Montclair adoption advocate Rachael Quinn Egan will drive to JFK airport this Friday to meet nine foster children arriving from Colombia through Kidsave’s Summer Miracles Program.
Kidsave is a volunteer-driven effort engaged in helping move older kids, ages 8 – 14, out of foster care or orphanages and into permanent, loving homes. The children will be hosted by families in the NY/NJ area for the month of July. Egan, who is hosting an 11-year-old girl named Denis, will help advocate to find her an adoptive family.
Egan adopted her daughter Francy through Kidsave five years ago when Francy was 13. Last week, Francy graduated Montclair High School and will attend an honors program at Rutgers this fall.
Of her own experience adopting, Egan says “A friend of mine who loves to do a lot of outdoor risky adventure stuff once told me he thought I was very brave to adopt a teenager, but as I told him we all just find our adventure and joy in different ways. Meeting one of these children might just be the greatest opportunity for a potential parent in our area, and it could be a life saving event for the child.”
Francy shares how being adopted by the Egans and moving to Montclair changed her life.
“I am grateful that Kidsave helped me to find my family and a place to call home. It was very scary at first because I couldn’t speak English and I was out of my comfort zone in this new country,” says Francy. “I loved Montclair High school where Ms. Madden and other great teachers helped me to do so well that I am now about to go to the honors living learning community at Rutgers in Newark to study business. I want to help other foster kids because it is really hard to age out of the system without a family to care for you. Kids who don’t have families face very difficult futures.”
Francy adds, “The kids who are about to arrive here for the summer are just like I was once. They are scared and curious, but excited to have new experiences. They are coming from orphanages where no one cares for them or makes them feel special. We want to make them all feel very special this summer.”
In addition to staying with host families and enjoying new experiences, the children will attend weekly events where families interested in adoption can meet them. Events scheduled in our area and nearby are below:
July 9, 12:30pm-3:30pm Pot Luck Picnic in the Park
Brookdale Park Playground- Bloomfield/Montclair NJ,
473 Watchung Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Park beside the playground- meet at playground picnic tables.
July 15, 12;30pm-3;30pm Self Portrait Collages
Hamilton Park – Jersey City, NJ
Meet: Northwest entrance of park at the corner of Hamilton
and 9th Street
Anyone who is interested in adoption and attending these events should email Lauren Gordon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call her at 310-413-1048.