Around the world, there are over 143 million children in orphanages and foster care waiting for the love of a forever family. It is easy to look at the overwhelming needs of these children and feel helpless. Many of these children have never had, or cannot remember, a normal family life, a warm embrace, a game of catch, or even a family vacation. They may not know what it is like to have a loving, caring family. Others are recent orphans due to unexpected circumstances in their lives. Unfortunately, most of the children are older than five years of age or are part of a sibling group and with each passing year are less likely to be adopted.
The good news is that you can make a lasting impact on an orphan’s life through hosting! Hosting allows older orphans from China, Latvia and Ukraine, generally school age, to live with American families for 4-5 weeks over the winter or summer. Hosting helps these children learn everyday social skills, receive an introduction to American culture and English, and experience the meaning of a family. Without hosting many of these children will “age out” of the system and never experience the life-changing love that a family provides.
Through hosting you can make a difference in the life of a child and possibly even change their live forever. Won’t you consider opening your hearts and your home to an orphan for 4-5 weeks over the winter or summer? Through hosting, you can provide a child with first-hand experience of a healthy family, unconditional love and affection, and above all the knowledge that no matter what the future holds, they have someone who cares.
Hosting is a great opportunity to invest your time, energy, and money on a human life who may otherwise never know his or her true value! Hosting will not only change a child’s life forever, but will also change your life in ways you never imagined!