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Kristan's 20th Birthday Campaign
15 days to $1,000

Hi, I'm Kristan!

I'm 19 years old (20 in 15 days!) When I was a kid, all the other girls were dreaming of their weddings, their husbands, the flowers, the cake, the dress. I was dreaming of something different.  I was dreaming of the day I’d adopt the most lovely little soul I’d ever lay my eyes on. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was in 4th grade. I know that life is so uncertain, and so many things may change from now to then. But the one thing in my life that I feel absolutely certain that I am meant to do one thing, adopt a kid.

Right now, I am nowhere the place I need to be in order to adopt but that doesn't mean I can't help or advocate for these kiddos. So here's my plan, in the remaining 15 days before my birthday I want to put a fundraiser to help fund suitcases for foster kids. 

Why suitcases? Often when foster children are being transported from home to home their belongings are all put in a trash bag. I find that inhumanine. Children, nor their things are garbage so there is no reason for them to be handle this way. 

Here are some fast facts about adoption and foster care:

  • Approximately 2.5% of all U.S. children are adopted.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, in 2013, more than 23,000 young people aged out of foster care without permanent families.
  • Research has shown that these children who leave foster care without being linked to forever families have a higher likelihood to experience homelessness, unemployment and incarceration as adults.

In the 15 days between now and my 20th birthday, I want as many people as possible to give me $20 so I can get these kids the dignity they so badly deserve. I honestly don't need or want anything else but this. I want to help these kids to be able to know that someone somewhere cares for them.

Thank you so much for sharing, giving, and reading!

 

-Kristan 

My personal blog posts on adoption: https://kristanasaucedo.wordpress.com/category/adoption/

 

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