Hosting a child from Colombia was a life-changing experience that taught us valuable lessons about parenting, culture, and the power of love. Learn about our top three takeaways from this incredible journey. In our 30s and with no intention of becoming parents ourselves, my husband and I were always looking for ways to give back,

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Three Lessons Learned from Hosting a Child from Colombia

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

Help us brighten the spirits of the Ukrainian children and caregivers, remind them that we are praying for them, loving them, and have not forgotten about them.  We will be sending mail to our orphanages in Ukraine, Poland, and Switzerland mid-September. Join us, get creative, send a note, card, or drawing! Please mail to us by

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Ukraine Still Needs Your Love 💙💛

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!