Why do people host orphans?  In previous blog posts here on this page, we have discussed various reasons “why” families choose to host.  I want to elaborate a little more on the mentorship side of hosting.  When I met “V” during a winter interview trip in Ukraine in 2018, I knew that I would be

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Hosting as a Mentor

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

2021 is off to a great start!In these first three months of 2021, Project One Forty Three has seen amazing things happen which could not have been made possible without the generous donations from our loyal donors.So what have we done thus far?We are all looking forward to our Summer 2021 hosting season, which will

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Off To a Great Start!

“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

As an orphan advocate, adoptive mother of two Ukrainian teenage children, host mom, former Ukraine host program director, and current Project 143 staff, I have learned a lot about Ukrainian child welfare.  In the vast world of orphan care, we can see that there are differences between every child’s personal stories.  Each story has its own

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True and Social Orphans of Ukraine

In hosting programs, boys are often overlooked but can be some of the most superstar children. As we prepare for our Spring 2021 hosting season, please take a moment to look at these beautiful faces who have not yet found families.For more information about these and other precious children, please check out this link: https://www.p143.org/pre-registration/

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Super Boys Waiting for Super Families!

Today’s post is dedicated to these beautiful children whom we have met and committed to advocating for. We have a heart for children with special needs and highlight these three children awaiting their forever family.Hosted for Spring 2021 seasonUnable to travel for Spring 2021 due to COVID-19Unable to travel for Spring 2021 due to COVID-19For more

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Don’t Miss These Three Precious Faces

Orphan and Stand Sunday are scheduled each year for the second Sunday in November. Intentionally incorporating awareness, advocacy or intercession into a church service can move the heart of the congregation. Here are a few critical numbers to know:143+ million: Number of orphans in the world 400,000: Number of children in U.S. foster care 380,000: Number of

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Orphan and Stand Sunday

In the last month, I noticed a series of posts from a friend of mine on social media promoting “FASD Awareness.”  While aware of the struggles children face when they have been exposed to alcohol prenatally, admittedly, I did not recognize the immense struggles of the parents working to raise their affected children and the

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Heartbreak of FASD

A mother, grandmother, foster parent, pastor’s wife and developmental psychologist, Dr. Karyn Purvis was one of the most influential teachers for adoptive families and the co-founder of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Purvis devoted her life to serving “children from hard places.”As the co-creator

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Who is Karyn Purvis?