Why choose us?

Are hosting groups really different?

 

YES! Host Ukraine uses extensive training and family coaches to assist in building a solid foundation for a successful hosting. Our volunteers have extensive experience in helping children and families create healthy relationships.

 

Although Host Ukraine is an organization built on Christian faith, we do NOT expect or require families to share those beliefs or attest to them. We host to anyone that can provide a safe and loving home.

 

Once you have finished the host session, we can assist in facilitating an ongoing relationship. We have resources in Ukraine to help you communicate and if you decide to adopt, we can advise you on how to proceed.

Family Coaches

Each family will have an experienced coach to discuss issues they may encounter during the host session. These are usually parents who have adopted Ukrainian children.

Education

We will provide online videos and hard copy reference materials. Host parents are expected to read three books that provide basic training in connective parenting techniques.

Translation

We have chaperones fluent in the child’s native language to assist with communication.

Meet our Amazing Team!

These are just a few of the people that make this all work…

Colleen Holt Thompson

Colleen Holt Thompson

Executive Director

A 12 year hosting and adoption veteran, Colleen brings a valuable mix of corporate experience and volunteer passion to the role of Executive Director.

Sheela Allen

Sheela Allen

Program Director

Sheela Allen has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years, and enjoys working with children from all grades as a substitute school nurse, after years as an PICU nurse.  .

Sarah Larsen

Sarah Larsen

Education, Training & Family Support

Sarah Larsen has hosted and adopted from Ukraine, and also adopted domestically. She has a passion for mentoring new host families, and is trained in attachment/trauma parenting.

Jessica Parra

Jessica Parra

Family Supprt

Jess has a degree in social work and worked in a residential children’s home for years before transitioning to a school position. She is now working with students who have Autism. Jess lives in the Chicago area and is a supportive and knowledgeable Family Coach and Outreach Coordinator.

 

Tammy & Wayne Way

Tammy & Wayne Way

Operations & Training

Tammy & Wayne Way have hosted both teenage girls and boys from Ukraine. They live in central Pennsylvania and adopted two unrelated teenage boys in 2015.

Mekaela Carter

Mekaela Carter

Family Support

Mekaela was introduced to hosting after her sister hosted and adopted teen siblings from Ukraine. She and husband, Bill, have hosted twice and become passionate about advocating and sponsoring orphans.