Unfortunately, this organization is no longer what it used to be. The CEO who took over has been caught lying to host families more than once. Example: Summer 2015 she claimed the Riga Airport put a limit on the size of aircraft allowed to use it, which caused them to have to change flight plans. As a result, they levied a last minute fee (conveniently one day after the cutoff for the big deposit payment to be due). After contacting the airport director in Riga (who spoke perfect English), he confirmed this was a LIE, and after further research, he claimed that this organization was late at reserving tickets for the summer host session.
This same CEO was sent a cease and desist letter from an attorney, after she meddled in the affairs of a former host family who was attempting to secure a Visa fur a former host child. She was apparently mad that they refused to host the child again, before going such a route, and went behind their backs by contacting Latvian officials, claiming they were breaking a rule regarding residence information. Needless to say, she was wrong and way out of line. The child is here in America right now, so obviously she was wrong, and was basically vindictive.
Beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing. There's a reason why this organization is nowhere near the size it once was, and why so many families have left to go with other hosting organizations.
New Horizons for Children is such a wonderful program for both the orphans they serve and the volunteers who offer to host a child(ren). I have had the opportunity to host a teen girl and it was a wonderful experience. I have also seen wonderful transformations in both the children and the host families time and time again through friends, neighbors, and testimonials from others who have also hosted. What a unique way for anyone to live out their faith and dramatically make a difference in the lives of such important little people who believe that they are not worth anything, will never be loved, and are forgotten about by everyone. I have seen NHFC work very hard to use donations very wisely for scholarships for the kiddos and if there are ever any overages, they invest those funds to help more orphans by providing additional scholarships. They manage a large network of volunteers who all believe in the mission and it's really a total ministry from the heart for all of those who are involved. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to be involved in changing lives with them.
My family has hosted 3 times through New Horizons for Children. The large group of volunteers that run everything are amazing. Everyone is very helpful and thorough in answering questions and any concerns. They do a great job to make sure you are properly trained before your host child arrives, and someone is always available to help out if/when needed. I never worried about where my money was going because they show you where every dollar goes. I will definitely host again through New Horizons and stay involved with this great organization!
I was nervous getting involved at first but after the initial contact everything fell into place and the experience was far more rewarding than could ever be expected. Organized, supportive and no hidden agendas.
We became interested in orphan hosting after a friend had hosted, and after considering several hosting groups online we chose New Horizons because we were impressed by their Christian commitment and their professionalism. We hosted a child for 4 weeks over Christmas 2013, and the whole experience has been rich and soul-stretching, truly a life-changing experience. Our host son was a gift to us and to our biological children, who all learned from him and enjoyed him. Our host son was not angelic at every moment (he is, after all, a preteen boy with lots of energy, and we were all dealing with a major language barrier) BUT the challenges he presented were mild, and we had been prepared well by the thorough training we received. Every NHFC staff member we had contact with was warm and prompt, encouraging and helpful. The staff is visionary, efficient and sacrificing--every one of them works so hard to bless these children. We hope to host again and will donate when we cannot host. We will recommend NHFC whenever we can.
We had the opportunity to host a child over this past Christmas and it was a tremendous experience. We jumped in to the process late but we were well supported and the training was outstanding. They did a great job preparing us for many of the challenges that we might experience and throughout the process they were available if any assistance was needed.
After several years of working through opportunities to extend my family, each of which ended in heart-breaking disappointment, I discovered New Horizons through one of my many internet-searches. Initially cautious, I followed the program for a year, reading, listening, and asking questions and the more that I learned, the more that I knew this was the path that was meant for me. The work that this organization does is so incredibly heart-warming one cannot help but to embrace it, the sensitivity, caring, and expertise of the staff (very few), the volunteers (many more people), and the other host families is second to none that I have encountered in my journey. Everyone is available and eager to help whenever and however needed - from answering a basic question, to providing information and guidance, to offering empathy during trying times, to providing a 24/7 pediatrician contact, to providing translation assistance, and so much more. This may not sound all that complex, but please keep in mind that New Horizons offers this wonderful hosting program from four countries to families across the entire Continental United States - not an easy feat from anyone but these professionals are just that - they are professional experts in their field!
I hosted two children from Eastern Europe this past holiday season and words cannot express what a personal blessing the experience was. While they come from a very hard place and have endured so much pain in their short lives and while we certainly had many difficult moments as we worked to build trust and respect, what we were able to give and learn from each other during four short weeks was nothing short of a miracle and will last a lifetime. I have dear friends who have commented that "I have never seen you so happy" - these children are a blessing and should never be forgotten - they are human beings who deserve to have the hope of life and happiness and to understand what that is or could be.
While people embark on this journey for many different and very good personal reasons, my desire was family and my hope is that we will permanently be a family. If this is to be, I will be forever grateful, if for some reason it is not then I will be a much better person for having had this experience.
I first heard about New Horizons for Children through friends who hosted an orphan in their home. They later went on to adopt that child. Through following their journey and financially supporting them, our family gained a deep respect for this organization. We were impressed with how well they shared their vision and how much was accomplished with the finances we donated. We have since hosted two children in our home and our opinion of this organization has only gotten better! They care deeply about orphans and sharing the love of God with them. I also love the many opportunities available to volunteer and lend support through non financial means. Whatever your financial situation is, there is a way to serve with this organization and help fulfill it's vision of helping orphans.
We started hosting with New Horizons in the summer of 2013 and then again over the Christmas Holidays. It was an experience none of us would trade. What an opportunity to show love to someone you would otherwise never come in contact with. New Horizons is a Wonderful organization. They do an excellent job training and communicating with their host families and using their finances to make the biggest difference in as many lives as possible. I would highly recommend this ministry.