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Dan Spransy

Realty Executives Cooper Spransy

Nearly two years ago, Dan Spransy, broker/owner at Realty Executives Cooper Spransy in Madison, Wis., launched Before 16. The 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation matches host families with international orphans who are almost 16 years old—the age at which most adolescents around the world are forced out of the adoption system.

“When these kids are hosted, the chance of them finding a family goes from around 1 percent to upwards of 70 percent,” Spransy told RISMedia’s Housecall blog earlier this year. “Given that around 60 percent of the girls end up in prostitution or sex slavery, and many of the boys in the criminal world, I look at it as we are literally saving kids’ lives.”

Dan Spransy | President & Owner

Realty Executives Cooper Spransy

"When these kids are hosted, the chance of them finding a family goes from around 1 percent to upwards of 70 percent. Given that around 60 percent of the girls [that age out of the system] end up in prostitution or sex slavery, and many of the boys in the criminal world, I look at it as we are literally saving kids' lives."