Update from Dixie!

Our lawyer was able to get through to us today.  She says all of the government buildings downtown were damaged or destroyed!  She reported that Judge Rock CADET was killed in a building collapse. 

I have asked our lawyer to petition IBESR and the government of Hait to allow all children in the adoption process to be allowed to join their adoptive families.  We are all going to need beds for orphans who have lost their family in this disaster! 

I need all of my families to contact their adoption agencies and government officials to allow these children to leave Haiti without a Haitian passport on Humanitarian or Refuge visas!  I KNOW the USA government can issue emergency passports for situtations like this because they did it for me during a crisis in Haiti from a poison in a children's fever medicine and children were dying.  We sent 11 children out of Haiti during that time and most did not have a Haitian issued passport.  Please find out if your government has such a system in place! 

(All DUTCH Families: Please work through NAS to get these children home.  They are trying to get ALL children in process and not just those finished in Parquet.  So join forces with NAS and not to confuse the issue with the Dutch Government.

Some of your dossiers are thankfully with us in our office.  Others are wtih other government sections and we do not know if they are intact or not.  I do know that the National Palace, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, DJI building which is part of the legalization department, National Cathedral is gone.  I do not know about Immigration or IBESR! 

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20 comments (Add your own)

1. Dustin wrote:
Tom, Do you think there could be a way to do some expedited adoptions to get these children families? Sincerely, Dustin Murphy 1-479-877-9582

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 2:47 PM

2. Erica wrote:
If the children can be gotten out of the country on refuge visas, where will they go? Is there a way for families in the US to get qualified to take them in?

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 2:53 PM

3. Abby Hoefer wrote:
HI Tom- Neither of our Idaho senators can find any info on the meeting tomorrow. Can you let me know some more details to give them? Thank you- Abby Hoefer- adopting Alex from GLA

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 5:14 PM

4. Heather wrote:
Hello Iam from CA as was told I can donate clothes, personal supply, etc to this location in CO... I want to make sure this is legit and true before I start shipping stuff off.... I want to help the victims in Haiti!!! Please let me know thank you Heather

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 6:00 PM

5. Traci wrote:
If the adoption process has not been started yet through you do you think it will be a long time before you start or do you beleive it will go quicker now to get the children a home in a safe place. I am a current foster parent in the united states, my sister adopted a child two years ago, and I have a couple other family members that are now trying to adopt. We would all be willing to adopt if you need us. Let us know.

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 7:42 PM

6. Kristin wrote:
Hi Heather- Yes, it is true! They are 100% legit and legal- I've been there five times, and am returning again this summer. They will be shipping a container to Haiti as soon as they can. These are the items they are requesting at this time: For the orphanage, we always need powdered formula, diapers, baby wipes, baby cereal, infant tylenol, infant and childrens vitamins, and baby care items such as lotion, powder, baby shampoo. We also hope to be able to a...ssist the surrounding community with clothing, medical supplies, household items, hygiene items such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets and towels. Thank you for any help you can give!! clogirl@sbcglobal.net

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 8:01 PM

7. Andrea wrote:
I too would like to know if there are going to be any special processes put into place to try to get these children into loving homes? My husband and I have been considering and adoption and these stories have convinced us we would love to help a chilld from here. Where can I go to get more information?

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 9:04 PM

8. Greg Lane wrote:
I am working with some adoption advocacy contacts I have in Washington, DC on the visa issue. If there are families that need help please contact me at gregmlane@yahoo.com.

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 9:39 PM

9. Keri wrote:
I'm in New Orleans. I'm interested in collecting and shipping to you. Would there be a quicker way to get packages to God's Littlest Angels than going through Colorado? Please let me know.

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 9:55 PM

10. Carley wrote:
I am a licensed foster parent in the state of CO. Can we (and other's with a completed homestudy)help by taking in any of the children?

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 10:51 PM

11. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Dustin - there are people working on exactly that. Erica - if anything happens, what would probably happen is those who are already in process of adoption would get expedited so that they can go home to create space for the "new" orphans. Abby - If I can find more info, I'll post it. Heather - I'd stake my life on it that God's Littlest Angels is legit. Greg - can you call me some time tomorrow? (616) 292-7559.

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 11:17 PM

12. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Carley, It's way to early in the process to determine whether that would work. It's been done before, but in only 2 occasions that I know of. Tom

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 11:18 PM

13. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Keri - we found out tonight that shipping a container isn't going to work because the pier in Port Au Prince is essentially gone. We're working on other logistical issues for that and how to get things there. Stay tuned for more info as it develops. Tom

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 11:20 PM

14. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Andrea, Due to the uncertainty of the adoption process, the uncertainty of the Haitian government, new applications for adoption are on hold. Please stay in touch here and we'll keep you informed. Tom

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 11:21 PM

15. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Unfortunately, we can't get a container off a ship in PAP because the pier is so badly damaged. So we're working on the logistics of what to do to get the stuff there. Tom

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 11:24 PM

16. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Traci, I can't say for sure how long it's going to be. The dust (actual, proverbial, and governmental) needs to settle before we know what the requirements and the challenges will be. it's a rapidly evolving situation. Tom

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 11:25 PM

17. Fran Habecker wrote:
What about the port at St. Marc? Dixie, we had re-established contact with Silne around Christmas time. Last talked with him Jan 6 but no pick-up on the phone now. We thoroughly identify with those experiencing red tape. We have yet to find scissors big enough--and it's been 14 years.

Thu, January 14, 2010 @ 11:50 PM

18. Thomas Marzahl wrote:
To Tom and Dixie and everyone else - from far away Berlin in Germany, my thoughts are with you and all the victims and their families and friends in Haiti. Ive just made a donation to GLA via Paypal, and hope the small sum will help - and that you work ou the enormous logistics in getting supplies and more to those who need them in and around Port au Prince.

Fri, January 15, 2010 @ 5:39 AM

19. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Thomas, Thank you. Can I ask that anyone who reads this and has connections at any of the airlines that fly into Port Au Prince, e-mail me directly at tvanderwell@sbcglobal.net. Thanks! Tom

Fri, January 15, 2010 @ 7:07 AM

20. Greg Lane wrote:
Tom - I understand a meeting is taking place in Washington regarding the visas. Would you (or anyone monitoring this blog) call me with more details? You can reach me at 703.300.7415.

Fri, January 15, 2010 @ 8:26 AM

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