ARLINGTON, VA - This week marks the start of a new adventure for a group of Columbian orphans who are experiencing life in the DMV for the very first time. That adventure includes their first fireworks shows and other fun events planned throughout the rest of summer.
"Some of these kids have never ridden in cars before," explains Terry Baugh, the president of Kidsave. "So, so many firsts. For them, it's the little things are very special to them."
Terry Baugh started Kidsave years ago. "It came about because my friend and I discovered this problem of children stuck in orphanages and foster care all over the world."
The program pairs children with host families here in the States, as they advocate for the kids to be adopted.
One of the children in the program, Jean Carlos isn't just celebrating the Fourth of July, he's also celebrating his 12th birthday. His host parent, Heather Bress tells us that she "understand[s] there's something like 143 million orphans around the world that don`t have an option to be in a family." She and her husband are hoping to change that.
Maria, also twelve, is staying with a host family this summer, as well. She hopes to find a forever home. Her host parent, Mary Beth Long, describes Maria as "happy. She's absolutely amazing. She is beautiful, que bonita." Long also says that the experience has "been just great."
If you'd like to learn more about Kidsave and the work they're doing here in the States and globally, you can visit their website. You can also help the Kidsave Summer Miracles program by donating here. The group will double any gift up to $75,000.