Before 16 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation built to care for orphans. We strive to get these children hosted by a family who is either considering adoption or will advocate for adoption. Our hope is that the hosting process can provide the avenue to find a loving family for each child. We are dedicated to rescuing as many orphans as possible before they turn 16 years old and age out of the system.
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What is Hosting?

Consider Changing a Life
Adoption is not for everyone, but caring for orphans is for everyone.
What is Hosting?
Hosting involves welcoming an international orphan into your home for 4 weeks. During this time, they will experience family life away from an orphanage or foster care.
Advocate Adoption
It is imperative that each orphan finds a "forever family". We strive to make this happen during the hosting process. Hosts will reach out to friends and family, and create opportunities for families considering adoption to interact with the host child.
Our Partner
We partner with Project 143 to help recruit and fund families in their compassionate attempt to rescue orphans. Project 143 connects hosts with orphans in need of adoption, while we help them raise the money.
"No matter where you are in life, there’s something you can do to help an orphan. And I can promise you that your life will be changed for the better."
      -Michelle Yoo, Orphan Host/Project 143 Volunteer
"The kids that are coming are so brave! I think about coming to an unfamiliar country, not knowing where they will be staying or who they will be staying with. Pushing past fear and uncertainty for the hope that is on the other side. They deserve a standing ovation...or at the very least a big hug."
                                           -Krystle Marks, Orphan Host
The Hosting Experience
The Hosting Experience
What You Need To Know
Older Orphans
The children we seek families for are between the ages of 6-16. Through our partner, Project 143, we are working with orphanages in Latvia, Ukraine, and Colombia, where most of these children "age out" of the system at 16 years old.
Why Hosting?  
If left for adoption in their own country, many of the children have less than a 1% chance of finding a home. However, once hosted, there is nearly a 70% chance they will be adopted into a loving family.
Costs
The costs to host vary from country to country, as well as from the summer to the winter season.  It costs roughly $2,950 to host an orphan for 4 weeks. This consists primarily of transportation and administration expenses. Our foundation provides grants up to $2,000 to help ease the financial commitment. Many families are able to raise the rest through other fundraising alternatives. We are dedicated to making sure that finances don't hinder a family's willingness to reach out to a child in need.
When Can You Host?
There are two times in the year that you can host through Project 143.  The summer season is typically from the middle of June to the middle of July, but the exact dates are different every year.  The opportunity to host for the summer begins at the start of February and usually closes around April 15th.  The winter season is typically from the first week of December to just after New Year's Day, and offers the kids the amazing experience of the Christmas season with a family.  The opportunity to host for the winter begins at the start of September and usually closes around October 15th.