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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.

 

 

The Children

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!

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Photo taken by Orphan Hosting staff on the 2015 Latvia Hosting interview trip.

Photo taken by Orphan Hosting staff on the 2015 Latvia Hosting interview trip.

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:

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  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

    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.