Orphan Hosting Programs

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Orphan Hosting and Homestay provides children an amazing opportunity to be loved by a family and see life outside their orphanage, but more importantly, it connects potential forever families to these older orphans who may never have had a chance at being part of a family. Typically, over 75% of children who are hosted end up being adopted after their first host trip, whether by their host family or their host family’s community members, extended family members, or friends. Become a Homestay Host Family and be a part of something more.

All hosting fees are considered tax deductible donations, so you will receive a tax deductible letter from our office for your support towards an orphan in need!

Contact us for more information at (512) 323-9595 or email at info@orphanhosting.com!

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Hosting Programs by CountryThe Cost of HostingFundraisingWhat's Required?How to Get MatchedWhy Host With Us?

Children of All Nations currently runs programs with four countries. Check back regularly to find out when we are expanding to new countries!

China Homestay and Hosting – Children available for hosting and homestay from China are cleared for adoption at the time of being presented for hosting.

Philippines Homestay and Hosting – Children available for hosting and homestay from the Philippines are cleared for adoption at the time of being presented for hosting.

Latvia Homestay and Hosting – Homestay and Hosting programs in the Ukraine will have boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16. We are looking for host families across the United States ready to open their homes to these children for hosting programs.

The costs of hosting with Children of All Nations include some amazing benefits for families interested in adoption. If you choose to adopt with us, your hosting application will also serve as your adoption application, which means you don’t need to file again with a separate agency. Hosting fees also include Hague Training for adoption, which can often cost anywhere from $300-$500.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. Please see our FAQs about methods and suggestions for fundraising.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.

Program Costs:
GWCA/Can Application:              $250
China Hosting Donation:             $3250
Philippines Hosting Donation:   $3450
Latvia Hosting Donation:            $3150

*Note that these costs are subject to change.

Additional Expenses:
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 (if applicable)

Many families want ideas for how to fundraise for their hosting experience – we’ve compiled just a few here that have worked both for our hosting and our adoptive families. Since many adoption assistance grants will not cover costs of hosting, these resources are specific to homestay and hosting only. For adoption fundraising ideas, please see our Financial Assistance page on our Adoption websites.Search the Hosting & Homestay PhotolistingIn order to view the Children available for Hosting and Homestay you must complete the form on your right and

Eligibility  largely  depends  on  the  country  you  wish  to  host  a child from, and whether you intend to “host to adopt” or “host to  advocate”.    In  general,  this  is  what  each  country  accepts for  hosting,  but  please  contact  us  for  a  free  case-by-case consultation. In some cases, income, religion and other factors will determine your eligibility.

  • Citizenship: One parent must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Age:  Generally between 29-60 years old, depending on the country and the special needs of the child, if any.
  • Marriage  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 Latvia.
  • 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.
  • Eligibility requirements are subject to change per each country’s laws. CAN updates these guidelines as necessary.
  1. Application and Approval

    To  host  a  child(ren),  please  complete  our  agency  application. For  your  convenience,  we  have  made  it    available  to  you online  at  http://childrenofallnations.com/orphan-hosting/orphan-hosting-application/.   We  will  review your  eligibility  to host  and begin matching you with a host child once we have received  your  application.  If  approved,  we  will  provide  you with our agency contract that outlines our fees and important information regarding the hosting process.

  2. Contract and Matching

    Upon receipt of your signed contract, your Program Coordinator will lock in your host child match, and send you all the forms you will need to fill out before your child can come to the U.S. You will also receive a host parent guide and other resources. You’ll also be matched with a host mentor and advocacy coach at this time, who will be there to support you along with your Program Coordinator.

  3. Documents and Training

    You will need to work on your documents as quickly as possible to ensure your child’s timely arrival to the U.S. for hosting. Your Program Coordinator will guide you through this process. If your documents  are  not  received  on  time,  the  foreign government reserves the right to cancel your hosting program. You will also need to complete important training online and via webinar so that you are prepared for your host child’s arrival.

  4. Children’s Arrival and Participation

    The  most  exciting  day  is  when  your  host  child  arrives! This  is when the magic happens: your  family’s  life and the  child’s  life are being forever impacted during this experience. You will do fun things together as a family, bond, and truly love on the child.

  5. Children’s Departure and Advocacy/Adoption Paperwork for adoptable children

    Once the children return home,  it’s time for you to either start your adoption paperwork  (if your child is adoptable),  or continue your advocacy to find the child a forever family. If you are starting on adoption paperwork, you will need to turn in your adoption agreement  through  GWCA/CAN  within  2  weeks  of  the  child returning. If you are advocating for your host child to find a  forever family, you can work with our team and your mentor to continue your advocacy efforts.

  • Ultimately, our goal is for ALL of our adoptable host children to find their forever family after their first host trip, whether it’s their host family  or a family within their community. If you are considering adopting an older kiddo, this could be your opportunity to bring the child into your home so that you can get to know them prior to completing the adoption!
  • Our hosting team travels to meet and interview each each of the kids before the matching takes place. This ensures that you can have as much information as possible when deciding which kiddo would be the best fit for your family.
    • For programs where some of the children have special needs, our hosting team is accompanied on their trip by a medical professional who is able to evaluate the children’s needs and ensure that they are safe to travel and participate in the program.
  • Our Orphan Hosting programs are run through our agency rather than a partner agency, making the transition from hosting to adoption much smoother. In fact, we’re more than happy to help families begin the adoption process before they host in order to minimize the time that they’re apart from their kiddo after the hosting program.
  •  All fees associated with our hosting programs are considered tax deductible donations, and go towards paying for much more than your child’s airfare, including:
    • Your host child’s travel document preparation
    • Background checks
    • Home safety visit
    • Travel to an international hub
    • Hague Training courses – they’re all ONLINE, so you never have to leave the comfort of your home!
    • Medical Insurance for your child during the program
    • Adoption Application – If you end up moving forward with adoption, even if it’s not with your host child, your adoption application fee is waived.
  • Don’t let the cost of hosting keep you from making a difference, we have countless suggestions for fundraising, and several free alternatives such as being a chaperone host family, or a backup host family!
  • All host families that move forward with the adoption of their host child are eligible to apply for our exclusive host-to-adopt grants!