Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the 25 children from China made it safely to the U.S. for our Holiday Hosting Program. They are all safe and sound with their host families and we can’t wait to hear stories, see photos and help all of these children find forever families.
Look at some of the photos from our airport arrivals!Read More
Are you interested in hosting a child from China or Philippines, but not quite ready to take the full plunge into being a full time host family for 4 weeks? If so, consider participating as a Backup Host Family to gain valuable experiences and opportunities with host children who may need to be relocated from their primary host families. These host children may need to be moved on a rare occasion for several possible reasons, but ultimately they need a safe, encouraging environment while they are here.
Here are FIVE great reasons to be a Backup Host Family:
1) All hosting fees for the Host Child placed with your family are already paid in full by the Primary Host Family (excluding potential travel expenses to pick up child and expenses during the child’s stay with your family)
2) All necessary paperwork and action items for you to qualify as a host family will already be accomplished, so if you enjoy your experience, signing up to be a Primary Host Family the next go around will be simple and easy
3) You can always discuss the child’s habits, likes, dislikes, and learn more about the child from the first-hand experience of the Primary Family before you bring the child into your home.
4) You will receive full file disclosure from the country (medical history, personal interviews, etc) on the Host Child staying in your home
5) If you are asked to take over as a Backup Host Family, you will have access to a Program Mentor, Program Coordinator, and Translator to support you full time during the program.
Backup Host Families are needed in cases in which the Host Child can no longer stay with the Primary Host Family. Often, these are through no fault of the child and may simply be due to an unforeseen emergency within the Primary Host Family. There will be a transparent line of communication with Backup Host Families about any issues the child may experiencing that might have cause the need for a move. You can let us know, for any reason, that you will not be able to serve as the Backup Host Family for a particular child after we contact you. The children from both China and Philippines are accompanied by Chaperones from their orphanages or social workers from the Chinese/Filipino Governments to the United States, and the Chaperone will check in with the child during his or her stay with your family. You are always supported as a backup host family.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call April at 512-323-9595 x3061.Read More
Join our TEAM and contribute to our upcoming host programs. All proceeds acquired from these t-shirts will go toward hosting grants for the Summer 2015 program. These shirts will be worn by all of our hosting kids as they arrive to meet their host families for the 2014 Holiday Program. We ask that all family members and friends that will be meeting these children at the airport purchase a shirt. The shirts will be available to order until November 5th. They are $20, which includes shipping. T-shirts will be shipped after November 20th. Send this link to your friends and families and make a difference in a child’s life by joining our TEAM today!
Do you know what TEAM stands for?
Are you looking to help an orphan but not sure how? There are so many children hoping to visit America for the holidays. All these kids need is a little extra help to get here. Your donation could help bring one of the kids home forever.
Donate here and note which of the following children your donation is for in the ‘in honor of’ field.
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Top 10 Reasons to Host an Orphan
- To help find an orphan a forever family.
- Allowing a child to experience the love a family.
- The child will change your life for the better.
- Motivate and build a child’s self-esteem.
- To give a child the gift of hope and love.
- To show a child life outside the orphanage.
- Show your family what it means to be grateful.
- Educate your family about another culture.
- Provide a child with many ‘first encounters’.
- Raise awareness for orphans worldwide.
To learn how to be an Orphan Warrior and host an orphan in your home, visit www.orphanhosting.com.Read More
Our Asia Holiday Hosting photo listings for China and the Philippines are now available.
These children will be coming to the U.S. the first week of December and will be staying until the first week of January.
We are looking for families that are interested in hosting to adopt as well as hosting to advocate.
Apply Today to be matched!
Visit www.orphanhosting.com to learn more.Read More
Visit www.orphanhosting.com to learn more about the 2014 Holiday Hosting Program.
“Today we wrapped up our interviews in our first orphanage and spent hours deliberating which kids to select for hosting. They ALL stole our hearts, but unfortunately we could only select about half for the program! After all, we still have kids from two other orphanages who deserve a chance to have a life-changing trip to America this winter. As we bumped along in the car on the way to orphanage number 2, our three American-sized bodies squeezed into the backseat of a Chinese-sized compact car, we finally settled on the sweet kids from orphanage 1 we will match with our families.
I could not have asked for a more amazing, talented, intelligent, dedicated and fun interview team. “Dr. G.” and Alex, our Program Coordinator, are superheroes for these kiddos. Of course, the only thing we’ve argued about this whole trip is which one of us would host our “Karate Kid.” (We finally agreed we should let one of you guys host him, because we just couldn’t decide who would be lucky enough to have this honor among the 3 of us.) Here is how our interview went with him:
“Bruce” (honorably nicknamed after Bruce Lee), walked in with a stoic and serious look on his face. He was ready to get down to business. He promptly obeyed every task we asked him to complete and matter-of-factly answered each question. Oh, he was aiming to please! We kept asking him things that would get him to show personality, and he certainly took initiative to do things like write his name. Finally, we got to the “what would he like to learn to do?” question. All of the sudden he lit up and said, “get better at martial arts!” And he immediately proceeded to perform and entire sparring routine, complete with perfect form, “hi-yas,” and ended with a bow. Then he posed like a real karate kid for his hosting photo! He was so proud to impress us, and thanked us for letting him show off his skills. And we just have to add that he is incredibly handsome for a 9 year old, so watch out ladies, this little Cupid will be on the loose September 20th, so get your applications in before that for a chance to be matched with our sweet Bruce!
Ni Hao from The interview team in Guangzhou! We’ve had two amazing days interviewing the sweetest, fun loving, most beautiful children we’ve ever seen! We can’t wait to share their smiling faces with you in a few days. As we prepare their bios and photos for our first 40 VIP families (still a few spots available!), you can look forward to some cute stories and photos from the trip.
(Part of our team interviewing one of the children.)
Here’s our favorite interview story of the day:
Little “Caleb” walked in with a big smile and kind eyes. He waved and said “ni hao” and was so happy to see us! He had a look on his face like, “It’s finally my turn? Can I draw a picture for you?” One interview technique we use to evaluate he kids’ cognitive abilities is to have them draw a face or person. He eagerly drew a face, and looked up at our “Dr. G.” seeking approval for his drawing after each feature: eyes, nose, mouth, etc. As we asked him questions, with a sheepish grin he shyly but willingly answered. Favorite color: red; favorite food: spicy! Then came the question where he melted our hearts with his answer: “If we could grant you one wish, what would it be?” And his answer was, “I want to go find some parents in America, and then come back every three years to visit my foster mom and friends.” We looked at each other, and “awww” was a universal word for all of us, both Chinese and English speakers.
You can look forward to seeing him and others who expressed their interest in visiting the US to live with a family very soon! These kids are already stealing our hearts and we are barely halfway through the interviews! Check back tomorrow to read about our favorite “karate kid”!
Below is our Interview Team with the Director of the Guangzhou Orphanage.Read More
Orphan Hosting – VIP Registration
– Priority Matching
– Free CCCWA Keepsake Book
– Exclusive early viewing of child list
– Tax deductible fees
Oh Happy Summer! 15 Kids have come home with their families in the month of August. Thirteen of these beautiful children were from China, and two from Latvia! We are so thrilled to have the kiddos home safe with their forever families. Look at some of the smiles that have finally made it home!
This summer we sent 49 children on the CCCWA Summer Heritage Tour. Our children and families toured China and learned all about their homeland. Some of the children even got to visit their orphanage. CCCWA released a wonderful article about the event. They displayed several picture of Director Li and their children. We are so honored to participate in such a unique experience. It’s not too late to begin registering for next year’s CCCWA Heritiage Tour!