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HOSTING & ADOPTION FAQs

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

Yes.  All children hosted from Colombia are completely cleared for adoption.

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

All Colombian children are available for adoption. Most but not all Ukrainian children are available for adoption and Nicaragua 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, hospital visits or physician appointments. Families may choose to take their children for a check-up at their own expense; often a doctor or dentist will do the work free or give a discount if they know the children are international orphans.

Can families hold a Colombian child they have hosted for adoption ?

Yes, families have a month to send a letter of intent. Contact Carmina Alemar at CHI:

Children’s House International

506 Grover St. #115 Lynden, WA 98264

360-383-0623 Office

360-383-0640 Fax

carmina.a@chiadopt.org

Can I adopt the child I host?

Many families are interested in adopting the children they host or meet through the Frontier Horizon Travel Program. There are a large number of children who are already adopted and living in the United States as a direct result of the program. You may want to experience having an older child in your house before you adopt, or you may simply want to give a child a vacation away from the orphanage for a few weeks. The advantage of the program is that it affords a number of life-changing opportunities for both your family and the child. Regardless of your reason to host, please be aware that Frontier Horizon is a humanitarian aid organization and not an adoption agency. The main goals of this program are ultimately to improve the health, education, and general welfare of orphan children in Ukraine. While we are excited about the potential of adoption for these children, Frontier Horizon is not an adoption agency. 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.

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

Yes, please do! We encourage and welcome individuals and families to host children even if they are not interested in adoption. Our primary goal of the travel program is to raise awareness of the children’s needs to foster the improvement of the health, education, and general welfare of all orphan children in Ukraine. Therefore, the travel program itself raises funds 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?

Not for Colombia since the focus is mainly on adoption. However, for Ukraine and Nicaragua, it 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?

No, host families are not permitted to take their hosted children outside of the United States. Neither the children’s visas nor their insurance will allow the children to leave the United States.

Can I visit the child I hosted from Columbia?

No. The Colombian government will not allow visits outside 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 that you may join. 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 hosted child attend a sleep-over?

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

Can my hosted child travel with me?

Children may travel throughout the United States. Colombian host families need to inform us of your schedule if you are taking your child more than two hours from your home. Children may not leave the United States.

Can singles adopt from Colombia?

Yes, singles can adopt from Columbia.

Can the 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 prescribed time. Any violation of this rule is breaking the law and it endangers the future of the whole program as well as the future of the child you are hosting. If necessary, legal action will be taken.

Can we buy the child gifts while he or she is in the 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, pads, etc.) can be sent back with the child. Basic needs are great for the child, 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 families who have hosted in the past for program references and advice on adoption?

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

Do you send children to any state in the US?

We will send children to any state within the United States. We request that interested families try to bring at least five children to each host city 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.

I am a single woman, can I host a child?

As long as all of the application materials are included, single women can host children as well. We do not restrict our hosts to married couples or families.

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

Some families who do not want to adopt want to bring their child to the United States to go to school or college. This option is not possible in Colombia and extremely 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?

It is preferable that Colombia host families are open and ready to adopt. However, in some cases where the host family is willing to strongly advocate for a harder to place child, it might be allowed. With Nicaragua and Ukraine hosting without the intent to adopt is strongly encouraged. Our goals are to raise awareness and to provide orphaned children with a cultural and educational experience in the United States. 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 tries to help the children. 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. 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.

What are the ages of the children traveling?

The ages of the children usually are between the ages of 6 and 17. For Columbia, the children are usually over 10

Who decides which children come to visit the United States?

This varies by country. In Colombia, the government interviews the children and makes sure they
are good candidates for hosting. In other countries, Frontier Horizon works closely with the orphanage Directors and orphanage staff to select children who have good behavior, positive attitudes, and good grades in school. Children are selected with the intention of the Travel Program and trip to the United States as a reward for them. Despite our process, children do end up traveling to the United States who have behavioral and emotional issues. Please be aware of this when hosting.