See our commonly asked questions below or contact us for more information.
GWCA/CAN Orphan Hosting runs programs with China and the Philippines. Children available for hosting are cleared for adoption at the time of being presented for hosting.
The China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) determines the children who are available for hosting:
- Boys and girls from 6-13 years of age
- Children with minor to moderate special medical needs
- Older, healthy children
The InterCountry Adoption Board (ICAB) and the Philippines government determine the children who are available for hosting:
- Boys and girls from 6-16 years of age
- Two or more siblings at one time
- Older, healthy children
What is the time length for hosting?
Our hosting programs are for 4-5 weeks during the Summer (typically anywhere between late June and early August) and our special holiday program is 4-5 weeks in the Winter (typically mid-December to mid-January). Many orphans have never spent a holiday with a family, and those who have often have not spend a holiday with a family in many years. This is why the holiday program is close to our hearts. It is a truly moving experience for both the family and child to be hosted during the holiday program.
We strongly encourage families to fundraise for their hosting experience. Some of our hosting families have been able to fundraise the entire amount for their hosting experience. Keep in mind ALL costs paid for a hosting program are considered tax-deductible donations. There is $100 discount for each additional child when hosting more than one child.
GWCA/Can Application: $250
China Hosting Donation: $3250
Philippines Hosting Donation: $3450
Ukraine Hosting Donation: $3050
Latvia Hosting Donation: TBA
*Note these costs are subject to change
Home Safety Visit (Varies by State)
Online Criminal and Sex Offender Background Clearance
Clothes for Children (Gently used are fine)
Living Expenses While Child is in Your Home
Travel for Arrival and Departure to a specific domestic airport to pickup/return child
Citizenship: One parent must be a US citizen
Age: Generally between 27-60 years old, depending on the country and special needs of the child, if any.
Marital Status: Single women and married couples are generally eligible in both countries, and single men can be considered on a case by case basis for Philippines
Criminal History: Applicants with a criminal history of child abuse, violence or domestic violence are not eligible to host
Health: Host parents must be in good health with no major medical or psychological concerns
We ask that you NOT discuss any aspect of adoption with the children or even in front of the children; do NOT mention the possibility, concept, or thought process in any form in their presence. No matter what you think or feel, do not do it. It is detrimental and confusing for the children, and you do not want to get their hopes up if things don’t work out as planned. The only thing worse than child living in an orphanage is having hopes raised that their life is going to change, they will be adopted, and then they are not.
Even if you are sure you’re adopting the child, there are those who feel an adoption is 100% taking place only to see in coming weeks and months that it isn’t going to happen for one reason or another. This happens every single program and an orphan is left to sort out their feelings of abandonment without the help of that family’s explanation.