Hosting Package – Preparing to Be a Host Family

Hosting Package – Preparing to Be a Host Family


Hosting a child who is available for international adoption is becoming a very common way to advocate for that child to find his or her forever family. However, hosting that child requires careful preparation on the part of the host family, candid conversations about expectations, and education on what to expect from the experience. We’ve put together a bundle of courses that we think will equip you well for many of the common situations you will face. You will learn from our experts about the unique issues that come with older child adoption: what issues are common in the adoption of an older child, how to transition an older child into your home, how to create and build healthy attachment with that child, and understanding trauma and loss to help the older child heal. In addition, you will gain an understanding of the intentions and practices of international hosting and how to effectively advocate in your circles for the right family to fit the child’s needs.


This course bundle is designed for adoption professionals and families preparing to become host family

(5) 1-Hour Online Audio Courses (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of each individual course including passing a 10-question quiz with a grade of 80%.)

Adopting an Older Child – Adopting an older child takes preparation for the parents, the existing children in the family, and the new child. In this course, you will learn tips for smoothing the transition when adopting an older child from abroad.  Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit interviews Abbie Smith, an adoptive mother and Director of Clinical Services at Holt International specializing in attachment therapy, trauma and parenting of adopted children; and adoptive moms, Shila Henderson, who adopted two older daughters from China, and Vicki Hanson, who adopted an older son from Ethiopia.

Adopting Older Children (Debbie Riley) – Adopting older children can be both rewarding and challenging. What factors should parents thinking about adopting an older child consider? In this course, Debbie Riley, Executive Director of The Center for Adoption Support & Education (CASE), defines who is considered an older child and talks about how you can help him or her transition into your family.

Child Hosting Programs – Getting Prepared to be a Host Family – 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? In this course, Rhonda Jarema, Director of Family Support Services 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, discuss the pros and cons of child hosting programs.

Creating Attachment (Dr. Karyn Purvis) – How do you form attachment and build family connections in adoption?  In this course, Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family and Director of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, talks about how to establish the bonds of connection with your adopted child.

Helping Adopted Children Heal from Past Loss – Some children come to adoption with the baggage of past loss and trauma, but adoptive and foster parents can help children heal. Attachment and bonding can occur after trauma with the right help. Our guest to guide the way is Carol Lozier, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky, with over twenty years experience counseling children and families. She specializes in adoption and foster care issues and is the author of The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide.

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