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Update: 100+ Orphans Caught in Potentially Lethal Red Tape

Written by: Bill Sherman on Tuesday, 19 January 2010, 10:56 PM

Earlier today, I wrote about 100+ orphans caught in potentially lethal red-tape in Haiti.

During the day, another orphanage successfully got their children out to safety. Governor Rendell went to Haiti and airlifted 53 Haitian orphans out.

However, the 135 children at the Maison des Enfants des Dieu are still facing dehydration and starvation because of potentially lethal red-tape. According to my sources at the “For His Glory” charity which runs the orphanage the situation is becoming critical.

Why not leave the orphans in Haiti?

The State Department says that they want to set up a safe area to complete the adoption process. However, there’s no details on when this “safe area” may be created. These children are facing dehydration and malnutrition. The children need to be made safe first, and then process the adoption paperwork. It’s a case where hours matter. Waiting a week or two for a safe area may very well be too late for many of these children.

Were these children orphaned because of the earthquake?

No. These children were all in the adoption process prior to the earthquake. An adoption from Haiti can take years. These children have adopted parents who have been waiting months or years for them.

What can you do?

Please contact your congresspeople (senators and representatives) to help cut through this red tape.

Here’s a link you can use to locate the phone #s for the offices of your senators and congresspeople. Please call today.

P.S. Some congresspeople have asked for contacts with the U.S. charity. If that happens, please contact me, and I can provide phone and e-mail contacts.

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