Hosting a Child
Who else could say that their family story began with a haircut?
My husband and I own a hair salon. Several years ago, a friend told us about an orphan-hosting program that would have children in our area that summer. Very casually, I offered a free hair-cut to any of the children who might be interested in a “salon day”.
Little did I know how much that conversation would change our lives!
Just one little girl’s host family stopped in to take advantage of the offer. She was 9-year’s old, and will forever remain my favorite-customer.
This sweet little girl appreciated every movement we spent together. First a luxury shampoo, then a simple cut that she chose after looking over several books. Finally, the blow-dry and the application of vanilla scented finish on her gorgeous hair. She ate-up every moment of her special day.
My heart was struck by the idea of letting someone like her into our lives. As I looked up and made eye contact with my husband, who was working the front end of our salon, our eyes told each other everything.
We signed on with the same hosting organization, and on October 17, 2010 we received photos of not one but 2 little girls who we could host through this program. They were sisters, 8 & 9 yrs old. They truly had us at "Hello" or as they would say "priviet".
What I want other families to know if they are considering hosting a child :
- it is exciting, like the first movie they watched at a theater where they talked to the film the entire time.
- It's scary, like the moment they cried about something I didn't understand, which ended up to be an argument over who gets to take a bath first.
- it’s exhausting, because I had not had children and did not understand how tired I would feel at the end of every day
- heart wrenching to realize that they do without so many very simple things in their lives, but also heart-warming to watch them find happiness in simple things
- it's addicting to want to do all you can to fix as much as possible before sending them back.
After our host-children returned to Ukraine, we did everything within our power to file for adoption as fast as possible.
Now that our beautiful daughters are home with us forever, there is not a day that goes by that I don't thank God for hosting programs. I hope that others will give hosting a chance, or perhaps volunteer, as we did, to support the children who will be visiting the USA this summer.
Click here to learn more about summer hosting through Frontier Horizon!
Frontier Horizon Hosting
207 Waiting Children
3 Adoption Programs
PO Box 4429 Virginia
Call 757.749.3921 http://www.frontierhorizon.org/
What is Orphan Hosting through Frontier Horizon?
Every year we bring orphans (social and biological) to the United States and Canada. Through our program, children are matched with host families and get to experience what life is like in a loving and caring home for a few weeks in the summer or over a holiday break. The host family commits to a child, sibling group or multiple children for the program. The children live in your home, share your life, enjoy day trips and shopping; they experience our food, language, and culture through you and your family. Many children have not experienced a loving home or caring family, their daily life is contained in the orphanage. Frontier Horizon primarily works with orphanages in Ukraine, Colombia, and Nicaragua.
Spring 2020 Ukraine Hosting Program Dates: March 20 - April 10
Summer 2020 Hosting Program Dates: June 20-July 20
Summer Columbian Hosting Program Dates: TBD
Nicaragua Hosting Program Dates: TBD
Please contact Frontier Horizon for more information on Hosting these Children!
NICARAGUA IS HOST ONLY!!!
Adopting a Host Child:
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 goals of this program are primarily to improve the health, education, and general welfare of orphan children in Ukraine, Nicaragua, and Kyrgyzstan. 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.
To learn more about hosting visit our website: http://frontierhorizon.org