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UPDATE ON THE HAITI ORPHANS CRISIS:


The Haiti Orphans Crisis

UPDATE ON THE HAITI ORPHANS CRISIS:

 

I.  The following Emergency Bulletin is from Kristen Hammond, the creator of http://www.HumanitarianParole.com

 

Humanitarian paroles have been authorized by DHS, but some children in the adoption process have still received no food, water or medical supplies.  Now is the time to contact your legislators to ask for aid to be directed to children in orphanages, that a safe staging area be created for Haitian children being adopted ...while they wait for processing and that the government send more people to Haiti to help process these children.

It's time to contact our members of Congress/White House/State Department/DHS AGAIN to bring these children home to the US.

 

Sample letter Addressing the Health and Safety of Children in Haiti:

On January 18, 2010, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano granted humanitarian parole to many of the Haitian children being adopted by United States citizens. While I applaud this measure, many of these children are still in Haitian orphanages which to date have not received any humanitarian aid such as food, water or a safe area to sleep. These children will not survive if they do not receive help. I ask you to contact the State Department and the USCIS on my behalf and request that:

1. Aid be directed to orphanages that have made repeated requests for assistance and are in dire need, 2. A safe staging area be identified where children in the adoption process may wait for processing for humanitarian paroles and immigrant visas so that their medical needs may be met, 3. That those children already processed with a humanitarian parole or an immigrant visa be given immediate assistance in leaving Haiti, and 4. That the State Department and USCIS detail additional personnel to the Embassy in Port au Prince to facilitate faster processing.

We are already beginning to lose children in Haiti due to the delays. Please act swiftly so we do not lose more.

Here is a link where you can find your State Representatives' Contact Information

By the way, if you only have a few minutes, you can just copy & paste this letter and e-mail it to your two senators and your congressman.  Their e-mail addresses are included in the contact information provided by the link.  I just did mine and it took less than five minutes.

Update on the Haiti Orphans Crisis

II.  The following is another idea from another member of the group, Mark Howerton:  Call your County Social Service office, Governors office, and Congressmen offices and tell them you'd be willing to 'take in' and/or 'Foster' a Haitian child who is in the US on HP. There's no doubt that one of the main questions lawmakers are asking is "where will the children go who are not already place...d in an adoptive home?" Your call may help them answer that question and expedite getting these children to safety.

 

III.  For those who are interested in adopting Orphans from Haiti right now these two organizations seem to the best way to go:

a. Bethany Christian Services - To Start A Haiti Adoption Process

b. The Archdiocese of Miami

Tammy Cavaness Shelton Right now as far as she knows that the Catholic church of Miami and Bethany Christian services are the only ways to possibly get a emergency placement for these children. If anyone else knows how...I would love more options but will continue to try these.

Jessica Zerwas Brockardt And the Archdiocese of Miami says "People willing to provide resources or are interested in adoption or foster care for this disaster can email Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami at info@ccadm.org."  Here is a link to the Archdiocese of Miami.

 

Here are a couple of blogs explaining this extreme emergency:

CHILDREN ARE DYING IN HAITI - PLEASE HELP BRING THEM HOME!

URGENT PLEA FOR HELP AT THIS HOUR - HAITI BABIES NEED WATER NOW!!!

I have received several e-mails and comments from many of you wanting to help.  The support of the Active Rain Community has been incredible.  I am proud to be part of this amazing community, my Active Rain Family!  What can I say?  I love you guys!  You give me Hope!  Thank you! 

 

Mirela

 

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Comment balloon 41 commentsMirela Monte • January 20 2010 11:36PM

Comments

This is a tragedy, not outraged as much as I am saddened by all the suffering. 

Posted by Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 512-845-4204, My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Aaron:  The beautiful thing is that with only 5 minutes of your time, you can now do something about it!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Let's hope each and every orphan is adopted by a loving family.  I am amazed and inspired by the spirit and strength of the Haitian people.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 10 years ago

It's called empowerment and it will reverberate into all areas of one's life, once someone moves forward with it...

