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USA: DofS: Questions potential host-families MUST be asked

Title 22: Foreign Relations
PART 62—EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM


Appendix F to Part 62—Information To Be Collected on Secondary School Student Host Family Applications

Basic Family Information:

a. Host Family Member—Full name and relationship (children and adults) either living full-time or part-time in the home or who frequently stay at the home)

b. Date of Birth (DOB) of all family members

c. Street Address

d. Contact information (telephone; e-mail address) of host parents

e. Employment—employer name, job title, and point of contact for each working resident of the home

f. Is the residence the site of a functioning business? (e.g., daycare, farm)

g. Description of each household member (e.g., level of education, profession, interests, community involvement, and relevant behavioral or other characteristics of such household members that could affect the successful integration of the exchange visitor into the household)

h. Has any member of your household ever been charged with any crime?

Household Pets:

a. Number of Pets

b. Type of Pets

Financial Resources:

a. Average Annual Income Range: Less than $25,000; $25,000-$35,000; $35,000-$45,000; $45,000-$55,000; $55,000-$65,000; $65,000-$75,000; and $75,000 and above. Note: The form must include a statement stating that: “The income data collected will be used solely for the purposes of ensuring that the basic needs of the exchange students can be met, including three quality meals and transportation to and from school activities”

b. Describe if anyone residing in the home receives any kind of public assistance (financial needs-based government subsidies for food or housing)

c. Identify those personal expenses expected to be covered by the student

Diet:

a. Does anyone in the family follow any dietary restrictions? (Y/N)

If yes, describe:

b. Do you expect the student to follow any dietary restrictions? (Y/N)

If yes, describe:

c. Would you feel comfortable hosting a student who follows a particular dietary restriction (ex. Vegetarian, Vegan, etc.)? (Y/N)

d. Would the family provide three (3) square meals daily?

High School Information:

a. Name and address of school (private or public school)

b. Name, address, e-mail and telephone number of school official

c. Approximate size of the school student body

d. Approximate distance between the school and your home

e. Approximate start date of the school year

f. How will the exchange student get to the school (e.g. bus, carpool, walk)?

g. Would the family provide special transportation for extracurricular activities after school or in the evenings, if required?

h. Which, if any, of your family’s children, presently attend the school in which the exchange visitor is enrolled?

If applicable list sports/clubs/activities, if any, your child(ren) participate(s) in at the school

i. Does any member of your household work for the high school in a coaching/teaching/or administrative capacity?

j. Has any member of your household had contact with a coach regarding the hosting of an exchange student with particular athletic ability?

If yes, please describe the contact and sport.

Community Information:

a. In what type of community do you live (e.g.: Urban, Suburban, Rural, Farm)

b. Population of community

c. Nearest Major City (Distance and population)

d. Nearest Airport (Distance)

e. City or town website

f. Briefly describe your neighborhood and community

g. What points of interest are near your area (parks, museums, historical sites)?

h. Areas in or near neighborhood to be avoided?

Home Description:

a. Describe your type of home (e.g., single family home, condominium, duplex, apartment, mobile home) and include photographs of the host family home’s exterior and grounds, kitchen, student’s bedroom, student’s bathroom, and family and living areas.

b. Describe Primary Rooms and Bedrooms

c. Number of Bathrooms

d. Will the exchange student share a bedroom? (Y/N)

If yes, with which household resident?

e. Describe the student’s bedroom

f. Describe amenities to which the student has access

g. Utilities

Family Activities:

a. Language spoken in home

b. Please describe activities and/or sports each family member participates in: (e.g., camping, hiking, dance, crafts, debate, drama, art, music, reading, soccer, baseball, horseback riding)

c. Describe your expectations regarding the responsibilities and behavior of the student while in your home (e.g., homework, household chores, curfew (school night and weekend), access to refrigerator and food, drinking of alcoholic beverages, driving, smoking, computer/Internet/E-Mail)

Would you be willing voluntarily to inform the exchange visitor in advance of any religious affiliations of household members? (Y/N)

Would any member of the household have difficulty hosting a student whose religious beliefs were different from their own? (Y/N) Note: A host family may want the exchange visitor to attend one or more religious services or programs with the family. The exchange visitor cannot be required to do so, but may decide to experience this facet of U.S. culture at his or her discretion.

