After the earthquake, rated a 7.0 on the Richter scale, rocked Haiti I have been seeking information on how this will impact adoptions. Haiti ranked 8th in the top countries adopted from in 2009.
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and was already suffering before the earthquake hit early morning on January 12th. Some of the issues that may delay adoptions, or getting word on the welfare of your child or their birth family include:
- UN building collapsed
- power is down
- communication systems are down, except for satellite phones
- adoption paperwork may be lost in the destruction
- some orphanages have been destroyed and the children relocated to nearby churches
Keep in mind that at this time the focus will be on search and recovery of survivors and then on to basic survival. Contact your local adoption agency for information on how your child(ren) are doing. The toughest will be waiting to hear, be patient and lean on your faith and the support people in your life.
It's easy to feel helpless, but there are ways you can help. One way is by donating to different agencies that are sending aid -
SOS Children's Villages International
The Salvation Army
American Red Cross
Update on Haiti Adoptions
Please know that the love and concern for these children is overwhelming, but completing a quick Haitian adoption is probably not going to be a possibility. Efforts are being made to help these children, but the priority now is to save their lives. Please see how you can help do that now, while starting the paperwork to start an adoption from Haiti.