I found P143’s Colombia hosting program by complete chance, and I am so incredibly grateful that I did, because it has absolutely changed my life. I had been a foster parent for some time, but when my last kiddos went home, I knew I needed a break from fostering. I still wanted to be a

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Unexpected Blessings: Discovering Family Through Hosting

When my husband and I decided to host a teenage girl from Colombia, we had no intention of adopting again. We already had two adopted sons and a biological son, but I missed the youthful energy and excitement that used to fill our home. I also missed attending sporting events and making quesadillas with our

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The Not So Empty Nest

Our hearts stopped when we read their plea: “A family. Any kind. Kids. Anything.” Two Colombian sisters waiting for a family to step up for them before it was too late. It was August 2021; the oldest sister would turn 18 years old in 5 MONTHS. We were sure it was impossible. Adoptions usually take

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The “Impossible” Adoption: An Aging Out Story

As an experienced, single, older adoptive Mom, I have always had a heart for older child adoptions. Older kids (especially boys) are the hardest to match to families. After adopting my then-14-year-old son from Colombia 4 years ago, I decided to host older kids for advocacy in my home. It was very successful and fun,

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Host, Advocate, and Adopt Older Children

“Once they knew that I believed in them, they started believing in themselves and that’s when everything began to change. It wasn’t easy, but it was so worth it.” – Anonymous, Host/Adoptive Parent

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Host/Adoption Q&A Series: Anonymous Family #2

“It’s not the things you buy or the way your house looks, it’s the experience of being in a family and feeling loved that the children enjoy most.” – Anonymous, Host/Adoptive Parent

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Host/Adoption Q&A Series: Anonymous Family

“The life they once knew is no longer theirs. We struggled with the acceptance of joy when they knew their other family was left behind.” – Amanda D., Host/Adoptive Parent

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Host/Adoption Q&A Series: Duncan Family

“Hosting is temporary with a beginning and an end. Adoption is forever and it takes time for everyone in the family to adjust.” – Susan H, Host/Adoptive Parent

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Host/Adoption Q&A Series: Hurt Family

Sometimes when we are doing our research, we come across information that just needs to be shared exactly the way it was written. This blog is a good example of that!AmericanAdoptions.com wrote a great post on 10 Things People Never Tell You About Adoption. Please take a moment to read through this information if you

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10 Things People Never Tell You About Adoption

The Flentje Family Finds Hope & Love Through Adoption of 13-Year-Old Daughter EllieWe have often discussed how the horse show world is smaller than one may think, and we are all bound together by our mutual love for the sport and the animals. Through this bond with our trainers, friends, and competitors, we have all

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Finding Hope & Love Through Adoption