HOST FAMILY REQUIREMENTS
We are primarily recruiting host families who are interested in helping older children.
For Russia, a host family can be a married couple with or without children or a single
woman over 35 years of age who is able and willing to provide a warm and stable home environment for one or more orphans. There should be no more than 45 years’ difference between the ages of the child and the host mother.
They must also be in good physical and mental health.
Host families are required to complete a home study, including a criminal record check as well as
state child abuse clearance.
Summer host families provide visiting children participants with room and board and transportation to and from a local day camp. If parents in the family work outside the home, it will be necessary to arrange a reliable back-up plan for coverage if the summer camper becomes sick or cannot attend camp for any reason. In addition, host families assist in locating a day camp in their area and in obtaining a full or partial scholarship for their camper. If a scholarship is not available, host families are expected to meet the cost of day camp.
For our winter program, one host parent must be at home with the child, since
there is no option for camp.
Prior to the arrival of the children, host families are required to attend a day-long orientation meeting and parent workshop. During the children’s visit, there will be mandatory social events for all members of the host family and the
Ukrainian language ability is a valuable asset to families but not required. Since most host families
speak English only, translation support is a critical element of a successful
hosting experience. Assistance from a translator is especially recommended for the child’s first days in the home and first days of camp, as well as to help with behavioral issues or cultural differences that may arise. Some families have also found that teen translators are helpful during
THE HOSTING PROCESS
We expect the winter visitors to be in the US from late December to mid-January.
Summer campers will arrive in the United States in late June or early July. They
will need some time in your home to recover from jet lag, to get acclimated to
living in a family, and to adjust to their English speaking environment.
Our paramount concern is the welfare of the children participating in our
program. Our staff is always available to assist you and the child to have a positive
BOH experience. There are circumstances under which we might decide to remove the child from your home. This would occur if we believe the child is suffering abuse or neglect, including any physical discipline, if the child and the host family are not a good match, or if the host family has decided that they will not adopt the child. We will, at all times, consider what is best for the child, and reserve the right to move the child to another family at any time for any reason.
All of the children must return to the countries of origin at the program’s conclusion. Neither the
foreign nor the U.S. authorities will permit the children to remain in the United States at the end of the program.
If you are interested in participating in the Bridge of Hope for Russian
Program, please email
PGancie@Cradlehope.org to receive more information. We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you soon. You can make a difference in a child’s life and in your own life not only for this summer but forever!
If you have questions, please call (301) 587-4400, or email