Rockford host families sought for exchange students

Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive in August for an academic home-stay program, and CASE exchange student programs is seeking host families in the Rockford area.

The students are 15 to 18 years old, speak English, have their own spending money, carry full medical insurance, and are eager to share their cultural experiences with their new American families, according to the local representative, Rick Wiltse of Wyoming. “There really is no typical host family,” said Wiltse. “CASE can match almost any student with a host family, as long as they are willing to share their active American lifestyle with a teen from another country.”

Once qualified, host families are able to review student applications from Europe, South America or Asia, and select the best match for their family lifestyle. Those families volunteering early on in the process have the opportunity to begin corresponding with their exchange student and getting to know him/her before August arrival. Families who host for CASE are eligible to claim a monthly tax deduction on their tax returns for each month they host an exchange student.

CASE is a nonprofit, public service organization with headquarters in Saddle Brook, N.J. To learn more about hosting an exchange student in 2011, contact Rick Wiltse toll free at 1-877-417-9675.

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