Next Session: Summer 2017
Families interested in hosting a child must complete the online Hosting Application before we can discuss your participation.
Bring the mission to your home!
There are 163 million orphaned children worldwide with 5,760 more children becoming orphans each day. Once a child turns 5, they have a 5% chance of being adopted, leaving many children without a family. Our hosting program has been created to address the needs of these orphaned children. Many people go on mission trips to other parts of the world, but we ask you to consider staying home this summer to bring the mission to your family. This experience will change the life of an orphan forever, and will change your life too!
In this program, MAA will bring select children from China and the Philippines, who are legally available for international adoption, to the United States for a four week stay with a qualified family. We are thrilled to provide both the children and loving families like yours, with an experience you will never forget!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The hosting program is a wonderful program that is both enjoyable and educational – for the child and for your family! Your time together will be filled with cultural experiences. Your family will provide a loving and nurturing environment exposing them to a family centered life. After the designated time, all children return to the orphanage with a rewarding educational experience. The children will also receive personal contact with people who support them. For some of these children, it will be first time that they have had someone caring for their basic daily needs.
The advantage of MAA’s Hosting Program is that it affords a number of life-changing opportunities for your family and the child. The main goal of this program is ultimately to improve the health, education, and general welfare of orphaned children. 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. If you have a heart for children and would like to experience another culture, hosting provides a wonderful encounter with this exact purpose!
It should be understood that children born to intact functional families generally do not end up in orphanages. Most children in orphanages were born to poor families or single mothers, or they have been abandoned or were taken from birth parents due to neglect or abuse. All children are influenced by life in an institution. They will have developmental delays that may affect their speech, motor skills, cognitive functioning, and physical growth. Children may also exhibit institutional behavior such as rocking or other self-stimulating activities. Often children in institutions may have experienced fondling or sexual abuse at the hands of caregivers or other children. Madison recommends families to take every precaution in their family. We will help you prepare!
Host families will be encouraged to attend weekly events where all of the children and families spend time together. Families should also expect the chaperones to join you for dinner at least twice during the program, and to possibly stay in your home for 2-3 nights. This allows us to evaluate how you and the child are doing and help you work through any issues or problem areas.
In general, the children who participate in the hosting program have a good prognosis for a healthy future if provided with the love, support, and treatment they need to overcome the challenges they face prior to adoption. Even if your participation in the Hosting Program does not lead to the adoption of the child you are hosting, you may be allowing the child to begin his journey to a permanent family, as he will have the opportunity to meet many people during his stay in the United States.
We currently offer our US hosting program twice a year, in the winter and in the summer, in the following states: Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. If you would like to be considered as a host family for our next session, please complete the Hosting Application.
SUPPORT DURING THE PROCESS
Madison Adoption Associates has experienced hosting coordinators, social workers, and previous host families who will be available to your family throughout the entire hosting time. When questions come up – and they will – we will be accessible to you to help you consider the options, work through possible solutions, and find the best answer for your family and for the child.
There will also be chaperones who will accompany the children on their trip. The chaperones are ultimately responsible for reporting back to the adoption authorities in their sending countries about the hosting program. They will stay abreast of any and all situations regarding the children. They are here to support the children and families alike!
If you have questions regarding hosting requirements, training, costs, or other details, please contact our Hosting Coordinator, Sarah Hansen at Sarah@MadisonAdoption.org or (410) 963-1477.