Join us February 20-29, 2020 as we travel to Colombia!
We invite you to embark on a journey with us… One that will surely change the direction of your life!
In this program, aside from exploring the beautiful and welcoming country of Colombia, individuals and families will have the unique opportunity to play an integral role in finding permanent homes for vulnerable children by visiting them and spending a week together. Each liaison will have a designated child (or children) deemed a good fit, to accompany them throughout the tours and activities of the In-Country Hosting Program. During this time, the liaisons will be gathering information about the child; by the end of the week, the liaison will have a unique perspective about the child’s personality, social ability, peer relationships, physical abilities, medical needs, etc. As a liaison, you will keep a daily journal of observations about the child. As an advocate for that child, you will be their best representative to a potential adoptive family! And do not be surprised if YOU are that family!
Which is why we require full home studies on all our liaison families.
It makes an extraordinary difference for prospective adoptive families to hear from people who have personally met or to have first-hand insight about a child they may wish to adopt.
WHY PARTICIPATE IN REVERSE HOSTING?
All participants have been cleared for inter-country adoption and are patiently waiting for their adoptive placement. We are thrilled to provide both the children and loving families like yours with an experience you will never forget! The hosting experience will benefit you in many ways – first and foremost, it will give you a small glimpse of what life may be like if you adopt that child. Of course, a perfect hosting does not denote a perfect adoption and placement, but it will give you a glimpse into the personality of that child. Further, this experience will allow you to see that child in their own familiar environment, see them interact with their friends and immersed in their own culture, possibly dispel fears about adopting an older child, or possibly make you rethink if older child adoption is right for you. Also, this experience, which is meant for your entire family, will teach your current children a valuable lesson in compassion and acceptance.
Most importantly, whatever the outcome, you will play a critical role in helping a child find his or her permanent family. We are facing an orphan crisis in our world, and any small part that each one of us can play DOES make a difference! They say that adopting a child (or helping a child get adopted) won’t change the world, but for that one child, their world will change!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The hosting program offers both an educational, as well as a culturally rich experience for you and your family. Your family will stay in comfortable accommodations in a safe area, and will provide loving and nurturing companionship, exposing the child(ren) to family time and activities. You will be immersed in the Colombian culture, while getting to know your designated child. Fun activities, field trips, games, and opportunities for bonding will be provided. After the week concludes, all children return to their orphanage with a rewarding, fun, and educational experience. For many of these children, it will be first time that they have experienced touring their own country, as well as what it feels like to be a part of a family, and receive undivided attention.
Along with the ultimate goal of permanency, we also hope to improve the emotional well-being, health, education, and general welfare of orphaned children in our programs. These children have often been raised in institutions and have little experience with a family or with the benefits of life in the United States.
FAMILY/ LIAISON REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for this program must be in good health, mentally and physically, without communicable diseases of public health significance. They must have an approved home study containing an approval that matches the criteria of the child they intend to host. They must be flexible, go with the flow, optimistic child advocates. Remember friends, international travel and adoption are not for the faint of heart!
In addition to the above, each Liaison is required to:
- Clear the Madison Adoption Associates screening process and be approved as a participant;
- Participate in a 1-hour phone conference for a pre-travel overview and training orientation provided by Madison Adoption Associates;
- Participate in the full schedule of daily activities and events while in Colombia;
- Complete daily observation sheets (provided by Madison Adoption Associates) for each child during the entirety of the program;
- Take as many pictures and videos of the children as possible, and submit to MAA in an organized fashion (each photo/video should be titled by date and child name);
- Participate in daily debriefings with Madison Adoption Associates staff during time in Colombia to discuss children, strategize, and/or resolve any issues and/or concerns;
- Commit to sharing their observations and insights about the children, according to MAA guidelines, with others upon return from Colombia.
While we expect you to have a memorable stay in Colombia, please be aware that this is not a relaxing vacation. Of course, there will be ‘down time’ to enjoy each other, however the majority of the week will include activities designed to entertain and assist in getting to know the child.
Liaisons must have a current passport to travel to Colombia. Because the program is only a little over a week, you will not need a visa.
Please understand that due to space issues, the number of Liaisons is limited for each In-Country Hosting trip. Although we will do our best to include all who are interested, we cannot guarantee that all who apply will be accepted for this program. If accepted, you will need to send us a $300 deposit toward program costs within one week. This fee is non-refundable.
If you have questions regarding hosting requirements, training, costs, or other details, please print the Reverse Hosting Packet provided above or contact Adriana Chaves at Adriana@madisonadoption.org.
We look forward to you joining us in our effort to help the ones who need us the most!