How did you learn about being a host family?

References:

[75 FR 65984, Oct. 27, 2010]


Link to stories about host-families who thought it OK to do missionary work

Girl converting to Mormonism while exchange student

Spreading Christianity on the Sly: Chinese Students in U.S. Get Unexpected ‘Bonus’ of Church Teachings

Chinese Atheists Lured to Find Jesus at U.S. Christian Schools

Polish Exchange Student in US: My Half-Year of Hell With Christian Fundamentalists

Theres an atheist exchange student from North Korea in my class how can i convert her to god?

Exposing the Blind Side: A Reverted Catholic Looks Back

Does anyone have an opinion/scripture about taking in Foreign exchange students of a different faith?

Exchange student accepts Christ, disowned by family

Become a foreign missionary in your own home

Become a foreign missionary in your own home

Exchange student from Finland converted to Mormonism

Exchange student brought to Christ

Baptist families view exchange student hosting as ministry

Should I intervene with missionary efforts

Three exchange students baptized

Wayne Chen: Foreign Exchange Student baptism

German exchange student baptized before return

I baptized an exchange student from another country

by God’s grace I ended up living in Greenville

Chinese girl will be baptized in June

Exchange student from Monique baptized

Missionary lessons to German exchange student

Russian student baptized

Korean exchange student commits to Christ

Complaint to the US Department of State re. rule-breaking

Subject: Forte International Exchange Association/Into Education Ltd. (Norway) – rule-breaking – Becky Sanderson

From: Parent

Date: Sat, June 08, 2013 2:56 am

To: AlexanderJT@state.gov, Stockjs@state.gov, Lernerrj@state.gov, DickersonEB@state.gov, GearySA@state.gov, AmmarMG@state.gov, hawkinsks@state.gov, erelija@state.gov, ParsleyTR@state.gov

Cc:

U.S. Department of State

Ms. Ann Stock
Mr. James Alexander
Ms. Robin Lerner
Ms. Elizabeth Dickerson
Ms. Susan Geary
Ms. Maha Ammar
Ms. Karen Hawkins
Mr. Travis Parsley
Mr. Joseph Ereli

 

Dear Sirs and Madams,

I find that it is time to comment on Forte International Exchange Association’s (FIEA) last response to our attempt to address their claims about our son, xxxx.

I suppose both FIEA and the US Department of State are just waiting for us to go away and shut up. That is certainly the impression we get from the continued appearence of Becky Sanderson in the ranks of FIEA – not to mention the fact that she is allowed to continue within the exchange industry at all. Another thing that we have acknowledged is that we simply cannot afford the fees of US attorneys or the fact that we will end up with a word-against-word situation for the most part. But some things are not word-against-word.

The US Department of State cannot escape the fact that FIEA placed our son in homes that were not qualified for foreign exchange students at the time. FIEA broke the regulations on several points and Becky Sanderson and Christine Lovell were both responsible for putting our son through a situation where the host families did not have a clue as to his qualities as a person – in spite of letters being provided for potential host families.

On October 17, 2012 FIEA sent a mail responding to «the comments made by the Almenningen family regarding the dismissal  notice of their son, xxxx.»

We had claimed that: «Living with xxxxxx was a temporary measure. They were not allowed another exchange student, but would gladly have taken xxxx in if they could have. As recently as October 8, xxxxx repeated this to me. She would like to have him back in her home for a visit if he could possibly come back to Mena. Her teen-age girls like him and they wished he could have stayed. xxxxx has, in fact, served the function the local representative should have had.»

To which FIEA responded: «The temporary host family, xxxxx, had no intention of continuing to host xxxx. This is evident in the email xxxxx sent to our office. In the letter, it states that all members of the xxxxx family, except xxxxx, could not tolerate xxxx. In fact, all three host families who welcomed xxxx into their home had difficulty getting along with the student and eventually could not make it work.»

