Frequently Asked Questions
Every new and potential host family has questions…. as you SHOULD!
Here are the ones we get asked the most. And if you don’t see the answer to your question here, please contact us and we’ll be happy to talk with you!
Can we travel during hosting?
Do we have to attend training?
How do I integrate our host child into family life?
Isn’t the arrival awkward?
My husband and I both work full time. Can we place our host child in daycare?
Tell me more about scholarships
What can we do to prepare?
What is the best way to handle the language barrier?
Where can I get a Bible in my host child’s native language?
Who is qualified to host?
Why Europe or Asia? Why not kids here in the U.S.?
2.) Christians have a responsibility to stand in the gap and help these children (Matthew 19:14 & 25:31-46, John 14:18, James 1:27) as the Body of Christ and His representation here on Earth (Romans 9:8, Matthew 5:14-16 & 18:3, Galatians 3:26, 1 Corinthians 12:27).
3.) Programs such as Wait No More (an arm of Focus On The Family) are aimed towards helping domestically, while other organizations such as NHFC are focused on regions outside the USA such as Eastern Europe & China. None of these programs are right nor wrong for their focus. NHFC focuses abroad because the fact is that there are aspects of American society which give kids inherent advantages over those in other countries. Governmental programs exist to care for them and try to make sure they don't slip through the cracks; a decent foster system to provide their basic needs, ample opportunity for adequate nutrition, and a guarantee of a decent & equitable education are just a few examples.
However, these do not exist at such a level in other countries. The likelihood that orphaned children in Eastern Europe will lack a quality education, simple life skills necessary for survival and more is high. Even though we see the government services doing the best they can to care for and help these kids. We know that many will enter a life of crime or prostitution and sadly some will commit suicide. This region of the world is also one of the highest sources of human trafficking today; millions of girls are sex slaves today simply because they were unfortunate enough to grow up as orphans in these parts of the world. We could go on and on...
We believe wholeheartedly that all these kids need to be fought for, encouraged, and educated. But while other organizations are doing a great job reaching out to those children in America, we have chosen to show the kids in another part of the world that Americans are not as selfish and materialistic as they've been told, that they are not forgotten by God, and that they are valuable and loved. We believe and have seen kids can come to know Christ through us, and in the end, that is what is most important.
About Student Visas and Adoption
Do we have to consider adoption in order to host?
How do I know if adoption is an option?
What do I do if the adoption topic comes up?
What is a Student Visa and how do we get one?
About the Kids
Can I contact my child before hosting?
Can I keep in contact with my host child AFTER hosting?
How can I find out more about my host child?
How does the time change affect the kids?
Isn’t it cruel to send them back?
What do they eat?
What is a “Special Needs” Orphanage?
Why aren’t the children’s ages on the photo listing?
Can we go visit our child after hosting?
How to Help
How can I help promote NHFC?