Thank you for looking into our Ukrainian hosting program. We hope that you will find answers too many of your questions about Ukraine and our hosting program here. However, if you have more questions, please reach out to one of us. We would be more than happy to chat with you about hosting and Ukraine.
The orphan situation in Ukraine, like other places in the world, is a sad one. There are over 180,000 orphans in Ukraine today. Sadly only 10,000 – 12000 of those are even available for adoption.
Of the 100,000 orphans, approximately 12,000 age out each year. This means that they have reached the age they are no longer eligible for assistance or life in an orphanage. These children ranging in age or 15 – 17 are sent out into the world on their own. Thankfully many of the children have the opportunity to attend a trade school, or small university, though they may not have much say in what they are allowed to study. They may also receive a small stipend each month in which to live on. Very few of the children are prepared for life on their own. Many even ask not to be sent away. Of those that leave, few succeed in life. The statistics are shocking.
60% of the girls enter into prostitution as a way to sustain themselves
70% of the boys that age out are incarcerated within 2 years of leaving the orphanage
10 – 15% (1,500-1,800 children) will commit suicide within 2 years
Hosting is your opportunity to make an incredible impact and change the life of an orphan. We started our hosting program in order to establish relationships with the children. Long term relationship is our goal. We also want the children to come to America to experience a new culture and to experience life in a family. Many of the children that come to visit have never had the chance to live in a healthy family environment. Most are taken from their homes due to neglect, abuse, lack of ability for parent to provide or death of a parent.
Our kids come for 6 – 9 weeks during the summer months of June - August and about 4 weeks during the winter months of December - January. Some of our arrival and departure locations are, Cincinnati Ohio, Washington D.C., Dallas Texas and San Francisco CA.
If you would like to host, or even to sponsor a grant for a child, please reach out to us. We would love to tell you more about hosting and how it can change the life of an orphan. Sign up to view the photo list here.