This mail from xxxxx is in the hands of Mr. Alexander. I cannot say if these were the feelings of xxxxx’s family. All I know is that xxxxx told me what she did on the phone. Whether she was lying in the letter to FIEA or to me is something I cannot know. As I have shown before in mails below there is the statement from xxxxx to us regarding FIEA’s pressuring the host-families. Whether this holds true for xxxxx as well is unknown. What is known is Becky Sanderson’s repeated behavior toward other foreign exchange students and host-families. The US State Department has at least 45 complaints regarding Ms. Sanderson and some of these include pressuring and creating conflict between host-family and exchange student (ref. CSFES USA).

FIEA also claimed that: «Our local representatives or area directors would never threaten, ridicule or ever tell a student to «shut up». The writings of Becky Sanderson through text messages were firm and tried to explain the situation at hand to xxxx.» Once again I refer to Becky Sanderson’s track record.

Another claim by FIEA is: «xxxx is not the only Norweigian student who is currently participating in the exchange program. And none of our other students from Norway have exhibited some of the mannerisms which have been conducted by xxxx: shooting himself in the head with his finger or saying he is depressed, but meant “deprimert” or” deppa”. Forte admits an exchange student will have a transition period where the student battles with cultural shock. However, the character traits exhibited by xxxx, coupled with his inability to get along with three different host families, are something more than just not being able to acclimate to a new surrounding.»

This has been addressed in previous mails (see below). I will repeat that in no sense did xxxx appear suicidal while living in the US. Why Becky Sanderson would say such a horrid thing, one that frightened us as parents thoroughly, is beyond belief. That she would, while M was supposed to be suicidal, behave in a manner displayed in the copy of an sms conversation between herself and my son along with the things she repeatedly told him in phone conversations is also incomprehensible.

FIEA’s final statement dismissing xxxx: «Forte stands by our decision for xxxx’s early dismissal from the exchange program. As stated in the dismissal letter, due to his mental stability, admittance to depression, and thoughts of suicide, we felt it was in his best interest to return back to Norway. xxxx even wrote in a text message to Ms. Sanderson he was willing to seek professional help in the States. Forte took this to mean he admitted to being depressed. To ask our host family to host a student who is depressed is asking for too much, and a burden which they should not be have to endure. That is why the decision was made to send him home early. In addition, xxxx’s behavior also played a role in his dismissal as it lead to him being removed from multiple host families.»

This is the wording in the sms FIEA are referring to:

«Becky:

The agency contacted your parents. You’ve been in 3 homes and still not happy. You need to get some professional help when you get home.

xxxx:

I was really happy when I lived with the xxxxx I have no complaints to make about them.

I don’t think this is the right thing to do. I’ve been depressed before, but to quit has never helped. I have never said that I was unhappy in my second home. I’ve never said I wanted to return to Norway!

I can get professional help here as well.

Texting is better than talking at the moment. (She tried to call me, xxxx.) »

With regards to claims about xxxx’s behavior we have his word against FIEA’s. Considering the history of FIEA and Becky Sanderson, I have no doubt as to which version I am more inclined to believe. It does appear as though the US State Department feels differently.

I believe we have tried to be as open about matters as we could have been. I also believe that we have addressed the breaches of regulations in a concise manner. There is also the fact that Becky Sanderson has a track record that ought to make any parent afraid to let her near their children. Both she and FIEA deserve a slap and xxxx certainly deserves an apology for the way he has been treated.

Sincerely

xxxx
cc:

  • CSIET
  • Mr. Chris Page
  • Ms. Lindsay Poehlman
  • FIEA
  • Ms. Diana Latvala
  • Ms. Ava Chen
  • Into Education Ltd.
  • Mr. John Douglas Fisher
  • Ms. Constanze Fisher
  • Into Education Ltd. (Norway)
  • Ms. Marit Åsenden
  • CSFES USA
  • Ms. Danielle Grijalva
  • xxxx
  • xxxx

Edited on July 16, 2016 removing names of non-professionals