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Seven Katy area families are hosting a total of nine Colombian orphans for three weeks from July 16 to August 8, in hopes of finding “forever families” for them through Orphan Hope International’s Texas Vacation Program. Eight other children are also participating in the program and are hosted by families in Spring, Tomball and Cat Spring.

After completing the required FBI and state background checks, home study assessment, and 10-hour training class, all of the host families are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their special guests. This program gives a personal face to the many overlooked and forgotten older children growing up in Colombian orphanages.

One of Orphan Hope International’s goals is to ensure that no Colombian orphan is forgotten, and in particular to raise awareness of the needs of older Colombian orphans. OHI’s Texas Vacation Program (TVP) is dedicated to: providing children growing up in orphanages with the opportunity to experience family life; exposing the children to families who might be interested in adoption; and building awareness of older children in need of families.

A number of events will be held throughout their stay to introduce the children to families who have a heart for adopting an older child or becoming an advocate on their behalf by telling others about them, and for those who have an interest in participating in next summer’s program. For more information, visit www.orphanhopeintl.org/events. Online registration is encouraged for many of the events.

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