Open Hearts and Homes for Children

Frequently Asked Question

What kind of training and support will host families receive?91 Views

Last Updated: September 26, 2016

  • Families will be asked to meet with a social worker and undergo criminal and child abuse record checks.
  • Before the children arrive, families are required to attend a host family preparation session. The session will include hosting recommendations by professionals who work with post-institutionalized children, as well as families who have hosted older children.
  • Families will be given a Profile of the Older Post-Institutionalized Child, a Child Talk language guide, and a recommended reading list.
  • While the children are here, families have access to a social worker and are paired with a "buddy" to help them with should questions arise.

What our host families are saying

  • In the spring of 2016 we made a last minute decision to host a special needs little girl from Latvia. We fell in love with her and our lives will never be the same.

    Scott & Ellen F

  • Our choice to host forever changed our family. It taught us a lot about ourselves, the good and not so good. Our awareness concerning the world beyond us and the very real and desperate needs of others, specifically orphans, is something we can no longer ignore. Our experience also introduced us to our soon-to-be son. The Weisman family of five will soon be a family of six.

    Leslie W

  • Hosting changes lives: for the host child, for the host family, and for the extended family and friends. You never know when you might cross paths with a forever family for one of these kids. I don't know who received the biggest blessing, our host daughter or our family. Every time we host, I fall in love again. The kids we have hosted are some of the humblest and most appreciative kids I know. I hope they rub off on my biological kids. Lol! I have always bought a big family gift at Christmas to go along with the kids' individual gifts. But, when we are hosting, that is our family gift, our kids receive fewer individual gifts, and our kids are completely good with that. These experiences have helped my own kids realize the world doesn't revolve around them. Relationships are the most important of all things in this world. Relationship with God and relationship with each other. To ignore the fatherless is to ignore part of our purpose. How can I NOT get involved? Hosting is the single most important thing I have ever done outside caring for my own children. They actually become part of my own family, my children. Wherever they end up, I hope they always remember our time together. I will never forget any of them.

    Kathy Z

  • Extraordinarily rewarding for all of us. We were nervous and scared but that quickly went away the moment we saw her and seeing her blossom and grow and smile was absolutely worth it!!!

    Maryann P

  • Hosting changes the lives of these young children, they're exposed to being chosen and loved relentlessly, possibly for the first time in their lives. It changes the heart of the hosting family as well. Host parents and their children learn to love without abandon and love like Christ loves them. It's the gospel in action. Nothing stays the same, everything is changed for the better.

    Katie K

1001 Lackawanna Trail
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Phone: (570) 510-9797