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HOSTING & ADOPTION FAQs

Are all the children that come on the program available for adoption?

All of our Colombian children are available for adoption. Many but not all Ukrainian children are available for adoption; Galleries A-E are more often adoptable, but Galleries F and H usually are not. Nicaraguan children is host only.

Are the children insured during their stay in America?

All of the children who travel to the United States are insured. Please note this insurance is for medical emergencies only and cannot be used for general care clinics, non-emergency hospital visits or physician appointments. Families may choose to take their children for a check-up at their own expense. We have found that many doctors will offer discounts if they know the children are international orphans.

Can I adopt the child I host?

Many families are interested in adopting the children they host or meet through our Hosting Program. There are a large number of children who are already adopted and living in the United States and Canada as a direct result of the program. The advantage of the program is that it affords a number of life-changing opportunities for both your family and the child, whether adoption is a part of that plan or not.

Regardless of your reason to host, please be aware that Frontier Horizon is a humanitarian aid organization and not an adoption agency. While we are always excited to see adoptions work out, we have no hand in them or any way to influence adoption opportunities. The main goal of this program is ultimately to improve the welfare of orphan children across the globe. If you choose to adopt, please be aware the process is handled separately from our organization, and we do not have any control or influence over the adoption process, nor do we have any affiliation with adoption agencies.

Families have a month from the end of the hosting program to send a letter of intent.

As soon as possible, contact Carmina Alemar at CHI:

Children’s House International
506 Grover St. #115 Lynden, WA 98264

Office: 360-383-0623
Fax: 360-383-0640
carmina.a@chiadopt.org

Can I host a child even if I do not want to adopt?

Please do! We encourage and welcome individuals and families to host children even if they are not interested in adoption. Our primary goal is to raise awareness of orphan needs and to foster the improvement of the health, education, and general welfare of all orphan children. The hosting program itself raises funds and conducts activities for that purpose. You help us achieve such goals by hosting a child.

Can I keep in contact and/or financially support the child I host?

For our Colombian children, our primary focus is to encourage adoption and we do not have opportunities to sponsor them after hosting. However, for the Ukraine and Nicaragua galleries, ongoing support is strongly encouraged. You may keep in contact with the child you hosted through e-mail, and you may send money and/or packages to the child as often as you please. You will receive the e-mail of a translator upon request who will translate letters and ensure that your gifts get to your child for a nominal monthly fee.

Can I travel outside of the United States with my hosted child?

Under no circumstances are host families permitted to take their hosted children outside of the United States or Canada. Neither the children’s visas nor their insurance will allow the children to leave the country in which the host family lives.

Can I visit the child I hosted from Colombia?

No. The Colombian government will not allow families to visit these children unless it is apart of the adoption process.

Can I visit the child I hosted in Ukraine?

Yes! Frontier Horizon runs three or four short-term service trips each year, and we welcome you to come along. The children absolutely love having their host families visit them in Ukraine, and actually seeing the orphanages and the children in their homes proves to be a life-changing experience for our teams. Please contact us if you are interested in traveling on a team or if you would like to organize a team to travel to Ukraine through Frontier Horizon.

Can my host child stay longer than the prescribed time of the program?

NO! This is a strict rule that we cannot change. It is the requirement of all foreign governments and the US Embassy that the children return at the set end date of the hosting program. Any violation of this rule is breaking the law and endangers the future of our program as well as the future of the child you are hosting. If necessary, legal action will be taken.

Can my hosted child attend a sleep over?

It is the responsibility of host families to serve as the guardians of Frontier Horizon Hosting Program children at all times. Please read our handbook or contact us for more information on our policy regarding this.

Can my hosted child travel with me?

Children may travel throughout the passport country of the hosts when accompanied. Host families to Colombian children need to inform us of your schedule if you are taking your child more than two hours’ drive from your home. Children may not leave the United States or Canada.

Can we buy the child gifts while they are with us?

For Colombian hosting, there are strict guidelines on gifts that can be bought for the hosted child. Absolutely no electronic devises (cell phones, laptops, ipads, etc.) can be sent back with the child. Basic needs should be met and may even make a great goodbye gift, Oftentimes, the children come with just the clothes on their back and a small backpack of personal items. Any gift-giving is optional, but our advice is to moderate your giving.

