Child Hosting Programs: What you Need to Know

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Are you considering becoming a host parent through a child hosting program? Perhaps you are thinking about adopting or simply want to advocate for a child to find a permanent family. What do you need to know to prepare? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Rhonda Jarema, Executive Director of California offices for Nightlight Christian Adoptions, and Kelly Raudenbush, an attachment therapist at the Attachment and Bonding Center of PA and co-founder of The Sparrow Fund.

+ Highlights of the show (click to expand)

  • What are hosting programs?
  • Hosting programs are controversial for some. What are some of the arguments against hosting programs. Do hosting programs put too much burden on kids and set them up for feeling like a failure?
  • What are the children told before they come? Are they aware that they are “on trial” to be adopted? (Be on your best behavior if you want to get adopted?)
  • What are some of the ways different agencies design their hosting programs?
    • Whether they are open to families that do not want to adopt, but are willing to advocate for the child.
    • When they have host sessions. What times of year?
    • Length of time the children are here.
  • Are there many differences in cost to the host family?
  • What is the age range of children commonly available for hosting?
  • What type of special needs do you commonly see?
  • Influence of trauma. Typical behaviors you might see in the short term.
  • How much information are you given on the child before you decide whether to accept?
  • What type of home study is usually required?
  • How to prepare children already in the home? What special issues should you consider if these children are adopted?
  • Should you disrupt birth order? What are some issues to consider if you are disrupting birth order. And does it matter if you are an advocate family or a possible adoptive family?
  • Is there a risk that the child has been sexually abused or been exposed to sexual behavior. How should parents prepare for that?
  • Typical cultural differences that you see that can throw families for a loop.
  • Disciplining a host child?
  • Handling social media with a host child.
  • Special issues that may arise when you are hosting over Christmas or Hanukah?
  • What type of support should you expect from your hosting agency?
  • Advocating for your host child or for other children in the orphanage. What do you mean by advocate and how do you do it?
  • If you decide to adopt this child, what is the typical process and how long does it take?
  • How to determine if you are a good candidate for being a host family? Or another way to ask this is who makes a good host family?
  • What are the benefits to being a host family?
  • Tips for host family.

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08/02/2017 | by Radio Show | Categories: 2017 Shows, Adoption, Adoption Radio Shows, Radio Show | 2 Comments



2 Responses to Child Hosting Programs: What you Need to Know

  1. tracy says:

    recomendations for best multivitamins for boys? We are hosting 2 brothers from the Ukraine this winter. One is 14 & & other is 10. Their host mom from this summer said that they are both small for their age ( 14 yo wears size 10/12 & 10 yo wears sizes 7/8.) She also noted that the 10 yo acts more like a 5/6 yo. And if he live here he would probably have a trauma related diagnosis. 7 would be treated forADHA or another trauma related behavioral issue. They have experienced extreme trauma. We have read extensively & listened to many of your podcasts & want to do what can for these children while in my care. Whole Foods, mostly organic. And much of what we consume is homegrown. I’d like to have is broad spectrum, addresses anemia, Omega 3, vitamin d, b12 & magnesium if possible. Of course I don’t want there to be artificial flavor, sugars and colors. I’m trying to find somewhat economical & tastey choice. Though I am definitely willing to pay more for top quality. Thanks

    • Tracy Whitney Tracy Whitney says:

      I don’t have recommendations for that but I bet if you joined a group for Ukraine adoptions or for parenting kids from trauma, there’d be a good deal of info there. I also know that some of the trauma-informed websites that are out there offer specific nutritional support information. Good luck!

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