Ukraine Hosting

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The number of children living in orphanages in Ukraine is sky-rocketing. Due to an unstable economy, in-country strife, and poverty, children are often left to live in the orphanages. Many of the children will not have had the opportunity to be what they are – a kid.
Children around the world living in orphanages often experience lack of education, food shortages, neglect, abuse, and violence. Many have experienced life on the street. In Ukraine, children become unavailable for adoption at age 16, and many will end up on the street after they leave the orphanages. The chance of becoming a victim of violence is incredibly high for each of these children.
The need for loving families open to an older child from the Ukraine has never been more urgent. Through hosting, you can meet one of these amazing children and provide them with a break from the life they experience day-to-day in the orphanage.

We now will have the opportunity to meet with and interview each of the children in our hosting program! These amazing kids want the things they’ve never had – a good education, an opportunity for their future, and most importantly, to be loved.

Most of the children in our program will have no medical need or a very minor need. The very fact of growing up in an orphanage will bring on some delays. Without the love and attention a family provides, plus access to good education, most of the children in hosting will be about a year behind what we might expect a child of their age to be. These children absolutely can catch up, and our Ukraine families have amazing stories of their child’s transition into life with a family!

While during hosting, we cannot discuss the adoptability of the children in our Ukraine program. However, the goal of all our hosting program is to find children who wish to be adopted a forever family! Contact us today to find out more about this process in Ukraine.

Children available for hosting are:

  • Boys and girls from 9-15 years of age (children must be under 16 to be eligible for adoption)
  • Children with minor medical needs
  • Older, healthy children

If you’re ready to take the journey of hosting a child, apply now!

In general, this is what each country accepts for hosting, but please contact us for a free case-by-case

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.

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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   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.