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Quick Questions, Quick Answers

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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17 Responses

  1. Well put Randy. I agree that we the church must awaken and humbly manifest Christ by voice and action.

  2. It is an honor to call you my friend, sir. Love ya!

  3. Randy,
    With full understanding that these children are not adoptable we would be willing to take some for however long it is needed. We are a state approved foster family. I know several other families who would do the same. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of these children. Praying.
    DeAnna Parker

  4. AMEN! Randy, well put.!

  5. Thank you Randy! We appreciate all that you are giving to this!

  6. “But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?'”

    Luke 10:29

    We are incredibly quick to ask the wrong questions, aren’t we. I think Luke 10 and Isaiah 58 (among many others) make clear the questions that God is asking of us.

    “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

    “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
    to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
    to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?”

  7. Well said. It is to our shame that the church is looking to governments to provide for the widows and orphans.

  8. I wholeheartedly agree with you on all points… every single one including those on your previous post. I wasn’t trying to be ugly seem uncaring. There are a lot of people in this world that will not “care” as much as we do about the plight of the orphans in Haiti. Just be prepared for those that will say and ask things much worse that I asked.

    My heart is and always has been in Haiti and with the Haitian people. I want to help just as much as anyone else. This will never cease…

    Thank you for your answer.

    Blessings!

  9. I completely understood you were playing the devil’s advocate and it’s a question to be answered. I answered it more for the greater community who may be wondering and would not ask.

    We’re all on the side of orphans.

  10. Love what your doing and would love to help in any way we can.

  11. Randy- what do we need to do to be a home? Do we have to get approved somehow, or get a foster license or whatever?

  12. Thanks again for sharing information. I know you’re mind is probably spinning. I appreciate all the updates!

  13. should families interested in future adoption start the process of becoming an approved foster care provider? it would be a good idea to get families started down the right path to help & hopefully provide that forever-home for these children. what are your ideas & thoughts?

  14. What can we do to advocate with you for the humanitarium parole for unplace orphans? Do we contact congress? Do you have any idea how many unplaced orphans were in haiti before the quake?

  15. Randy, we’re breathlessly waiting for updates and/or action plans here… And doing as instructed when instructed. 🙂

    @stacylynn I’m not Randy, obviously, but I hope you don’t mind… Speaking as a state-approved foster parent (though for all I know you’re one too), becoming approved is a lengthy process. The shortest time I’ve heard is six months; it took us ten months. The state can’t handle international adoptions, and most international adoption agencies insist upon doing their own, much more expensive home studies.

    That said, I think it’s always a good idea for the Church to put itself into a position of being ready to take in the fatherless, the rejected, and the orphans (in a state-approved fashion, when possible). Always an inspired idea, to be ready for the next disasters, which if we’re living in the end times will keep coming, and who knows if the next one will be where we live?

  16. thanks Randy! I appreciate your input, great insight.

  17. It is about time the church wakes up to the orphan crisis worldwide.

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