Erickson Family, Illinois

Hosting opened our eyes to older orphans.  We had previously pursued domestic adoption of a baby.  We never knew about hosting until a friend introduced us, then hosting introduced us to our sons and our daughter.  Preparing our home for their arrival was one of the fondest memories.  We learned about our children’s lives, their culture and how badly they needed a chance.  It was amazing to watch how they grew during hosting, including their self confidence. Hosting is a gateway to many new relationships, including children we met through the program.  It is sweet to have the relationships I now have with children we met through hosting. The children love knowing someone cares and is willing to continue relationships established while here for hosting.  The children know that someone cares and will be there for them.  What would we tell others about orphan hosting… DO IT!

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