The orphaned children of the Philippines face a cycle of poverty and abuse that is difficult to comprehend. In addition to facing a lack of education, good nutrition, and the permanency of a family, many of these children have at some point faced abuse from a family, seen the effects of alcoholism, or have lived on the street.
Children in the Philippines become unavailable for adoption at sixteen. The most common question we face in talking about the children in our hosting program is, “What happens when they age out?” The children, without much hope for their future, often re-enter the cycle that put them in the orphanage. Impoverished, without a good education, the children will face a life of poverty and may fall into some of the same patterns of abuse, alcoholism, and street life.
Through hosting, we can break this cycle for these amazing children. Hosting is the best opportunity we can provide because it gives families the opportunity to meet the children. Adopting an older kiddo, especially one who may come from a tough background, can be scary. Host to adopt and host to advocate families help us show the world that these kids are simply that…kids!
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.
GWCA/Can Application: $250
Philippines Hosting Donation: $3450
*Note that these costs are subject to change.
Home Safety Visit (Varies by State – many families are able to have this donated)
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
Per Philippines regulations, we are not permitted to post pictures of children currently available in our program. Please get in touch with us via our inquiry form to receive information on the children of our program!
The children of the Philippines are usually:
- Boys and girls are from 6-16 years
- Two or more siblings at one time
- Older, healthy children
Most of the children in the Philippines program will not have a particular special need. However, the experiences that these children have been through will leave them with emotional needs. Because many of the children in the Philippines have experienced neglect, varying types of abuse, or abandonment, these children need families that are ready to provide unconditional love and support.
Your family currently MUST reside in Texas, Florida, or Georgia to be eligible for our Philippines Orphan Hosting Program.
Children available for hosting are cleared for adoption at the time of being presented for hosting. GWCA/CAN works directly with the Philippines government, the InterCountry Adoption Board (ICAB), to determine the children who are available for hosting.
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 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 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
- Religious Affiliation (Philippines only): Parent(s) must demonstrate a relationship of at least 5 years with a religious or spiritual organization.
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
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.