Welcoming Angels

About Our Hosting Program
Through Welcoming Angels, America World hopes to place older orphaned children with loving Christian families for anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks. We are looking for adoption-minded families as well as those who are interested in advocating for orphans. Hosting is a great way to expand the community’s awareness of the needs of older orphaned children.

Hosting Program Costs
The hosting fees will be roughly $2,000 per child*. This cost includes an application fee, social work services, training for the host family, travel documents and airfare for the child. Host families may choose to fundraise part of the hosting cost. The Hosting Liaison for your area will be working within the local churches and community to provide fundraising opportunities and cost reduction strategies.
*Exact costs will be quoted when the host program is confirmed for your area.

Initial Four Steps for Interested Host Families
1. Please email Kelsey Hansen, Hosting Program Coordinator, with any questions.
2. Complete the full America World application online ($100 to be paid online).
3. Upon approval, you will be given the hosting agreement for your signature, as well as medical examination and background check instructions.
4. Your America World social worker will contact you to schedule a Home Safety Visit/Family Interview.

Adopting Your Host Child
At the conclusion of the hosting program period, every child must return to his or her country, as that government maintains legal guardianship of each child until the time the child is adopted. All families who wish to adopt a child after hosting are required to complete an adoption dossier through an accredited agency and wait for formal approvals from the U.S and foreign governments. The adoption process includes one or more trips to the country in order to finalize an adoption.

Children Available for Hosting
The children are selected for the hosting program by orphanage and America World staff. Both boys and girls ages 6 to 15 years old are able to be hosted. All the children in the hosting program are available for adoption, however hosting a child does not guarantee adoption. A family who hosts a child will be preliminarily screened for adoption but will need to proceed through the adoption process if adoption is the goal.

Support for Host Families
AW will provide support for all families in the Hosting program. We will have staff members on call for the entire hosting period. Your social worker will be available to answer questions and help if situations arise. Your Hosting Liaison will be available for you during the hosting period as well.

Host Parent Training
Each host family will be required to participate in Host Family training held by your AW Social worker. One training will be held for all host families in the program prior to the child’s arrival. Both parents must attend the training.

How To Apply
To apply to be a host family, please complete an online application. After logging in, or creating a new account, you will select "International Adoption" from the application choices. After completing each step of this application, you will be directed to the payment page. Select "Application Fee - Hosting" from the fee options for the reduced hosting fee of $100. Please note that hosting applicants are required to submit a family photo and letter of request. Hosting does not have the $250 fee as listed in the international application checklist - please select the $100 fee from the payment options. Please contact Kelsey Hansen, Hosting Program Coordinator, at 703.891.9784 with any questions about the application process.