Most of the children in the Latvia Hosting Program live with a foster family with a number of other foster brothers and sisters. These children look forward to the opportunity for hosting in the United States because it gives them the chance to learn English and improve their chances at a better future. While many of the children are well-cared for, hosting provides them with opportunities they might otherwise never have.
Our Latvia Hosting Program serves children between the ages of 9 and 16. We are looking for host families across the United States ready to open their homes for approximately 4-5 weeks to these children.
These are children who are a little bit older or are part of a sibling group. We call sibling groups our “little families,” and we try as hard as possible to keep them together. If your family is ready to bring a “little family” into yours, please let us know!
In general, this is what each country accepts for hosting, but please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation.
Citizenship: One parent must be a U.S. citizens, income, religion, and other factors will determine your eligibility.
- Age: Generally between 27-60 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.
- 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.
Become a Host Family! – Contact us below:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children’s Departure and Advocacy/Adoption Paperwork for adoptable children
Not all children in the Latvia hosting program will be adoptable. Please contact a Program Coordinator to find out if the child you wish to host is eligible for adoption. 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.