Back Up Host Family – We Need YOU!

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 april@childrenofallnations.com or call April at 512-323-9595 x3061.

 

Oh Boy! The Joy of Boys!

 

Oh Boy! The Joy of Boys!
Forty percent of our adoptions from China in 2013 were little boys. We have come a long way to bring these little guys home. However most people don’t realize how many boys are actually waiting. There are over 1200 boys waiting to find their forever families. It is not uncommon for the little boys to be overlooked, it is sad to think that just because they are born a boy it is more unlikely that they will find a forever family than if they were a girl. Many of these boys have very minor needs and may be just a little bit older. It’s a common misconception that there are only girls waiting in China but that idea is far from true. GWCA is constantly striving to find these young boys a forever family. This week we wanted to point out the NEW boys added to our listing. Some are young, some of the needs are very manageable and most importantly these boys just want to find a forever family.Meet Jasper!
Hello! I’m Jasper and am 11 years old. I had surgery when I was 5 years old to repair my left ankle. I can now walk normally as well as run and jump. I am in 6th grade and doing well! My teachers say that I am very receptive and I like to observe. Sometimes I am shy and I need to relax, so I sing a song! I will be aging out of care in a few years and am hoping to find my forever family soon!

Contact my friends at GWCA to learn how to bring me or any of buddies home. Visit thephoto listing to learn more about us.

Team T-Shirts Now Available

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 are available to order AGAIN for a VERY limited time. Please place your order by November 18th. They are $20, which includes shipping. Send this link to your friends and families and make a difference in a child’s life by joining our TEAM today!

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The Best of the China Holiday Hosting Class of 2014

This guy had us rolling on the floor laughing. He was so quick to please, joke, and laugh. Check out his animal impressions here.
This stud really struts his stuff when he is in his kung fu class. His moves are unbelievable and will blow anyone out of the water.
This young man can sure lay on the charm. He decieves you with his shyness up front but once he got to know us he just wouldn’t stop!
Best Smile: C14-04 This little guy can’t wait to learn English and become a strong swimmer. He has lots of friends and has the biggest kool-aid smile of the bunch.
This c  harming young man is always sharply dressed and carries himself like a Harvard Professor. He is smart as whip and ready for challenge.
These two are quite the charmers, in all the same classes, and both kung fu masters. Watch their video here.
Friday is the last day to be matched with host child, will you be one our final TEN families? Any family that applies by the end of the day 10.15.2014 will receive $250 towards their hosting fees.

Limited Time – Hosting Grants – Donate Now

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.

https://www.gwca.org/general-donation-form/

Ready, Set, Go!

Hosting Yu Yu

“Hon, I know you are going to think I’m crazy, but I want to host an orphan from China this summer…” This is how I greeted my husband the day that I dared to take a peek at the photo listing of children who needed placements for the summer hosting program.  After adopting my daughter as an infant (I was single at the time), I felt in my heart the pull towards adopting an older child.  But after marrying and settling in to the joys and challenges of a blended family, I figured that dream was behind me.  Well, what a surprise when my husband said “I don’t think you are crazy!”, and we quickly moved ahead to meet the looming deadline to be matched with the child we felt drawn to host.

While we were open from the start to the idea of adopting if things went well, we were very nervous about all the ways that things might NOT go well.  Hosting seemed like the perfect way to see what it might be like to add to our family in this way, and to see if this particular child was a good fit.  And he was.  After weeks of nervous preparation, our lives were forever changed by the adorable 6 year old boy who greeted us at the airport with a huge smile on his face.  He was small for his age, and acted much younger than 6, but he drew us in with his humor and the sheer delight that he expressed with each new thing that he tried and experienced with us.  I spent about a day feeling a bit worried about his immaturity, nervous about how the summer would go, but it didn’t last!  I had worried so much about communication with a boy who knew no English, but really that was not a very big deal.  He surprised us by singing some songs in English that he had learned in school in China (BINGO, Twinkle Twinkle, ABC Song) .  He very quickly learned some words and phrases in English, and we learned a few essentials in Mandarin.  What we didn’t know got communicated through gestures and pantomime.  Yu Yu fell in love with ice cream at the first, unexpectedly cold lick.  Every time we went out in the car after that, he would say “Mama!” to get my attention, then pantomime holding and licking an ice cream cone, as his way of asking to go get some ice cream! (I could hardly ever say no!)

The best part of hosting was falling in love with this amazing little boy.  Experiencing him learning to love hugs and being held, snuggling in close and giving kisses – all things that seemed new to him.  Watching him play and bond with our girls. Seeing the utter joy on his face as he experienced not only the big fun stuff, but the everyday things like a bath, being tucked in, and eating a picnic lunch in the yard. Seeing him go from fear of the water to actually swimming!  Seeing how well he compensated for his right arm disability.  Was every moment fun and easy? Well, no.  He did his share of testing the limits, and laughing when reprimanded. He turned out to be a sensitive boy, crying easily at small things and sometimes just shutting down.  Those were the times when the lack of common language was the hardest.  But as the weeks went by, I feel like we were starting to see wonderful progress with his trust of us, his bonding with us, and learning to live with the limits.  Those sparks of progress gave us hope that this was a good fit, and that he was meant to be with our family.

