Deseret News in Haiti: Utahns assist in getting Haitian orphans to U.S.

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  • Linda
    Jan. 26, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    Jennifer I am a Christian, member Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saint , Better known as Mormon, and if you investigate a bit you will find that our standers for adoption are very strict.I find it very weird sticking up for LDS member on a LDS website. There are many ways of being informed over the beliefs of the LDS members and one very important message is our corner stone is 100% Christian.Amen

  • Adopting a child,SocialServices
    Jan. 24, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    The recovery of a child to
    give them much care in thier life
    as the Adoption continues for the Haiti people..

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 24, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    does any one know who you would call to adopt one of these children

  • Amanda
    Jan. 24, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    Nothing would make me happier than to see these children in a wonderful loving home, LDS or not. Brian and Tonya would be the finest parents ever! What an amazing service they, and so many others are doing.

  • shiznaw
    Jan. 24, 2010 5:20 p.m.

    helping doesn't necessarily mean having to adopt a child in response to a crisis.

    just remember that, everyone. Its extremely important

  • Never Give up on Caring!
    Jan. 24, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    As our healing runs deep
    in thier spirit and the love
    to help others Bless you All

  • Never Give up Those Children
    Jan. 24, 2010 4:43 p.m.

    Need are Help..Adoption Yes
    That those who can not Adopt One
    Dont give up on those Left Behind~~

  • Jennifer T
    Jan. 24, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    Amen! Couldn't have said it better! It's NOT about religion. We are called to care for orphans and widows...period. You can help in so many ways...not just through adoption!

    I'm a Christian would the LDS Family Services allow me to adopt through them??? I'm betting not. Thank God for all the orphanages down in Haiti! Keep doing what your doing!

  • Gina Thompson
    Jan. 24, 2010 10:15 a.m.

    Just be there to help!!! stop all the stories of who gets what and what religion, lets run to the call of those who are in need, whatever and however we can help, dont make this a battle lets make it a blessing, no matter what just fight to do the right thing because we can.

  • K
    Jan. 23, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Many families are not eligible based on age, weight, marital history, marital status, kids in the home already, religious practice (restricted for faith that doesn't approve of modern medical practice and Christian's can't adopt Muslim children.)

    I'm Catholic. Would LDS Family Services work with me? Of course not. The birth families coming to LDS FS want the child raised in a practicing household of a LDS family. I adopted from China and used a Christian agency that wouldn't have accepted us into their domestic program, cause we are Catholic and not "Christian". Besides their birthmom's go to them to find nonCatholic Christian households. But the country of China doesn't care what we are so they don't place the same restriction in the China program. So I wouldn't say every faith based agency has restrictions on faith for all adoption programs.

    You should adopt because you want to extend your family, not in reaction to a crisis. We are called to care for orphans. That doesn't mean adopt them. If it takes 2 years in good times, how long would an adoption take in chaos?

  • K
    Jan. 23, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    330 children were adopted from Haiti to American's in 2009. It has been in the range of 191 -355 in the last 6 years. It's a good 2 year process. That's not really impacting US adoptions.

    It can take 3 months for the Haitian government to grant the child a passport that must read the adoptive name of the child and this must be down before the child leaves Haiti. 3 months after the adoption is finalized. And that's the official number from our adoption government help website. Could be longer. Then after the passport the parent's must apply to bring that specific child in country through immigration. The child must also after been seen by a proper medical panel to get tests done before the VISA is issued. Vaccinations and such may need to be done depending on child's age. The parent's also need to present themselves for the exit interview.

    You actually adopt the child there and then wait for the US government to get everything from Haiti saying that the child really was eligible for adoption and yes the child can go home with the parents.

  • K
    Jan. 23, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    Who is our own?

    Is there really an order to who gets a home?

    The children being adopted were already through process. Some are hear after completed part of the process that matched them with parents and did the initial classification of orphan. Do you know you get a picture early on in the process. Travel more than once, it is final to the point they take your name but it still can take years to actually get them home. The infrasturcture over there has never been good. Can you imagine having to leave once, twice a child over there for paperwork to continue to be processed and then learn an earthquake has occurred, seen the rioting and not want that child safe at home with you, if it's even possible to want them home more than before.

    As to why kids aren't all adopted in the US is the same as why kids not already in process even if they come here for a time won't be adopted. They have to make sure they are unattached to family. The US takes years for parental rights to be terminated. Only 1% of never married women place.

  • BUT
    Jan. 23, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    For some, it is better for the child to live in these conditions in present-day haiti, than (heaven forbid) they live with a loving LDS family. Sometimes the world is wacked out when it comes to who is a christian and who is not. Dident Jesus say to bring Him the little children?

    Bring the children. They need a warm bed to sleep in and a loving parent to tuck them in and keep them safe. (PS, I have adopted 7 kids so far - but none from Haiti - yet).

  • Are we taking care of our own?
    Jan. 23, 2010 10:56 p.m.

    What about all the kids that are looking for families? I don't understand the adoption world, but there are the profiles of older kids so wanting a family. We need to not forget and neglect them either.

  • Not everybody is a Mormon
    Jan. 23, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    Point is They need a Home food and a Family to give them the best of Care)

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 23, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    Flew out of Florida this morning and two Haitian orphans came trough the line, all the check in people were cheering when they came through, they must have know they were coming. It was really touching when every body in line started applauding. Hopefully we all can do our part to help.

  • curbmam
    Jan. 23, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    My sister in law is Mormon and she just brought two home Christmas morning. Foyer De Sion is operated by a Mormon by the name of Mardy Guesno. I know there are several more. Don't give up!

  • penelope
    Jan. 23, 2010 7:27 p.m.

    to Utah - It is my understanding that the orphanages in Haiti are privately run, many through different religious groups. There are certain orphanages and agencies that refuse to let the children in their orphanages be adopted by Mormons because of their belief that Mormon's are not Christians. There are many other groups and adoption agencies that are not prejudice and many LDS families that have adopted children from Haiti

  • Brett Wilson
    Jan. 23, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    Great job to all involved for helping in anyway they can. Props to my brother and Sister In Law Brian/Tonya Wilson. Wish I could help, but money will have to do for me. Tough, Tough, situation for sure. Can't imagine actually being there.

  • Utah
    Jan. 23, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    Can anyone tell me why I was told "Haiti does not adopt to Mormons?" They also have a "policy" that they will not adopt to families with more than 3 children.

  • Adopted into a safe,Enviroment
    Jan. 23, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    Those children are in need of some family who are so trust worthy and willing to help these children.

    For much love shelther medical attention as They have been thru so much hurtful pain and loss!

  • K
    Jan. 23, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    This is wonderful that those who have been waiting to get pesmission to bring their children home after starting the adoption process, sometimes years ago are finally seeing their children.

    We need to relocate more people including orphans. Attacks against orphanages in recent days and the sheer size of uneffected area where the earthquake has done damage means we need to evacuate many out of Haiti. We shouldn't rush to adopt due to a crisis but surely we need to care for these kids. It's just not safe there. Already kids are turning up missing from hospitals. This is not a government flying kids to safe place temporarily but human trafficking.

    More security is needed.