Welcoming Angels

Through Welcoming Angels, America World hopes to place older orphaned children with loving Christian families for 4 weeks during the spring, summer, fall and/or winter. 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.

Current Program Updates
The children in each of our hosting sessions are older, whose ages range from 6 to 16. The cost for families is roughly $2,000, depending on the in-country and travel costs specific to the country. Welcoming Angels plans to hold hosting sessions in the summer of 2014 and over Christmas 2014.

To form a hosting community, Welcoming Angels looks for families who either attend the same church or live in the same area, as well as people to serve as local hosting coordinators. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in developing a hosting community, serving as a hosting coordinator or would like more information about our Welcoming Angels program, please e-mail Rob Henneberg.


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. Unrelated children, both boys and girls ages 6 to 16 years old are able to be hosted. All children undergo a medical exam and meet with a psychologist prior to their participation in the program. 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.