To be honest, the hardest part of hosting is right now, afterwards.  Watching him leave us at the airport was one of the hardest moments in our lives.  He already felt like our son, and we were losing him.  Now, to be separated so many months as we go through the adoption process, it is really hard. At times it feels cruel to both him and us.  But I also know that we would NOT be adopting right now if we hadn’t hosted.  I know that we wouldn’t have been brave enough to take on the unknowns of an older child without meeting him and feeling him melt into our family.  What a gift he was to us. What joy we have in looking forward to the day when we will finally be reunited with him, this time forever!

Thank you to Yu Yu’s Host Family for allowing us to share their beautiful story. We can’t wait for them to bring their little Yu Yu home!

Visit www.orphanhosting.com to learn how you can be a part of our Hosting Program.

HOLIDAY HOSTING PHOTO LISTING NOW AVAILABLE

Our Asia Holiday Hosting photo listings for China and the Philippines are now available.

Click here to receive your password to gain access and learn more about the children participating in the program.

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.

Hosting Interview Team Made it to the Philippines!

Visit www.orphanhosting.com to learn more about the 2014 Holiday Hosting Program.

Friday in the Philippines

“Magandang Hapon (Good Afternoon) from April in the Philippines! Would anyone reading this believe I’m in the midst of a tropical storm in Philippines after being chased by a typhoon in China just a few days ago? In Texas they call me the “tornado magnet” (you can imagine why), but in Asia the team is calling me a “typhoon magnet!” I’m getting out of here first thing Saturday morning so these poor Filipinos can get a break from the rain! On the way to visit two orphanages today to interview the host children, we got stuck in floods that eventually reached the second floor of one orphanage, and the roads were blocked off to the other! The word is that the children are OK, and apparently everyone here is used to this. Unfortunately this caused me not to be able to interview the children today (I’m a “slave to the fatherless” up until I have to swim through garbage-filled street water to interview them, then the social workers get a call instead).

However, one lovely lady that I had the pleasure of meeting yesterday brought a huge smile to my face. She is a previously hosted child from this summer who was not adopted by her host family simply because they were doing a relative adoption already in Philippines, and they were hosting to advocate for her. So far, she has not been matched, and her eyes LIT UP when I asked her if she wanted to go to the U.S. again. She said YES and told me her favorite thing she learned this past summer was how to swim. She also LOVES to play badminton. This 13 year old girl has a heart of gold, and when I asked her to show me her favorite place in the orphanage, she brought me to the babies room! She said she loves babies and immediately picked one up and cuddled him and played with him. Her caretakers said she loves helping care for the babies and also loves helping them cook meals. I asked If she had any special talents, and she decided to sing me the song “Let It Go” from Frozen. It made my day!

If you would like to host a caring, sweet, athletic and smart young lady from the Philippines, contact us for more info on her! To have VIP matching priority, apply by TODAY (Friday, 9/19) and be the first to be matched with one of our Filipino children. (Note: you must be residing in TX or GA to host from the Philippines.)

Day 3-5: The team is wrapping up their interviews with one day left. It’s like they’ve been running a marathon! There is a Typhoon Warning in Guangdong so that’s keeping their trip a wee bit interesting. We got lot’s of photos over the weekend and even a cute video! We can’t wait to see all the kids that will be participating in the Holiday Hosting.

Day 2:

“Today we wrapped up our interviews in our first orphanage and we 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 2 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, the three of us 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 looseSeptember 20th, so get your applications in before that for a chance to be matched with our sweet Bruce!

DAY 1:

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 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… 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.

Orphan Hosting – VIP Registration Now Open

Our team will be traveling to China next week to personally meet with our host children. Our goal is to get to know the kids and better understand their needs so we can find them them the perfect family. We are thrilled to be working directly with 3 partner orphanages in China for this host program. GWCA and Children of All Nations will be managing this hosting program on our own, the CCCWA has indicated that our 18 years of experience in China is more than enough to successfully execute this program ourselves.
To take part in this winter’s ‘Holiday Hosting’ program, contact our Host Program Coordinator today.
The photo listing of children will be available to VIP families for priority matching September 20th. For all other interested families the list will be available at a later date. To become a ‘VIP’ family, you must be one of the first 40 families to apply by September 19th.
VIP Registration Includes:

- Priority Matching

- Free CCCWA Keepsake Book

- Exclusive early viewing of child list

- Tax deductible fees

Please note we always need host families for our children’s chaperones! These chaperones are social workers and orphanage caretakers who come to support the children during the program. They are excited and motivated to be here, and love to share their culture with you! Our Chinese chaperones usually speak a little English, but love to learn it while here.  BOTH love to cook their delicious country foods for your family. If you are interested in a great cultural experience by hosting a chaperone, please let us know. It is NO COST to you to host a chaperone. All you need is a spare bedroom and an open heart and mind.
Do you have a passion for serving orphans, and a bit of spare time on your hands between now and the middle of October? If so, GWCA/CAN would like to consider you as a Home Safety Visit Provider. You can be paid for your work, and you would be contributing to an orphan’s safe homestay in the U.S. For more information and to determine your eligibility to provide this valuable service, please fill out the following form:

15 Kids Home in August

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!