One point the foreign parents or individuals find very interesting is that the American family receives no money but enjoys having and learning about them and their culture. This is a core value of what we do: relationships. To that end, we train the American families about the foreign culture and how to make a stranger a family member. The cross-cultural relationship begins before the student or individual comes via a letter or email of invitation from the American family and online exchanges. We have hosted international students and individuals for over twenty years so we understand how critical it is for them to feel confident they will be safe and well cared for and loved.