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The KidSave Summer Miracles program brings orphaned children from foreign countries to the United States to enjoy a five week summer visit with a family. These are older children, ages 8 through 13, who have little or no chance of finding adoptive parents in their own country.

Austin is currently hosting seven children (five girls and two boys) from Columbia. Click here to read more about these children. The Austin KidSave blog gives up-to-date information on their summer visit so far. While the boys are already in the process of being adopted, the girls have not yet found families. Listed below are several upcoming events that give prospective families an opportunity to interact with the children. For more information please contact Stephanie Karasick at stephaniekarasick@sbcglobal.net.


Saturday, July 18, 11 am – 3 pm
Westlake Beach on Lake Austin   
Kidsave 10th Anniversary  Celebration – We especially hope previous host families and Kidsave invloved families can join us for this celebration
This will be a bring-your-own meal and beverages event. Admission fee will be $8 for adults age 12 on up and $5 for children age 1 to 11.

Sunday, July 26, 2 pm – 4 pm
Bowling Event, Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover Avenue (512) 452-2518 (west of Lamar Blvd and just south of 2222).
Please RSVP to make sure we have enough lanes! Shoe rental donated by Dart Bowl and reduced Kidsave event rates of $7.50 per person for 2 hours of bowling.

Sunday, August 2, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Austin ‘s Park and Pizza, 16231 North IH-35 (Grand Avenue Parkway exit, near Pflugerville)
Video arcade games, miniature golf, go-karts, bumper boats, tea cups, Rio Grande train, laser tag, batting cages, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, pizza, pasta, salad, and soft drinks.

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Adoption and Schools Seminar

The local chapter of Families with Children from China (FCC) is hosting a seminar in August “Adoption and Schools”.

The details are…

Date: Friday, August 21, 2009

When: 7pm – 9pm

Where: Asian-American Cultural Center
11713 Jollyville Rd. Austin

Cost at Door: $7/person

Registration: email bjh0902@aol.com to reserve your seat.

Presenters: Deanne Brown and Becky Harding

Join FCC members and teachers Deanne Brown and Becky Harding for an evening of information and discussion about parental navigation of the educational system. As former teachers, the presenters will bring their unique perspectives to the conversation. Topics will include but are not limited to:

  • what the ideal school environment should look and feel like to parents and students
  • how to build a relationship with your child’s teacher
  • how to give your child the tools s/he needs to address possible adoption issues
  • how to be a positive advocate for social change


Deanne Brown taught English in grades 10, 11, and 12 in Virginia for 5 years, then spent several years in youth ministry with high school and middle school aged kids. Later she returned to teaching in Austin, teaching 5th grade at Pease Elementary for 7 years while preparing to adopt her two daughters, Grace, and Sarah. Since summer 2004, she has been a stay-at-home mom for Russ, the girls, and several cats.

Becky Harding taught high school theatre, speech, debate and English in Ohio for ten years. She then spent three years teaching in New York and south Florida before beginning a career as a middle school theatre arts educator at Covington and Clint Small middle school’s. She is a former Austin ISD Teacher of the Year retiring in 2002 to be stay at home parent to her two daughters from China. She currently serves as president of FCC Austin.

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