Ten Colombian orphans, ages 8 to 14, are spending four weeks in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, in hopes of finding adoptive homes.
Through a program called Summer Miracles, the volunteer-driven organization Kidsave pairs the children with host families throughout the nation for one month. The goal of the program is to provide the children with a carefree summer vacation and, ideally, connect them with families looking to adopt.
The program is hosting two more events—one in Virginia and one in Maryland—where prospective families can meet the children and get more information about the adoption process. The events are: Saturday, July 15, 1-4 p.m. at Fairlington Recreation Center in Arlington, and Saturday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m. at a home at 3771 Point of Rocks Road in Jefferson, MD.
One of the children, 11-year-old Sharon, is staying with the Pomeroy family in Middleburg for four weeks. Nicol Pomeroy said since Sharon arrived June 30, her family has packed the schedule with fun activities. So far, they’ve done art projects, baked, attended birthday parties, spent a lot of time playing outside, and traveled to Ocean City so Sharon could experience the beach for the first time.
“Our goal is to give her the best vacation experience we can,” Pomeroy said.
But her host family also wants to find a permanent home for Sharon. Pomeroy described her as a kind, respectful girl who loves the outdoors and cooking. The biggest struggle has been the language barrier, but Pomeroy said her family has learned a bit of Spanish and Sharon has learned a bit of English in the process.
Pomeroy, who has a background in social work and previously worked as a foster care worker, said she stumbled on to the Kidsave website a few years ago and loved the concept. “If you’re looking to adopt an older child, especially internationally you’re doing that by looking at a photograph and maybe a small portfolio,” she said. “But with Kidsave, prospective families have an opportunity to actually meet these kids and see if there’s an actual connection. That piece to me is what sets it apart from a regular adoption scenario.”
Kidsave, which has an 83 percent adoption rate, also operates a Weekend Miracles program where prospective adoptive families can spend a weekend getting to know children who need a home. Learn more about Kidsave and the Summer Miracles program at kidsave.org.