When we talk about advocacy, our goal is to allow children to be seen – to be known.  When they are known, families are more likely to come forward to host or adopt them.  Project 143 works hard to make sure that the whole child is represented and that we get to know them beyond

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Advocacy: Why It Matters

Throughout hosting, I must remind myself time and time again to assume nothing, expect nothing, and meet the children where they are. Laurel F.Host & Adoptive Mom, P143 volunteer Our first experience with hosting was the winter of 2017 when we welcomed a sibling pair from Ukraine, Karina (7) and Bohdan (10), into our home.

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To Sink or Swim? A Cautionary Tale

87 kids from 2 countries, 63 families, across 26 states. This is a huge feat in a normal year, but especially huge in the times of COVID. We are insanely grateful to everyone who has made this hosting season possible, and cannot wait for these kiddos to arrive next month!  Subscribe to our newsletter for hosting

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Hosting Across the Country

It is so easy for us to be caught up in comparison, isn’t it? Social media magnifies the intensity of our subconscious need to compare ourselves to everyone else, even if their path looks nothing like ours. Each situation is unique. Each family is unique.  Each child is unique. Our family came to orphan hosting in

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My Host Child’s Departure… Now What?

How can we connect with teens?Biologically, teenagers are starting to seek independence and push away from adults – particularly their parents. This is a time when they are starting to look toward their adult life and feel like they no longer need parenting. However, they still need us! And kids from hard places need this

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Connecting With Older Teens

One of the biggest questions I get about my adoption journey is, “What did you do about school?” We began our journey to figure out where she was academically and what gaps needed to be filled to allow her to continue moving forward began immediately.

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Schooling Our Newly Adopted Teen

“It’s a lot easier trying not to break the bowl than to put one back together again” Lindsey H.I had a conversation with one of my most dear friends.  We have both adopted teenagers and watched many around us who have done the same.  I was commenting on the disconnect sometimes that families can feel

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The Broken Bowl

When families first venture into the world of hosting, it is a foreign world to most and with that comes a lot of uncertainty and curiosity.  But know — you are not alone!We recently put out a survey to former host families about their first hosting.  We had dozens of  families respond – eager to help

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Why Families Chose to Host

When potential host families hear that our teams are meeting new kids for our upcoming programs, of course there is a great sense of excitement to see the new children and to build anticipation for the arrivals of our children. It is exciting for us to see the familiar faces as well as new ones –

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Interview Trip Expectations

Hosting organizations exist throughout the country for the purpose of helping and mentoring children that might otherwise not get another opportunity.  Many of these children are older and not desirable in the adoption world.  Or they may be social orphans that are looked over and forgotten in the process.  Most organizations work directly with facilitators,

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What to Expect When Hosting