Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Adopting from Haiti

On January 12, 2010, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere was hit with a 7.0 earthquake.    Before the earthquake there were approximately 380,000 orphaned children.  With the estimated death toll ranging from 100,000 to 150,000, the number of children without parents is expected to reach over a million. See http://www.haitiadoption.org/

There are potential adoptive parents coming out of the woodwork, hoping to give a warm and safe home to Haitian orphans, but new adoption applications have been frozen.  Many fear that abandoned children still have surviving relatives.  The U.S. has, however, waived visa requirements for children already in the adoption process, totaling 50 Haitian orphans.  

We can only hope that this outpouring of love and generosity continues once the adoption ban is lifted.

Please find below a few links with more information on adoption.


1 comment:

  1. Interesting related story about two kids who arrived during the lifting of the adoption requirements (from the cover of the NY Times this morning): http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/us/26orphans.html?hp