Can we contact previous hosts for program references and advice?

Yes! We encourage you to contact families who have had experience hosting in the past or who eventually pursued adoption. For Colombia, contact CHI directly. For Ukraine and Nicaragua, contact Frontier Horizon.

Colombian Financial Requirements

Columbia Financial requirements for Summer Hosting Program

Partial grants are available for families hosting more than one child.

Hosting fee breakdown:

$2700 for 1st child

$5000 for two children ($400 off)

$7200 for 3rd child ($900 off)

$9200 for 4th child ($1600 off)

 

To hold a child on our website, please put down $500 (plus 3% for Paypal transfer fee) through our giving page at:  https://www.frontierhorizon.org/support-us/

The first half of the hosting fee due by May 1st (example: for one child after hold deposit has been paid is $850). The remaining half of the Hosting Program fee (for one child would be $1,350)  is due by June 1st. Refunds are not available after May 1st.

Send checks to:

Frontier Horizon
P.O. Box 4429
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Do you send children to any state in the US?

Yes. We will send children to any of the United States. We request that interested families try to bring at least five children to each host city but recruiting others in their community, but there is no requirement to do so. We do suggest interested families try to find a few more local families to host children since the interaction among the children is usually very beneficial to the hosting experience. Policies on domestic flights vary by country. Please contact us for further details or about where in Canada hosting is possible.

Essential requirements

Some essential requirements for the function of this program are are:

  • Guardians travel with the children from their home country with a 1:7 ratio. We ask host families to be open to the opportunity to host the orphanage guardians for part of the program time as well.
  • Host parents must be citizens of the United States or Canada and 25 and older.
  • Host families must complete 10 hours of training.
  • During the application process, potential hosts must complete or provide a valid short home study or home safety visit.

    Reminder: All hosting comes with some level of risk. Frontier Horizon cannot guarantee the child you choose to host will be a good fit or will be adoptable. On rare occasions, illness or unforeseen circumstances may complicate or hinder travel. Frontier Horizon has no control or responsibility concerning the decisions of orphanage staff, government officials, or adoption agencies.

I am unmarried, can I host a child?

We do not restrict our hosts to married couples or families. As long as the application materials are all submitted completely and standards as stated in the Hosting Handbook are met, you will be able to host.

Is it possible to obtain a student visa for the child I host?

Some families who do not want to adopt would prefer to bring their hosted children back to sponsor and watch over their education. This option is not possible in Colombia and very difficult in other host countries. As with adoptions, this process must be handled apart from Frontier Horizon. You may contact a local lawyer in your city that specializes in student visas. You may also refer the lawyer to Frontier Horizon if he has questions you cannot answer.

Is it unfair to host a child that you are not going to adopt?

Not necessarily. Our goal is to raise awareness and to provide orphaned children with a cultural and educational experience. It is preferable that those who host Colombian children are open and ready to adopt. With Nicaragua and Ukraine, hosting is strongly encouraged, even without the intent to adopt. The program has a 50-60% adoption rate, so there are many children who participate in the program and are not adopted. We strive to help as many children as possible, and there are numerous ways in which Frontier Horizon works to help these children. Often, families who do not adopt still take a vested interest in their hosted child’s future by funding that child’s basic needs and/or future education. Donations for basic needs such as food, clothing, medicine, and education as well as short-term humanitarian aid trips and grants for self-sufficiency projects or building repair all help to meet such needs. This program is just one more resource to improve the lives of the children with whom we work.

What are the ages of the children available for hosting?

The majority of our children are between the ages of 6 and 16. It is not possible to host infants or teenagers about to age out of the system. Most of the children available from Colombia are between 10 and 14.

Who decides which children come to visit the United States?

The answer varies by country. In Colombia, the government interviews the children and makes sure they
are good candidates for hosting. In Ukraine and Nicaragua, Frontier Horizon works closely with the orphanage directors and staff to select children who have good behavior, positive attitudes, and good grades in school. Children who are selected as hosting candidates see the trip to the United States or Canada as a reward. Despite our careful process, many children with behavioral and emotional issues have the chance to travel anyway. Please be aware of the risks of hosting an impoverished or orphaned child as outlined in the Hosting Handbook.