Haiti Working Toward Hague

October 31st, 2012
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140579_lawyersThe best thing that has come out of the terrible destruction in Haiti back in 2010 is the increase in attention the children of this country have gotten. The earthquake had devastating effects on the country of Haiti that was already struggling under the weight of poverty and disease. Yet, the adoption program has taken off. Haiti is currently working to become a Hague Convention partner. This is an amazing step for Haiti's adoption program and the children that will be positively affected. It seems that the good that can come out of terrible times offer a little bit of relief for those affected. Haiti has risen as a strong adoptive partner in the last couple of years and continues to see a… [more]

Haiti Allowing Adoptions

September 30th, 2012
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1397374_wooden_heartI have great news for those of you are waiting for Haiti to re-open their adoption program. On September 14, 2012, the Haitian Adoption authority released a statement regarding the status of adoption for their country. This statement lays out the changes that will be made to the Haitian adoption program in order to bring about certification for Hague Convention. These changes are slated to begin on October 1, 2012. According to this release these new administrative procedures will allow Haiti to update their adoption program and fulfill necessary requirements to open a full fledge adoption relationship with the United States under the Hague Convention. Part of the changes will involve a regulating the orphanages and children's homes through an authorization process… [more]

Haiti Continues Working to Re-Open

August 31st, 2012
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1150903_drawing_on_the_floorIt is so interesting to see the strides that Haiti is taking in order to protect its adoption program. The devastation that wracked their capital left a great need for adoption relationships with willing countries but also left room for people to misuse others. Haiti has made all possible strides to ensure that all of their adoptions are happening in a legal manner. This is so important and should be viewed as a respectable avenue. It may seem to those of us on the outside that it is just something that has slowed down the adoption process but it is truly so much more. There is still a tremendous need for adoptive families for children whose lives were changed so drastically on that… [more]

Haiti Working Hard

July 30th, 2012
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578661_boyI was again surprised to see that it has been since March that I posted on this blog. Unfortunately, I missed it and didn't realize- I apologize for that. Things have been happening in this country regarding their adoption program. Haiti is currently working toward being part of the Hague Convention. This is a huge move on their part because of the massive amount of work that must be done in order to ensure that the adoption program meets Hague standards. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Haiti was implementing the necessary changes to be part of this coalition. I believe this will be a positive for the long-term effectiveness of the program. According to the United States International Adoption website, Haiti approved… [more]

Adopting a Child that Has Living Parents

March 31st, 2012
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578661_boyI have noticed a lot of interest in Haiti adoption. This is good. There is such a great need for care of orphans in this country. One of the recent comments from this blog dealt with adopting a child/children from Haiti whose parents are still living and want you to take the kid for a better life. I do not know much about this. I know that relinquishment papers can be signed in some countries but am not certain in Haiti. One of the biggest obstacles that could be  for adopting out of this situation is that the governments of both Haiti and United States are VERY careful in the wake of the 2010 devastation that occurred. I know that adoption regulations have… [more]

Hang in There

February 29th, 2012
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1270481_ocean_loveIf I were to go to the street and ask people about the poorest country in their eyes, Haiti would be one of the top answers that I would get. The country of Haiti has struggled economically for many years. This has been magnified by the earthquake that hit their capital in 2010. The city was demolished, people's lives were devastated- it was a heavy blow to an already struggling nation. Since that time, many people have stepped up to help the Haitians. There have been fundraisers, item collections and mission trips. The heart of the people has been touched by the great outreach. This is where adoption comes in. The children of Haiti are in need. They have lost. They are often… [more]

A Marriage Based on Promise

January 31st, 2012
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1362457_roses_n_ringsI sat in the darkened church on Saturday night with tears filling up my eyes. My husband's cousin was marrying the man of her dreams- the wedding was beautiful. It was very simple, just a gathering of family and close friends. They didn't want more than that. Some people may wonder why this couple did not want more glitz and glamour- more money spent. The reason is very simple. They have a heart for a nation of people who are hurting. They wanted to put their money toward the people of Haiti. What an amazing couple. In lieu of a honeymoon, they traveled to Haiti back in November to minister to the orphans. When I look at them, I see the passion… [more]

Towels for Haiti

December 30th, 2011
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829982_earthquake_in_pakistan_It is hard to believe that the two year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated a large portion of Haiti is coming up. On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked this nation. They have not recovered. I have many family members who have visited there in the past year and they come home with broken hearts and a regained sense of the urgency that is faced by the Haitians every day. The need is great. In light of that, I have to tell you about a neat girl and what she is doing on behalf of the Haitian people. She is a Chinese exchange student who is living in my home. As part of a Christmas dinner, she saw a movie… [more]

Haiti Fraud Alert

November 22nd, 2011
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1307437_cautionHaiti has been the hot topic around this area for the last week because several people we know have gone over to serve there in whatever capacity is needed. I love that! It seems that Haiti has struggled so much since the devastating blow it received. There is little that can be done but to serve. I am grateful to be surrounded by compassionate people who choose to give of their time and money so freely to help the poorest of the poor. In regard to adoption from Haiti, a fraud threat has surfaced. Recently, a church who served in Haiti found that much of what they were in the form of food and clothing to a particular orphanage was disappearing before it… [more]

My Little Friend

October 31st, 2011
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1239803_girl_drawing_back_to_schoolI have been meaning to update you all on how my little friend 'Grace' has been. She, if you remember correctly, is one of the children who was air-lifted out of Haiti very soon after the devastating earthquake. Her adoptive family had been working tirelessly to bring her home at the time of the earthquake and the governmental officials approved her (and several other) pending adoptions. How amazing it was to watch that plane touch down and the children unloaded. I have had the joy of connecting with her aunt on a weekly basis and receiving updates on her growth and development. It has been a neat experience. It has been almost two years since Grace's arrival to her adoptive family and if you remember… [more]