Japan – Response to Earthquake and Tsunami

Our hearts go out to our friends, colleagues and everyone in Japan. The massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11 continues to bring devastation, loss and suffering of an unimaginable scale. As was said after the Haiti earthquake, ‘sometimes it is more than one can bear.’

Within hours of the devastating earthquake in Japan and continuing through today, we have received many offers of assistance, expressions of concern for children and questions on how to donate.

Adoption During Emergencies

It is not widely known that Japan, much like the United States, uses intercountry adoption as a viable option for children in need. However, adoption of any type is not appropriate in a time of crisis or national emergency. While it is a natural and human response to offer a loving family for children who may be newly orphaned, we urge all to refrain from inquiring or attempting starting a new adoption at this time. Reasonable, aggressive and timely efforts must be made to identify and find family members for children who are separated or displaced as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.

How To Help

As a member and donor-supported non-profit, Joint Council always accepts and appreciates contributions. However, we are asking anyone wishing to make a donation to the needs of the Japanese people, to please make that donation to organizations who are providing direct emergency relief in Japan. The Embassy of Japan in Washington is directing donations to a variety of organizations including;

Japanese Red Cross Society – Learn moreDonate

AmeriCares – Learn moreDonate.



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