Hosting fees are a donation of $2,700 per child. Discounts for sibling groups and special-needs children are available. For information on possible discounts, please inquire.
Below, you can see the breakdown of what the donation will cover under:
Interview trips are conducted by volunteer members from the LFHO US team. This is done to get to know the children from various orphanages across Ukraine. Team members are accompanied by Ukrainian partners, in order to build relationships with orphanage directors and get their expert opinions and recommendations for each child’s specific needs.
The children will travel with an escort by train or bus to Kyiv Airport. If your child is 14 or older, they will have to make an additional trip to Kyiv before the hosting session, in order to obtain a visa in person at the US Embassy. After hosting ends, the children will travel from the airport in Kyiv to their respective orphanages with an escort. Please note that some orphanages are in remote locations and require travel of 10+ hours to reach Kyiv. Also, included in your donation is the cost for your child’s round-trip airfare from Kyiv to one of our multiple hub airports across the US. Each airport has one or more adult chaperones (depending on group size for each airport) who stay in the US the entire hosting period and is hosted by various families. The chaperones act as the point of contact for the hosting families. Their airfare, and a small weekly stipend, is covered by your donations.
All required documentation for your child to travel for hosting is included. These documents include, but are not limited to:
Also, all associated costs for our Ukraine team to travel to each individual orphanage to obtain all required documents to obtain passports are included.
Our partners in Ukraine handle key aspects of the hosting program including:
The US team is responsible for marketing and creating awareness of the hosting ministry, as well as promoting the individual children, to find loving families willing to host them. Furthermore, they provide all administration activities: database management, legal issues and administrative costs.
Hosting expenses include:
LFHO is committed to the children who participate in our hosting program. Therefore, our Ukrainian team assess the needs of various orphanages. And, (often in conjunction with our US team) provide necessary support which may include infrastructure items like washing machines, furniture, medical supplies, etc. They also help directors with medical expenses for the children in between hosting session.