I have emailed many individuals regarding orphans coming from Haiti. For the most part it sounds like there are no immediate plans for orphans to come unless they were already matched with a family. Some are saying otherwise. I think everything is a little confusing at the moment...at least that is the way it seems. Here is a list of agencies or information regarding Haiti.
- Adopting Orphaned Haitian Children: AdoptUsKids has received a number of inquiries from families that are interested in adopting Haitian Earthquake Orphans. At this time, the first priority of government and disaster recovery officials is to address the immediate medical and physical needs of the people affected by the earthquake and assist in the reunion of family members who have been displaced or separated by the disaster. Therefore, it may take a long time before children affected by the disaster may be available for adoption. The U.S. Department of State provides information on the adoption of children affected by natural disasters and conflict on their website at: http://adoption.state.gov/
news/Haiti.html. You also can locate contact information for adoption agencies that place children from Haiti through our resource list of U.S. Adoption Agencies That Place Children From Abroad at: http://www.childwelfare.gov/ pubs/country_resource_lists. cfm.
- I am told this agency is taking names in case orphanes do come over. http://www.foreverychild.org/
I wanted to share this response from The Adoption Exchange. I find it very thought provoking.
"As we watch tragedy and heartache unfold in Haiti, many American families are beginning to think about and consider adoption. It will be weeks, possibly months before it will be known how many, and who of the children impacted by the earthquake in Haiti are newly orphaned, and if their parents are living but just separated from them.
More than 123,000 American Children are waiting to be adopted. They have been living in a series of foster and group homes for an average of up to four years, hoping for the stability and love of a permanent family.
If families want to reach out now to a child in the United States who has survived tragedy and loss, they can do that right now. Call The Adoption Exchange at 801-265-0444 or go to www.adoptex.org.
The Adoption Exchange provides resources and educational support to the families and the children before, during and after adoption. The organization maintains a national training presence, and connects children from eight member states – Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming – with American families living here and abroad.
To learn more about The Adoption Exchange, its programs and services, and how you can help call 801-265-0444 or go to www.adoptex.org . "
I hope the links help with questions. It will be interesting to see what comes.
Whether the child is Hatian, Korean or American and any nationality in between I pray they will be embraced into a loving family!