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, Executive Team

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.  .

Kelly Selkirk

Kelly Selkirk

Team Liason, Executive Team

Kelly and her husband Steve adopted 2 children from Ukraine in 2000. They started hosting in 2008 & have been hosting ever since. She lives in the Cleveland area with her husband Steve and their four children.

Sarah Larsen

Sarah Larsen

Education, Training & Family Support, Executive Team

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.

Tammy & Wayne Way

Tammy & Wayne Way

Operations & Training, Family Support

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.

Jessica Wanda

Jessica Wanda

Family Support

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.

 

Kevin Kubarycz

Kevin Kubarycz

Family Support

Kevin grew up listening to his grandparents speak Ukrainian and struggled (mostly unsuccessfully) to do the same. He has a background in commercial lending and enjoys gardening, bicycling and cooking. He and wife Robyn, have twice hosted at their home in Los Angeles. Together they have traveled to Ukraine and visited previously hosted children.

 

 

Jackie McAdams

Jackie McAdams

Family Support

Jackie McAdams has hosted and is currently in the process of adopting a sibling group of four from Ukraine. She has been a Deaf/Special Education teacher for the past ten years and has training in working with students with trauma histories. As the spouse of an active duty soldier, they relocate frequently but are currently stationed in Wyoming.

 

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.

Kari Gardner

Kari Gardner

Family Support

Kari has a degree in Early Childhood Education and lives in Florida. Her family first hosted Winter 2017 and finalized their unplanned adoption of a teen boy November 2018, resulting in three sons in the house.  Kari desires to help host families after learning first-hand that traditional parenting methods don’t work for children from trauma.

 

 

Jacqueline Collins

Jacqueline Collins

Family Support

Jacqueline and her husband started hosted in 2016. She is a former teacher and mom to three teens including one Ukrainian boy. She is a great resource for host families.

 

Hannah Pickens

Hannah Pickens

Family Support

Hannah and her husband Jake live in Richmond, MA. They have hosted twice with Host Ukraine and are currently in a Ukrainian adoption process. In their spare time (ha!) they enjoy being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. They are also very involved with various ministries within their church body, and love to serve alongside others!