MLJ Adoptions Introduces Summer Ukraine Hosting Program


ukraine hostingMLJ Adoptions is once again thrilled to announce that we will be offering a Hosting Program and bringing a group of Ukrainian children to the Indianapolis area in July for four weeks! We started
the orphan hosting program in 2007 and have brought over 160 children to Indiana and surrounding areas, which resulted in over 130 children finding their forever families. As I have shared in the past, the Ukraine Hosting Program is very near and dear to my heart as I met three of my Ukrainian children through a hosting opportunity. It has been a life-changing experience for our family and I know it could be for you as well.

Host families are needed for the children coming over the summer holidays. It is a great opportunity to show a child the love of a family and American culture. Hosting is a wonderful opportunity to see if adopting an older child might be right for your family. A child over the age of 6 has only a 5% chance of being adopted. Other statistics are also very bleak for older children without families; once they age out of the orphanage system, they often turn to lives of crime or prostitution in attempts of providing for themselves. When families are able to meet older children, many times the fear of adopting an older child dissipates, and families feel compelled to adopt.

If adoption is not an option for your family, advocating for a child is also very important. Introducing your host child to your family, friends, church and community opens up doors to adoption and pathways for advocacy. Opening your home to hosting a child puts a face to the orphan crisis. An orphan is no longer nameless, and unknown, but he or she has a valuable story to share.

Children coming in July range from seven to thirteen years old and are listed below:

Kateryna (10) – she is a good student, very good in sports, especially likes soccer, dancing and swimming. She likes pets and wants to be a hairdresser someday.
Vadym (7) – he loves everyone, and looks very sweet but can be all boy! He is smart and if he knows what is expected he is good at following the rules.
Valeria (13) – Very sweet and shy girl. She is a good student, loves pets and children, likes to swim and wants to be a cook someday!
Alona (13) – Likes to play soccer, draw, dogs and cats and wants to be a cook someday. Alona has some mild delays but would be great in a family.
Marina (7) – She is a very sweet, quiet and shy girl but once she is familiar with you, she isn’t as quiet or shy.
Victor (9) – According to his caretakers, he is the best child in the orphanage!
Anna and Olena (10 & 11) – These sisters are described as being very nice and are good students.
Leonid (8) – Very sweet boy, loves everyone and is well behaved. He is dreaming to come to the US!
Oleksander and Mykyta (6 & 9) – These two brothers are described as very good boys. Oleksander is quiet and has a mild speech delay. Both boys have many friends, love cars and computers.

You can see these children from our Waiting Child Photolisting. Once you logged in click on “Hosting” to see the children who will be travelling. For more information on our hosting program including the related costs, please contact Lydia for more information.

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Lydia Tarr works as the International Program Director for MLJ Adoptions’ programs in Bulgaria and Ukraine. She is the adoptive mother of four children from Ukraine and was recognized as a 2013 Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Program.