If you live in the Middle TN area and would have an interest in hosting (fostering) a Haitian child who has been displaced from their family due to the extreme conditions in Haiti post-earthquake, you can place your name on a list that is being compiled by the Middle Tennessee Orphan Alliance at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y6Q6G9P . In addition, anyone can find information on the current status of getting the Haitian children to America and into safe homes at: http://www.rainbowkids.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=692 OR contact two reputable organizations directly: Safe Families (http://www.safe-families.org/ ) ; 4 Kids (http://www.4kidsofsfl.org/ ).
This was sent out today from the Middle Tennessee Orphan Alliance:
"There appears to be the public/government response that has come out against any new adoptions. Yet at the same time different organizations are getting calls to expect to have a number of children brought their way. So at this time, we just don't know what will happen."
Unfortunately, there is alot of misinformation floating about, so be cautious. If you decide to call around to agencies that are listed on the internet as being involved in placing the Haitian orphans in America, DO NOT give any personal information about your family (SSN, DOB, Income, Credit Card Number, etc.) over the phone. As in any high-profile situation, there are some masquerading and pretending to be something they are not while seeking to profit from others' generosity. Beware.
I know each and every reader of this blog has a HUGE heart....I say that without a moment of hesitation. In fact, most have adopted or are hoping to adopt at some point in their lives. While the placement of most of these children will not result in adoption, but will be temporary care until the children can be sent back to a safe environment, this is a great opportunity to minister to people who are truly needy. I knew you would all want to know about it!
If you have any questions, please place a comment on the blog. Between all of the readers and myself, we should manage to get some answers!!!
Micah 6:8: "What does the Lord require of you; to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."