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Norma:  From your lips to God's ears... There are so many loving people interested in adopting, but beyond that, ANYONE can copy and paste and send three letters to theiir representatives expressing concern.  I hope you all take 5 minutes of your time to copy and past your names and your representatives names in the sample letter above and e-mail it to them.

The Haiti people are resilient and amazing.  They've had a lot of practice...

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Mirela, Thank you for your undying efforts to help. Thank you for spreading the word. We need to get our concerns noticed and it can happen by sending letters (easy as email) to our representatives. 

Posted by Lindsay over 10 years ago

As an ex foster father my heart goes out to children who need help.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 10 years ago

Tim:  I know what you mean.  I just want to stretch my arms sooooooooooo wide and take all of them in my embrace!

We can possibly keep these kids alive by simply copying and pasting the form letter in the blog and e-mailing it to our representatives.  Please Help!

 

Lindsay:  I agree 100%.  We have accomplished much on the ground in Haiti already, where citizen volunteers connecting by Twitter have saved countless lives already. 

I just got another idea while typing my response to you.  To spread the word to our friends, we can also copy the link in the browser and post this blog on our Facebook pages.

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Operation Pierre Pan is becoming reality

...We'll try to solve this every which way we can...  Click on the link above & sign up if interested.

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

NASCAR Super Team owner Rick Hendrick has been flying 2 planes a day since Sat to bring out orphans and take in medical personnel and supplies.  The emotional story of Hendrick Motor SportsDirector Aviation is heartwarming!!!

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1445594/nascar-s-rick-hendrick-sends-planes-for-kids-and-gets-dough-for-haiti-relief-

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 10 years ago

The children always get the short end of the stick.. .I'm very sad about this

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 10 years ago

Ok, done and done. Thanks for taking the time to post this so we can try to do something about this tragedy!

Posted by Lisa Schlitz, Realtor - Wellington, Florida Homes 561-214-3216 (Home Run Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thanks for this. My heart goes out to the children whose lives have been shattered and have lost their parents (and whole families in some cases) with no warning, explanation or closure. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 10 years ago

Thank you. I may be writing a TBN blurb later because they are sending 100% of the donated funds earmarked for Haiti to Haiti. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

 

Featured @ Club Chaos

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thank you for posting this. This is such an overwhelming situation. I hope that we all can find small ways to help such as this.

Posted by Susan Thompson-Solomons, Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services McNelis Group Properties) over 10 years ago

All of this is so sad. Seeing children in the streets just tears my heart out. Thank you for posting this in order to get the word out!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 10 years ago

Whatever we do can never be enough to help those in Haiti. It is such a saddening situtaion.  There were 5 orphans in our community that were expedited and brought to safety to their adoptive parents. Such a great releif for them.

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

I will copy and paste and forward to my data base and address book.  God Bless these children.

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker) over 10 years ago

Mirela, I will absolutely do this and hope everyone takes a few minutes to help as well.  We need to get those children help and HOME to the families waiting for them.  I hope that those that can will also foster a child for a period of time.

Thank you for the links and letter.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the update! It only takes a few minutes to help! 

Posted by Danielle Hasley (Keller Williams Franklin) over 10 years ago

Thanks for this update and I am following the progress of several different aid programs.

Posted by James Lyon (Vista Pacific Realty) over 10 years ago

Mirela, what is happening in Haiti certainly is a travesty.  Thanks for the suggesttions. I'll shoot off a couple of emails too.

Posted by Douglas Lovitt (Washington Management Company, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Wow!  This is so great!  Thank you so very much for all the support!  Sometimes I get so discouraged by what I see.  Thank God we have the Optimist Group, a most valuable resource at a time like this, a source of inspiration and encouragement. 

A lot is going on today on the ground in Haiti.  You can follow my Haiti Twitter Stream at:

http://twitter.com/MirelaMonte/haiti

so you can see for yourself, or read my updates throughout the day, which I will post here as a comment. 

