Haiti: Earthquake Update

January 14, 2010

Sometimes it is more than one can bear. Living in abject poverty. Living in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Living with no mother, no father. And now this.

Yesterday, while the good people of Haiti were literally digging themselves out of the rubble, Joint Council and the members of our Haiti Caucus humbly met with a sense of despair, urgency, concern and resolve. Our phones rang off the hook with offers of help, with questions about the children and orphanages. Emails came in with more questions and more offers of help and financial assistance.

How To Help

While Joint Council always accepts and appreciates contributions, we are asking all those who wish to make a contribution to please make that donation to those organizations who provide direct services to the children of Haiti. Below is a list of those Joint Council Member Organizations who have active and substantial programs in Haiti and who have the ability to make your donation provide direct assistance in Haiti.

As you have seen on the news, most of Haiti has been impacted by the earthquake including orphanages, schools and medical clinics that serve orphaned children. The organizations listed below are able and willing to provide temporary assistance and to rebuild for long-term service to orphans and vulnerable families. We again urge everyone to make a contribution of any size.

If you do choose to make a contribution to Joint Council, please know that your donation will be used to fund our efforts to coordinate emergency relief efforts.

Adoptions

Our hearts go out to the children and families of Haiti and to those American families who are adopting. We understand your concern and fear during this time of uncertainty. And here is were Joint Council can help.

While Joint Council does not provide direct services such as housing, clean water and nutrition during emergencies, we can help in other ways. We are preparing a database of adoptive families and the children whom they are adopting with a goal of providing you with the status and location of the children. More information will be published on this effort in the coming days.

Joint Council is also working with the U.S. government to determine the impact of the devastation on the adoption process. Given that the coming days will be rightly focused on rescue efforts, it will take days if not weeks to fully assess the impact on adoptions and develop a plan to move forward with specific cases. Information on the adoption process will be published within the next few weeks.

US Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues Announcement

The U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued a notice in regards to the children affected by Natural Disasters and Conflict.

Adoption During Emergencies

All credible organizations recognize and agree that new adoption cases, including new referrals, are not appropriate in a time of crisis or national emergency. Initiating new adoptions at this time could open the door to corruption and abuse of children. Every effort must be made to identify and find family members for children who are separated or displaced as a result of the earthquake.

Joint Council understands the natural tendency to offer a loving family for children who may be newly orphaned, however we urge all adoption service providers and potential adoptive families to refrain from inquiring or attempting to start a new adoption.

All of us at Joint Council and our Member Organizations are working diligently and ask for your support of the children and families of Haiti.

Adoption-Link

Information and Donations, click here.

Adoption-Link is providing emergency relief through their Haitian partnerships with The Foundation Enfant Jesus and also the Village of Vision.

Adoption-Link works with the Foundation Enfant Jesus in Haiti with a focus on finding families for children with HIV through their Chance by Choice program. Their program with The Foundation Infant Jesus finds families for children including family preservation through strong community development programs.

Heather Breems, MSW

International Supervisor/Haiti Program Coordinator

Adoption-Link

1113 South Blvd.

Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 524-1433

Bethany Christian Services

Blog and Donations, click here.

BCS is collaborating with Haitian local and national organizations in order to assist with earthquake relief.

In Haiti, BCS currently provides child sponsorship programs, and is piloting a program to teach women a trade, allowing them to provide for their families, hopefully with the result that the family remains intact.

Carolina Adoption Services

Information and Donations, click here.

Carolina Adoption Services is focusing their emergency relief on housing, food and water for the children who have lost their orphanage.

Carolina Adoption Services currently works in Tabarre, approximately 10 miles outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Carolina Adoption Services reports that the staff and children of the orphanage are unharmed, but that damage was sustained to the buildings themselves.

Susan Fox – saw@carolinaadoption.org or 336-275-9660

Celebrate Children International

Information and Donations, click here.

Celebrate Children is providing humanitarian relief and mission trips including medical teams and rebuilding projects.

Celebrate Children International provides adoption services, humanitarian aid and medical services to families, children and orphans in Haiti.

Sue Hedberg sue@celebratechidlren.org

Angela Vance angela@celebratechildren.org

Tammy Grega tammy@celebratechildren.org

407 977 2810

407 625 9192

Dillon International

Dillon International operates a Children’s Village and works with Hope Hospital in Haiti. Reports are that large number of children and families are coming to the hospital for assistance. At the moment they report that the greatest need is gasoline to run the generators.

To donate, please click here.

Dillon’s updates on the situation can be found at http://www.dillonadopt.com/

Holt International Children’s Services

Information and Donations, click here.

Holt International Children’s Services is working to ensure the safety and health of the children who live in Holt villages and are opening their doors to children in the surrounding area who have no homes to return to. Holt is using everything the have to make sure children are safe.

Holt International has been providing services to orphaned children and at-risk families since 2004. Holt currently operates the Holt Fontana Village orphanage, which cares for children who have been orphaned or abandoned.

Bruce Dahl, bruced@holtinternational.org – 541-687-2202

Kentucky Adoption Services

Information and Donations, click here.

Kentucky Adoption Services is providing medical assistance, food and clean water. Their team of 10 physicians will transport 2 planeloads of food and water. Donations for food and water are urgently needed. Their emergency relief efforts are in partnership with BRESMA Orphanage and Child Care Center.

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