I have received an uncountable number of email, facebook messages and comments the last few days. Let me address the #1 question and then another one that popped up that I just don’t want to ignore…
1) How can we adopt a Haitian?
At this point, you can’t. There is far too much chaos in Haiti and in the system as a whole to press for adoption. No agency I know would take your paperwork in this situation. If we bring orphans to the US who are not already placed, I am advocating for humanitarian parole – a sort of limbo status until it all gets sorted out. It is premature to talk about adopting them at this point.
And from the comments this morning:
2) Just playing devil’s advocate here… is it the US’ responsibility to go into a country and scoop up all of its orphans? Where’s the Haitian government’s responsibility in this?
I’m not advocating scooping up all the orphans. Please reread my prior posts on who I am trying to help.
That said, you are correct that it is not the US responsibility – rather, it is the privilege of the church to care for the poor of the earth.
It’s wrong to look to any government for the answers, and this is no time to try and teach the Haitian government a lesson. They were unable to care for their own in the best of times. Are we really willing to sacrfice this generation of orphans on the altar of teaching the Haitians they should have been more careful before their country shook to pieces?
This isn’t a governmental responsibility. This one is ours.
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