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Kidsave organization plans Southland visits

The Kidsave Summer Miracles program provides kids ages 10 13 who are growing up orphanages or foster care overseas chance

The Kidsave Summer Miracles program provides kids ages 10 to 13 who are growing up in orphanages or in foster care overseas the chance to stay with a family for four to five weeks during the summer. | Supplied photo

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What: Family Day at the Park, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Millennium Park Splash Pad, 18600 S. Harwood Ave, Flossmoor; Delightful Summer Scrapbooking Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, 7500 Sycamore Drive, Orland Park.

Information: Contact Kelly Driscoll, Kidsave Chicago Community Coordinator, at
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Updated: September 13, 2014 6:03AM



The international organization Kidsave, whose mission is to find homes for older children often forgotten in orphanages or raised to adulthood in foster homes, has again this summer sent children to the Chicago area from Colombia as part of its “Summer Miracles” program.

Angelica, 12, and her brother Juan, 11, arrived in early August and will stay with a host family for several weeks before returning home to their foster family in Colombia. The children have been in a foster home since 2008.

Kidsave’s goal to find them a forever home involves the children attending summer events to help them get to know American culture. Their experience will be that of a summer vacation. The children do not know their visit is also an opportunity for potential adoptive parents to meet and visit with them in a comfortable and relaxed setting.

Events in the Southland area are Family Day at the Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Millennium Park Splash Pad, 18600 S. Harwood Ave., Flossmoor; and the Delightful Summer Scrapbooking Party from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Orland Park Christian Reformed Church, 7500 Sycamore Drive, Orland Park.

Julie and David Agosto, of Flossmoor, in 2013 hosted three brothers who were visiting the United States for a second time after failing to be adopted by a family on their first visit. Their hosting experience was a very positive one, which resulted in the adoption of the three brothers, Julie Agosto said, into a loving family in Louisiana.

The Agostos, both 45, know the worth to everyone involved of bringing orphaned children into a home. They raised three daughters who now are in their 20s and then, over the course of about a dozen years, adopted three sons, now ages 13, 11 and 8.

“To be on the other side and see a family coming together was just a beautiful, beautiful thing,” Julie Agosto said.

Without the personal visits, she said, the adoptions might not happen.

“It’s critical to bring these kids (from Colombia) so people can meet them,” Agosto said. “All these children have a story but it’s part of who they are and it makes them stronger and more appreciative. Meeting the children really gives them a chance and an opportunity they wouldn’t have.”

Angelica and Juan are described as having strong ties and being supportive of each other, according to Kidsave.org.

The complete description reads, “They are both respectful, happy and outgoing and are leaders among their peers. Angelica is a responsible, resilient and loving girl. She is good at singing, painting and playing sports. She loves going on field trips, participating in her choir and playing basketball. Juan is a spontaneous, caring and cheerful boy who likes to make people laugh. He enjoys art, music, singing, painting and playing soccer. In school, he does well in all of his subjects, but especially math and science because he likes logic and research.

“To Angelica and Juan, family means protection, love and care.”



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