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 this link. We will review your eligibility to host and begin matching you with a host child once we have received your application. Meet the children available for hosting at our photolisting. Keep in mind the photolisting changes with every program and is typically current and available from February – May and from August – November. 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.
We strongly encourage families to fundraise for their hosting experience. Please see our page about methods and suggestions for fundraising. Some of our hosting families have been able to fundraise the entire amount for their hosting experience. Keep in mind that the donation paid for a hosting program is tax-deductible. There is $100 discount for each additional child when hosting more than one child.
GWCA/Can Application: $250
Latvia Hosting Donation: $3150
*Note that these costs are subject to change.
The donation goes towards paying for much more than your child’s airfare, including:
-Your host child’s travel document preparation
-Home safety visit
-Travel to an international hub
-Medical Insurance for your child during the program
-Hague Training courses – they’re all ONLINE, so you never have to leave the comfort of your home!
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)