The Summer Hosting Program is an incredible way to invest in the life of an orphan. Read below to learn more about how it works, and contact us if you’re interested in being notified about future hosting opportunities!
For orphaned children cared for by the Colombian child welfare system (ICBF), each year that passes means a sharp decline in their chances of being adopted. For many children who are 10 years old and older, their chances of finding a permanent home in a loving family are slim to none.
We’ve noticed that many people did not seriously considering adopting an older child until they actually got to know one, and this is the main reason why hosting programs can be very successful. These programs bring families from the United States in contact with older orphans from Colombia who are available for adoption, thus creating opportunities for these children to be brought into a forever family. Host families play an influential role in either considering adoption themselves as they host the child or in bringing that child into contact with other people in their lives who may be interested in adoption.
A host family’s role is to include the child in their day-to-day family life and introduce the child to their neighbors, coworkers, friends, and people from their place of worship. Our hope is that by the end of the child’s stay, a family interested in adopting them will be identified. ASC has seen great success in programs like this securing stable adoptive placements for older children, and we are thrilled to have had the chance to see many families formed through these programs.
Summer Hosting Q & A’s
Who Are the Children?
The children to be hosted are orphans in government care in Colombia between the ages of 12 and 14 years (sometimes with a younger sibling). The children apply to be part of the hosting program by submitting a personal statement outlining why they want to be adopted and the type of family they hope to be placed with. When a child and a host family are matched, the family receives background and medical information on the child as well as a photo.
How are the children prepared for their trip to America?
All children matched to a host family will gather at a Colombian orphanage for a two-week “vacation” before their trip to America. During this time, the children are prepared for their journey by: meeting with a social worker and psychologist, orienting them to some aspects of American culture, and helping them learn about their host family through photos and potentially a video chat.
What are the requirements to be a host family?
In order to host, you must be interested in adopting or in helping a child find a forever family. At least one parent must be over 25 years of age, and it is preferred that one parent can stay at home with the child during the hosting period. Further, the home assessment will include background checks and a visit to your home.
What kind of support will we receive?
An ASC staff member will be available to you 24 hours per day during the hosting period, should any questions or issues arise. Further, a bilingual psychologist from Colombia with experience in hosting situations will make a visit to your home to provide support during the child’s stay. ASC will also host two social events during the hosting period to allow the children and host families to spend time together and with staff members from ASC and Colombia.
How much does it cost?
The total cost for a family to host a child is $2,500. This fee includes the home assessment, translations, training, and ongoing support. You are responsible for all day to day expenses while the child is in your care.
What should I do if I’m interested in hosting?
Complete our simple contact form online. We look forward to speaking with you about this unique opportunity!
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