THANK YOU!  GOD BLESS YOU!  There is HOPE for these kids, thanks to you!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Please don't forget to re-blog & post this to your Facebook pages!

Thank you!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

For anyone interested in the fate of many of these kids even before the quake:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1445550/restaveks

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

This just in:

ShaunKing

If you have those things and need an ORPHAN evacuated, email my friend Michael who is @ the US Embassy @ misterwatch@me.com

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Update on Operation Pedro Pan (Pierre Pan):

 

http://www.miamiherald.com/video/index.html?media_id=9316657

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Soledad O'Brien has had an amazing accomplishment today and you can probably see it on CNN later on.  She transported two bus loads of orphans out of Haiti to the Dominican Republic, trying to get them out.  After almost missing the plane & chasing it down the runway, these lucky kids will be on their way to be reunited with their adoptive parents in the USA.  Remarkable story!  She is my hero! 

Here is a picture that just came in less than 5 minutes ago:

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Here is the story of "Operation Soledad O'Brien" in pictures:

http://twitpic.com/photos/Soledad_OBrien

and here is the story via her Twitter stream:

http://twitter.com/Soledad_OBrien

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

ShaunKing

Room for 3 more doctors to go on an all-expense paid medical trip to Haiti this Monday from Miami. shaunking@courageous.tv

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

It is absolutely hardbreaking what such young children are enduring right now. 

Posted by Andrea Kappre, New Jersey Realtor, New Jersey MLS, Homes for Sale (Keller Williams Hometown) over 10 years ago

I'm going to the link right now. Thank you so much for the post.

www.GarrigusRealEstate.com

 

Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Thank you for this worthy and vital information.

Posted by BethAnn Long, Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate (RE/MAX Inland Empire) over 10 years ago

Thank you for this worthy and vital information.

Posted by BethAnn Long, Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate (RE/MAX Inland Empire) over 10 years ago

This is going to be an extremely unpopular statement but I'll make it anyway...

I don't see how pressuring aid toward orphans that are in the process of being adopted by non-Haitians is a good thing. The need for aid is pretty much universal in Haiti right now and certainly isn't limited to that group of children. The implication is that children being adopted by Americans are somehow better or more deserving that any others. I know that the heart is in the right place but I don't agree that resources should be specifically diverted to these particular children over others who have just a great (or, in many cases, greater) need.

I'm all for expediting visas for children who were already in the adoption process (don't get me started on USCIS) but airlifting newly orphaned kids, like the proposed Operation Pierre Pan, is a very bad idea for a variety of reasons and I'm afraid that a well intentioned outcry will pressure officials to make it a reality.

I am an adoptive parent and have friends who are in the adoption process through Haiti so I don't say these things as an uninformed outsider. 

Posted by Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale (Select Realty Professionals) over 10 years ago



If you want to Help Haiti you have to do it yourself!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Mirela, I did it last night - sent it to all my representatives. Thanks so much for posting this and getting the word out!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 10 years ago

This situation still breaks my heart.  We've had a lot of success in the past two days, getting many orphans out already and working on many more.  Every success is bittersweet: so happy for that child, yet knowing full well that for every one we get out, thousands more are still in grave danger.  It's so heart wrenching to think that we may not get to all of them in time... 

We've accomplished so much, yet I still feel so helpless...  Somehow, the inner workings of my deals don't seem that important anymore.  I've had such a hard time concentrating on my clients' needs...  Still, by the grace of God, I've been able to put together & massage several deals into fruition since the quake started.   I think I forgot to eat and sleep and I have body odor for the first time in my life.  I look forward to getting out of "crisis" mode!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

If your eyes are still dry after watching this "Hell" to "Heaven" transition, then you're probably... 

working too hard to seem tough...

Soledad O'Brien's Operation Rescue Orphans

 

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing this post with us.  WE all need to understand what is happening in Haiti.

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) almost 10 years ago

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