As we watch the images of the horrible tragedy that has taken place in Haiti, one cannot help but be heartbroken especially for the children who do not have a family to take care of them. With all the families who want to adopt children, it seems like the thing to do would be to get them out of Haiti to these families. However, the Office of Children's Services explains in their recent post, Children Affected by the earthquake in Haiti, why unfortunately it is just not that simple.
Haiti has very strict adoption rules. Many families unless something changes would not even be eligible to adopt from Haiti according to their current laws, us included. The marriage requirement is 10 years and we've only been married 8 years in June. Also since we have two children, we would need a Presidential Waiver to adopt and these are extremely timely and often refused :( There are new laws pending but have not yet been passed. Read more about this at Creating a Family, which is an excellent resource on adoption created and managed by Dawn Davenport. Dawn has a weekly radio show and is an expert on adoption and infertility issues.
If you'd like to help financially, please consider donating to http://www.americares.org/ Americares is delivering medicines, medical supplies, and aid to the people of Haiti. They have already airlifted more than $6 million of supplies into the area.
Join us in praying for these children, and the other people in Haiti as they begin to heal from both their physical and emotional injuries inflicted by this horrible event, and as they rebuild their homes and lives.