Wednesday, January 20, 2010

response from a Haitian orphanage

We really appreciate all of the people who are interested in helping and adopting the orphaned kids from Haiti.

But here’s what the realities are at the moment:

  • We don’t know when the Haitian government will be able to begin processing new adoptions.
  • We don’t know when the Haitian government will be reestablished enough to either reaffirm existing rules or set up new ones.
  • We don’t know how long and under what situations the orphaned status of the new children being brought to us will be able to be determined.
  • The newly orphaned children may very well have a biological family who may be looking for them. We cannot send the children out of the country until the families have had a chance to look for them. Right now, that's very difficult because there is no public transportation and very little phone service.
  • More than likely, the children will have to be declared legally orphaned by the Haitian courts, and that will take some time.
  • Our immediate goal is to get the children out that have adoptive families already, so we can make room in the orphanage for the new orphans.
  • If there is a government sponsored foster care plan, it will probably be handled by UNICEF.

There are just too many things that we don’t know. So, until we know more, we can’t accept applications for adoptions. As soon as we are able to accept applications, we will post on our web page, along with the criteria to adopt. You can write to me at that time and I’ll send you the adoption information.

But we do need help in many ways besides for that at the moment. If you would like to help in other ways, please let me know.

1 comment:

Mandy @ The Party of 3 said...

Thanks so much for posting this!