Program Details

  • The Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) identifies children that will participate in the program.
  • Host families review children galleries and identify child(ren) they want to host
  •  Host families:

  1. complete a self-paced 20 minute online webinar.
  2. Make the application payment.
  3. Complete the application.
  4. Make partial host payment.
  5. Contact the local Kidsave Agency Partner to begin your psycho-social study and clearances.
  6. Complete Agency and Kidsave Training.
  7. Prepare for the child’s arrival and host!


Hosting Costs

  •  The average cost per child is $8,000
  • The average contribution from host families is $2,500
  • We fund raise to cover the average $5,500 gap
  • A non-refundable $100 application payment is due before submission of an application.
  • The hosting payment is $2,575. Half of the payment ($1,265.50) will be due after your application has been reviewed and approved, the remaining balance ($1,265.50) will be due upon being matched with a child. If for some reason, you are not matched with a child, this payment will be returned to you.
  • Both the application payment and hosting payment are tax deductible.
  • Kidsave may have a select number of scholarships available for advocate families for children who would not be able to travel otherwise. Scholarships are awarded based on need and the appropriateness of a family to host and advocate for available children. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please email

Additional Costs

  • Agency service fees ($1,500) are paid directly to Children’s Home for guidance of families, education, preparation of hosting assessments and support during the duration of the hosting experience. See  for more details.