America World is recruiting host families for our Spring 2013 Welcoming Angels Hosting Program. We are looking for advocacy and adoption minded families to host older orphaned children from Ethiopia for 4 weeks during the month of June. At this time, interested families must be willing to host children, mostly boys, ages 12-15 and sibling sets with boys and girls between 10-15 years old. We have a few girls age 13 and 14 available. We also have healthy girls and boys age 7 and up that are HIV+ and are waiting to participate in the program as well.
"Hosting an orphan helped to make the adoption process a success. We believe hosting eliminated false expectations. We already saw the good and the bad. It has helped us know how to prepare for her transition into our family. Hosting is kind of like a courtship before committing to marriage and we feel this was the best thing our family could have done."-Kori Tuckerman, 2012 Hosting Mother
Hosting communities are now forming in Indiana, South Carolina, Arizona, Maryland, California, Oregon, Washington, Missouri and Wisconsin.
For information on the hosting program and answers to frequently asked questions (“FAQs”), please visit our website.
The cost to host a child is $1,800 plus the child’s airfare. The cost includes social work services, training, program fees, travel documents/visas for the children, medical evaluations of the children prior to participation in the program, etc. Airfare cost can range from $1,300 - $2,000. Group airfare will be purchased to keep costs as low as possible. Fundraising is encouraged.
For more information on how to become a host family or to inquire about hosting in your state, please contact Michelle Reed, Welcoming Angels Hosting Program Director.