“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.”

— David Platt,



Hosting is an opportunity for children from foreign countries to travel to the United States to reside with a family for a period of time. Programs typically range from 2 to 6 weeks. Families get to know children and hosted children are introduced to American culture and a loving Christian family.

Each program has a different cost that is determined by the sponsoring country or hosting organization. Some programs require families to complete a home study before hosting, which can cost around $2,500. Other programs do not require a home study, but do require the hosting family to cover the cost of the child’s travel, which could cost up to $3,000. There are often scholarships and grants available to families seeking to host. Contact the Lifeline team to learn more about potential cost and aid.

Each program has different hosting requirements. Generally, if you are eligible to adopt through a program, then you are eligible to host. Exemptions to requirements may be available on a case-by-case basis. The hosting organization will review applications and approve host families in the best interest of the children to be hosted.

Each country has specific requirements for the eligibility of children to participate in hosting. In most cases, children considered for hosting will be 6+ years old or part of a sibling group. The children will be cognitively and physically able to travel. Children may or may not be eligible for adoption, but are considered vulnerable and able to benefit from a host family experience.

Getting Started


Spend time prayerfully considering this opportunity for you and your family.

Connect with Lifeline

If you are confident that your family would like to pursue hosting, connect with our team! We would love to provide more information and answer your questions.

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This non-commital, 5-minute application helps us get to know you and determine your eligibility for hosting.

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