Please also visit the FAQ page for more hosting information.

To become a Summer Miracles host parent:

  1. You must live in or near one of our existing communities:
    • Austin, Texas
    • Des Moines, Iowa
    • Southern California
    • Northern California
    • Metropolitan Washington, DC (including Virginia and Maryland)
    • Metropolitan New York (including New Jersey and Connecticut)
    • Miami – Dade County/Ft. Lauderdale


    Don’t live in any of these communities but still want to get involved? Start a Kidsave community in your area! These communities consist of a group of local families and volunteers who together commit to hosting children for five weeks during the summer. For more information, please contact We also welcome adoption service providers and community and religious organizations as partners.
  2. You must be at least 25 years of age.
  3. Host parents must fulfill all program requirements. Start by completing a host inquiry form.
  4. 2011 Host Application Form can be obtained by contacting your local community coordinator.
  5. Upon satisfactory completion of program requirements, host parents pay a $1,250 hosting fee and are matched with a participating child. Hosting fees are applied to the cost of a child’s participation in the program. Fees are charged once per family, regardless of the number of children that are hosted. Fees are non-refundable. (Pay hosting fees here).
  6. Prepare yourself and your community to host a child by attending meetings and training sessions! (Upcoming sessions)

The Kidsave Summer Miracles Welcome Packet can be found here.

Interested in adopting an older youth?

Kidsave is not an adoption agency. However, through our program we connect youth with caring adults who are interested in adoption and refer families to partnering placement agencies. If you are interested in adopting an older youth, we encourage you to attend one of our information sessions or Summer Miracles community events and meet the children who are participating in our program.