Prayers Answered:Haitian orphans rushed to new homes abroad!

I had to jump for joy and shout Yes, Yes, Yes when I read this and had to share it. Hopefully this is just the beginning.

From CNN January 17, 2010 8:02 p.m. EST

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — Slashing red tape or ignoring ordinarily required paperwork, officials in the United States and the Netherlands have cleared the way for scores of Haitian orphans to leave their earthquake-ravaged homeland, according to officials from the two countries.

All of the children had adoptions pending with prospective parents in the two countries before Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude quake, and government officials said paperwork was expedited or put on hold to make transfers happen on an emergency basis.

300 children have pending adoption cases with American families. Six children arrived in Florida Sunday night, met by their adoptive parents with hugs and tears of happiness.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has chartered a plane to pick up about 100 children Monday, spokesman Aad Meijer told CNN.

Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin over the weekend granted the children entry into the country, although their paperwork, including travel and adoption documents, was incomplete, Justice Ministry spokesman Patrick Mikkelsen told CNN.

About 44 of the orphans’ adoptions had yet to be approved by a Haitian judge, even though they were matched to Dutch parents, Mikkelsen said. Dutch officials may seek the remaining approvals from Haiti once the children have already settled in the Netherlands, he added.

Haiti is home to about 380,000 orphans, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund, and that number is expected to grow in the wake of Tuesday’s earthquake. And those who lived in orphanages before Tuesday may be homeless now, as reports of destroyed orphanages have come throughout the quake zone.

Some children who lost parents in the quake or were separated from parents are being relocated to the Dominican Republic, a child advocacy group said.

About 50 orphaned and abandoned children will arrive in the border town of Jimani on Wednesday, Kids Alive International said. The efforts, coordinated with the governments of both countries, will eventually take the children back to Haiti. Some will be reunited with parents who lost communication with their children in the quake’s aftermath, the group said.



17 Responses

  1. we would like information on fostering children from the earthquake in Haiti.

    • I, too, would like info on fostering the children. thx

    • I too would like information about foster parenting a child from haiti and would be most interested in an older child we have room and love to give just don’t know how or where to go to make it happen. This is something my husband and I always said we would do when our kids were older and no time like the present especially since the need is so great. Thanks for your help.

  2. We would like information on fostering children of any age from the Haiti earthquake. I have grown children and small grandchildren but want to help those children who have suffered these horrific losses in Haiti.

  3. Does anyone have ANY information regarding fostering and/or adopting children from Haiti? Will the children that weren’t “placed” with adoptive families prior to the earthquake be a permanent state of “limbo” until the Haitian government is up and running again? With several orphanages destroyed and others at capacity.. where are they going to go?

  4. Is there an organization that is placing these children in US homes, I have an approved home study to foster and adopt and would be happy to take a child in. I am reading about so many people who are looking to do the same thing. Is there a number to call or a way to try to come to the aid of some of these children.

  5. Leslie: If you find out any information, PLEASE let me know. I have been researching this for days as well as writing everyone that I know. No one seems to have any answers. I have tried contacting the organizations that have actually brought children to the US (PA & FL), but haven’t gotten a response. (I understand that they have more important things going on…).


  6. I have been considering becoming a foster parent for 2 years. Now… it feels like it’s really time to step up.

    I’d like more information on becoming a foster parent.

  7. I too am interested in information on fostering/adopting a couple of these children as well. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  8. Right now I believe the State Dept. is only handling those orphans who already had adoptions approved prior to the earthquake….54 were flown to PA today.

    They have yet to talk about bringing orphans to the USa just for temporary foster care until things settle down in Haiti…hopefully this will be the next issue they address as there are thousands of children in Haiti Orphans & not orphans) that need temporary homes with love and care.

    Remember there is also a need for good foster parents for youth here in Americas..if intetrested you should contact your local social services.

    WIll keep following and looking for info in regards to orphans/foster care need and what is being done about it.

  9. I am approved for foster care and adoption and would like to have some information on fostering and or adopting orphans from Haiti. Do you know if they will be bring more children over to the United States for fostering and/or adoption. I have been waiting for over 2 years.

  10. My husband and I are licensed foster parents for the state of New York. We would be willing to bring a child or two here to our home. Could you please get me some info or pass along my info to “whoever” might be dealing with this issue. Thanks so much. And God Bless everyone who is trying to help with offers of homes and money and prayers. Please let us help. Thank you so much.

  11. We too would like info on fostering infants from Haiti.
    I have a nursing background and truly want to do something to help the children

  12. I would like some information on foster care for infants or small children from Haiti. I live in Pennsylvania near Harrisburg.

  13. We as much as anybody would love to foster these innocent Haitian children, so please if anybody finds any info please pass it along, thanks!

  14. I, too, live near Harrisburg, Pa and am interested in
    offering temporary care for Haitian orphans.
    Any info would be appreciated.

  15. I would love to find out more information on how to help with foster care for these children. We live in Arkansas and have 3 chilrdren ages 15, 12, & 7… We have alot of room and would love to help with a female child between 5 & 10 if possible… Please let me know if we can help?

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