Save A Child International is a reputable children’s charitable organization in Atlanta, Georgia. It is our main goal to bring children with medical needs (with one accompanying parent) over to the U.S. so that they can get the support and treatment they need.
When they get here, they will need assistance with accommodation and transportation. This is where you can help our organization.
Becoming a Host Family: Questions to Ask Yourself
Before becoming a host family and welcoming a child and one accompanying parent from Africa to your home, here are some questions to ask yourself first.
- Is my family ready to host a sick child and their accompanying parent?
First things first, you need to discuss this decision with your family. It is important that all family members understand the potential changes and challenges that come with bringing new people into your home. Remember, these children and their parents are here to get the treatment they need. These children are suffering from medical conditions, such as congenital heart defect, sickle cell disease, childhood cancers, orthopedic deformities, chronic kidney disease, and more.
You need to ensure that your family is willing and ready to accommodate the needs of the people you will be hosting in your home.
- Is my home ready?
Having a large and lavish home is not a requirement. However, you need to make sure that you have enough space to accommodate additional people into your home. Some of the essentials include, a bedroom, bathroom space, and a closet. Your house needs to be inviting and safe, and you should be willing to open up common areas, such as your dining room, living room, and kitchen.
Moreover, you may need to make some minor home modifications to accommodate the needs of the family you are hosting. For instance, if the child you will be hosting is wheelchair-bound, you may have to install ramps on short stair areas to make your home more accessible.
- Do I have the resources to meet their needs?
Having additional people in your home will require you to spend time and some money to help them out. While you will not be responsible for paying for their medical care, you will have to pay for gas, food, and other essentials. So, make sure that you have the resources to provide for their needs before volunteering.
Becoming a host family can be a rewarding, yet challenging experience. As one of the leading African children’s charities in Georgia, we welcome volunteers who can help us. However, think over your decision carefully and make sure to ask yourself if you are truly ready for this responsibility. Once you’ve decided to become a host, the fulfillment of having helped another human being will be immeasurable.