Many people have written asking if the children that came from the orphanage in Kenscoff would be for adoption. At this time, they are not. Our first priority is trying to find biological parents and seeing if any children can be returned to their families. Any child who is sponsored and returned to their family will go into our school sponsorship program, so that we can help the families pay for schooling for these children.
I am sure that some children will not be able to return to the families and eventually, those children will be available for adoption. But for now, we are trying to find the birth families to notify them where their children are staying.
Some other orphanages have contacted us and World Orphans Association saying that they can take a few children if we are not able to keep the children long term.
We are working with a couple of organizations such as World Orphans Association and HelpOneNow to help GLA get immediate supplies that we need into Haiti. World Orphan Association is helping find information on the children and finding a Haitian Psychologist to work with the children. We want to be proactive in getting psychological help for the children so that they can work through their feelings.
IBESR, next week, will be giving us what dossiers they have for each child and have told us that we can then go on the radio asking for parents or into the Kenscoff area asking for information. They also told Magaly yesterday that they will try to get our dossiers that are sitting in IBESR now through quickly so that we can get some children home and make room for these children.
Dr. Theard thinks some of the children are much older than stated on their paperwork. She thinks they just have stunted growth due to malnutrition. We probably will be doing some X-rays of their hand bones to get an idea of their true ages. The problem we have with this method is that radiologists give different readings of these tests and I don’t find them always very accurate.
Continue to pray for the children. They are still adjusting and it will take a while to get them all settled in.
Posted on Thu, June 7, 2012