The Philippines hosting program was beyond what CAN expected. Our families had fun, the kiddos had an even better time, and we are seeing that many of these children will become official members of a lot of these families very soon.
We wanted to share some of the testimonies we have received from our families. We hope that more families will be encouraged to host kiddos in preparation for adoption. We are looking to develop many more hosting programs in the future and we need wonderful families like these to step up and help out.
“We hosted two boys, 9 and 15. We have four of our own, 7, 5, 2, and 6 months. People thought we were crazy, maybe, but we knew this was something we should do. Over the four short weeks we experienced more joy and happiness than any of you thought was possible. Two quiet, shy, strangers came in December and two of my own boys had to leave in January. This was an amazing, heart wrenching, great, horrible, crazy experience and we would do it again in a heart beat!!! Even my two year old kept saying he was going to go on the airplane too and go live in the Philippines.” -Smith Family
“An NHFC email arrived,but I did not read one until mid-November two days before the due date of application has. I called to be sure all children were spoken for.(Our lives were just too crazy.right?? We are currently residing in two states.) Alexandria, informs me that another family had to back out and if she does not find a back up by 7 pm, it was approximately 11 am at the time, this brother and sister would not get to come to the US for Christmas.
I had only briefly mentioned the program to my husband having thought “now is not the time”.
I called him,with the request of bringing two children into our home for “Christmas Hosting”. This would be a sibling group 14 year old male and an 11 year old female added to the already raging hormones of our 15,14,12, & 9 year old children (The 6 year old is still just loving life!!) this was no small request, then add on the financial commitment!My godly husband, told me to give him 1/2 hour to pray. He called me back, and said “Char, we can do this for these kids. It’s only a few weeks. God, has blessed us financially, and it is not for our lives to improve, but to help improve the lives of others.” (I do not think I have ever loved this man more!!!)I could go on and on; God brought us the two children who fit our family perfectly. We began adoption paperwork before their arrival due to the Holy Spirit prompting. When we met the kids we had immediate confirmation in our hearts and souls. The remarkable thing is all five of our biological children finally found something to agree on,they want these kids to be their siblings. John and Jill seem to feel the same. John said, “We were told by ICAB,we were going to the US to ‘Find a Better Family’ and we did.” Melt your heart!!!
We are asking God for BIG Miracles…He is a BIG GOD. He’s got this covered!!”
– McAfoose Family
“Dan and I feel like this hosting program was a wonderful way to include two children into our family who didn’t already have one. They are very special children and fun to be around. Their smiles would light up a room and their giggles made every one else laugh with them. Even though they were only here for a month, they had already started making connections with us and our family, and everyone included them into our family too. We were so blessed to have the opportunity to get to know them and to enjoy the Christmas holiday with them. This was a highlight for them too. The time went so quickly we wish they could have stayed longer, and we are hoping to see them again someday soon.” – Coll Family
It’s heart warming to hear the wonderful experiences these families had, I can only imagine what the kiddos are telling their friends at the orphanage. It is incredible to think the difference a little child can make, the Haase family said it best, “I was not prepared to fall in love.”
(What a precious moment caught on camera)
Due to various circumstances a few of these children do not have a forever family at this time. If your family is interested in learning more about them please contact Lacee@childrenofallnations.com to view their files.
1. Most of these kids understand what it means to be adopted and have a family, and they want it more than anything in the world.
2. Most of these kiddos are already in school and can be evaluated much more in depth cognitively.
3. Attachment can also be evaluated based on relationships built with caretakers, peers, or foster family.
4. Because the child is older it’s much easier to define their special need (if any) than with an infant.
5. All of the countries that CAN works with have older children available and ready for adoption.
6. You are helping to save a child’s future!
What to Expect
Older children are a wonderful addition to a family. There is typically a longer adjustment process. Keep in mind your older child has had life before this. It’s an abrupt change and requires adjustment to a whole new world. It is important to be patient and seek counseling before, during and after your trip to better understand the phases your child may endure.
Feel free to reach out to our international adoption consultant
Lacee@childrenofallnations.com to learn how to bring your child home now.
Why Adopt From Ukraine?
Once a dossier is registered in country, the process will typically move rapidly. A family could receive an invitation to meet their referred child in just 2-4 months!
Beautiful boys and girls typically ages 9 and up with minor special needs are ready and waiting to be adopted.
3. A family may adopt 2 or more siblings at the same time
4. In country staff is welcoming, experienced and wonderful to work with.
5. You are helping to save a child’s future! Most children in Ukraine that do not get adopted do not find work, and end up involved in crime or prostitution.
What to Expect
The adoption process in Ukraine is probably one of the smoothest out of all the countries, however, the dossier preparation process maybe one of the most difficult. A family adopting from Ukraine must be prepared to meet deadlines, have quick turn around with documents, be patient and understand the country’s strict policies. But once a dossier is registered in Ukraine the process is a breeze!
With adoption in particular, things are often not what they seem they should be, whether it’s rules and regulations, eligibility restrictions, understanding what makes a Waiting Child or who, where and why a child is even up for adoption. The most important thing to remember when adopting is having realistic expectations, as you never know exactly how the process will go.
At CAN we strive to provide the most realistic expectations for our families to help them make the best decisions for their family. We try to encourage families to ask as many questions as possible so we can provide them with all the information that we do have, or direct them in the right direction for the best answers. It is very important that we discuss each child specifically so everyone understands the best and worst case scenarios that could occur for a particular child. Our goal is for a family to feel as prepared as possible to be the best family for their child.
We want our families to be confident in much more than just their decision to adopt. We want them confident in the needs of their child, the country they are adopting from and most importantly the agency that is facilitating it all. No matter the country, child or agency, there will be an adjustment when your child comes home. Our agency strives to make families aware of all possible situations, but the best advice we have heard from families is to have no expectations at all, be prepared for anything and everything, and expect the unexpected.
Feel free to contact our international adoption consultant at email@example.com with any questions or concerns about adoption.