Open Hearts and Homes for Children

Get Started

If you are ready to host, below are the steps you'll need to take to begin your journey.

Hosting Application Process:

  1. Visit our photolist on this website to 'meet' the children available for hosting. Photos and a brief bio are available on each child.
  2. Select a child/children you believe may be a fit for your family. Our regional coordinators are available to talk with you more in depth about the child's needs and help assess if a particular child would do well with your family situation.
  3. If you've spoken with the regional coordinator and determined the child/sibling set is a fit for your family, you can place the child/ren "ON HOLD" Fill out this form to formally place the child on hold.
  4. Submit your deposit $500 (check to OHHC or via PayPal).
  5. Complete OHHC Host Parent Application and return it along with supporting documents to OHHC within 7 days of placing child on hold. (Once application and deposit are received, child is considered "Hosted" on photolist).
  6. Schedule Home safety visit and submit background checks ASAP. These can take some time, so plan to do them early. These should be forwarded to OHHC once complete. If you need help finding a social worker to complete the home safety visit, your regional coordinator can provide names of Social Workers in your area.
  7. Submit payments according to schedule (listed on page 3 of application).
  8. Attend a one-day mandatory training (regional coordinator can provide dates/locations).
  9. Prepare for your host child's arrival.
  10. Greet your host child at the arrival airport and enjoy the hosting experience!

ON HOLD Request form – Fill this out to place a child on hold, after speaking with your regional coordinator. A deposit and application must be received within one week of placing a child on hold or child will be removed from the "On Hold" status.

Visit PayPal for deposits, payments and donations.

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