Tuesday, January 19, 2010

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING

I do not take credit for this post - it came from a fellow adoptive mom's blog. Bottom line, there are more orphans today than there were 1 week ago in Haiti and they are in jeopardy. Please join me in making phone calls. If you don't know your representative or senator, go look it up! Google us government and it is so easy! Also, call your governors! The gov of PA was able to bring some children home! While we haggle over visas and laws, children are fighting to survive. We can FOSTER these children while families are found. I have heard people say it is unethical to just take the kids away; is it less unethical to let helpless children starve in the street? We are not talking about ripping children out of the loving arms of a parent or relative. We are talking about current orphans and all the new orphans. Anyway - here is the post. After reading it, make a phone call or two (or five)!

Sweet friends, I received another email from my friend Susan a few minutes ago. She lives here in our town and both she and her husband are doctors. As we all know, there are many, many, many families waiting for kids from Haiti. One blog friend, Amy, is trying to get her daughter home. The media doesn't always have the most up-to-date information, so here it is - first hand from Susan (a mom trying to get two kids out)....

Please call your congressman now!!


Orphanages are out of water and food; New Life Link ran out of food last night. There are numerous cases of looting orphanages in PAP.

WE have made some progress: Haiti has agreed to release our children, Janet Napalitano will grant humanitarian parole and there are planes/ and a secure location with food/medical equipment/hospital stateside that we can use. BUT the U.S. government has NOT granted evacuation and security. Everything else is IN PLACE for these kids.
We need the federal govt (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to approve our childrens evacuation NOW.

A sample of the point we need to make are:

Hello, my name is…


I know that many Members of Congress continue to support efforts on behalf of Haiti’s orphaned children. I extend my thanks to the Congressman/Senator.
I am calling because…
We need your help to get the orphans out of Haiti safely.
Water, food and medicine are running out.
Gangs have looted some of the orphanages and even travel is not safe for the children.
The Department of Homeland security has granted humanitarian parole, but it is only the first step.
The devastation from the earthquake is vast and the orphan's safety - and even life - is at risk.
Joint Council on International Children’s Services, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and a team of congressional offices and relief organizations are working to coordinate a staging and housing center to provide:
Physical safety
Medicine
Food
Water
A Staging Center for USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to process humanitarian parole
The groups working to launch the staging and housing center already have most of what the children need.
But they do not have
Water
Security to protect the children and supplies from the gangs
Transportation to bring the children into this safe haven

We are asking that (name of Member of Congress) personally call:
Secretary of State Clinton, and
Dr. Shah, Administrator Designate at USAID
And specifically request that they authorize security forces be sent to the offered staging center and assist in the extraction and transport of these children from their orphanages to the staging center. All other pieces of a successful operation of this staging center are currently in place, but all hinge on this authorization of security and transport.

If this security does not reach the site within 24 hours, children being adopted and many other children will continue to suffer and may in fact not live long enough to be united with my family and the other 300 U.S. families. Please help! Thank you very much.

Note:
If the Member of Congress needs more information, please have them contact:

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
Info@ccainstitute.org
202-544-8500


The Joint Council on International Children’s Services
jcics@jcics.org
703-535-8045

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