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Become a host family!

298 children

with heart defects from underprivileged countries were taken care of in 2022 thanks to the indispensable help of our host families. A big thank you to all of them!

In 2023, we hope to operate on even more children!

To achieve this goal, we are looking for host families with at least one person in the household available full time for 8 weeks and living near the cities of Paris, Tours, Lyon, Lille, Bordeaux, Marseille, Toulouse, Angers, Strasbourg and Nantes. We are at your disposal to answer all your questions. 

Host family: the heartbeat of children!

Discover in 3 episodes the stages of welcoming a child

How to become a Host Family

From the first contact with the Association to the arrival of the child, what is the process of becoming a foster family?

1. First contact

After an initial telephone contact, you will be welcomed either in Paris at the Association's offices or in the regions by our local referents. This first interview is a time for meeting, exchange and information.

2. Meeting with a member of the medical team

Following the first interview and after a few weeks of reflection, you will be seen by a member of the medical team to discuss the issues surrounding the reception of a sick child.

3. You join the big family of Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque

If you confirm your wish to welcome a child, we decide together when to welcome the child. Until the day of arrival, we stay in touch to explain and prepare the child's arrival and answer all your questions?

Frequently asked questions

Everyone is welcome! It doesn't matter if you are single, married, or a parent, you just need to have a car, be available full time for the child, and live within an hour's drive of one of our 10 partner hospitals.

Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque finances heart surgery for children in 10 surgical centers in France: Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux, Tours, Toulouse, Marseille, Strasbourg, Lyon, Lille and Angers. We need new host families living near these cities within a maximum radius of 1 hour by car.

From meeting the child at the airport, to accompanying him/her throughout his/her health journey, to his/her departure, a welcome lasts on average between 6 and 8 weeks.

We operate all year round. The reception is done according to your availability.

Children who have a heart defect and who cannot afford to be operated on in their country. Their only recourse is to come to France but without you it is impossible.

You are never alone! Our team is available 24/7 to guide and support you in all circumstances.

"We thought we were giving, we received

Discover the strong testimonies of families 

Ousseina, 5 years old, underwent heart surgery at Marie-Lannelongue Hospital and his host family - Report "One Heart"

Olivier, through the eyes of his host family.

Report of the Personaz family who welcomed the adorable Abdou, a 3 and a half year old native of Guinea Conakry.

Véronique and Jean-Paul tell you about their experience with Manuela, a young Cameroonian woman who was operated on in Marseille.


Moïse's welcome, a beautiful life lesson for the whole family!

Fostering a child is a big adjustment for our volunteer foster families. They all agree that children bring a lot to them, more than they bring to the children. This is the case of Nadège and her children Camille (19 years old), Alice (16 years old) and Maria (9 years old), who received little Moïse in their home for 2 months. At the age of 5, this little Burkinabé was for them a beautiful example of courage and wisdom.

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We will be happy to answer your questions and explain in more detail the central role of foster families in saving the life of an underprivileged heart child.

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Esen Dalmaz
Phone :

To join the wonderful solidarity chain of the 350 host families of Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque, contact Esen who will answer all your questions.

33, rue Saint Augustin
75002 Paris

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