David and John

David and John

David, age 15, was born in El Salvador. After a rocky start in life and losing his mother, David was brought to the United States by his brother, who hoped that by coming here he would have a better life.

After spending a couple of years in foster care, David was referred to Kidsave’s Weekend Miracles program. At our events David was incredibly shy, and clearly still navigating the complexities of the English language. However, he had a sweetness to him, and after a couple of events, one of our prospective hosts, John, realized that David’s shyness melted away if you got him talking about anything to do with math or computers.

David and John started spending more and more time together at different Kidsave events. After a while, it was clear that a special bond had developed between them. Last spring, John was officially matched as David’s host. Since being matched, John has taken an active role in David’s life. John was able to get David a used laptop to help him complete his schoolwork. John also communicates with David’s teachers so that he is aware of any areas where David is struggling academically.

David now spends at least two weekends a month at the home of John and his wife, Candace. David and John frequently Skype during the week to go over homework and just check in. This hosting relationship has enabled David to enhance his English skills, and he continues to come out of his shell as he meets and interacts with members of John’s family and friends. Currently, David is taking AP courses at his high school and maintaining a solid GPA.

David is a perfect example of the difference a caring, stable adult can make in the life of a foster youth. Thanks to the support provided by John, David is looking at a brighter future.

Kidsave events have given my youth opportunities to seek supports within the community. The Kidsave hosts who have connected with my teens have provided support to teens who feel they have very little.


Fawnda Sandoval, Child Social Worker III

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Adoption and Permanency Resource Division

Kidsave Weekend Miracles brings in a whole group of adults who weren’t ready to foster or adopt but want to make a difference in a child’s lives…
There are a slew of families interested in making a difference.


Sari Grant

Los Angeles County Recruitment Administrator

Eight years into hosting I can truly say Tawanesha is my family. The Kidsave experience has changed both of our lives for the better. Watching Tawanesha persevere through obstacles has been the most fulfilling experience ever.


Jesseca Ryan

Kidsave Host

Phone: 310-642-7283
Fax: 310-641-7283
100 Corporate Pointe Suite 380
Culver City, CA 90230