I’m feeling angry and frustrated and emotional right now. I’m catching up on news etc and have had emails and press releases sent to me. It looks like the Haitian government has ground things to a halt in the adoption department because they want to review each and every case before signing off.
I’m angry because they are lumping apples with oranges. Kids that have already been designated an adoptive family and who were in the system already are NOT the same as newly orphaned kids who lost parents in the quake. I’m not just angry because of our case in particular, but for all those families who are now sitting in limbo after watching so many go home. How long does this really need to take?
Also learning some things about rebuilding plans and it makes both Chris and I upset. It sounds like more of the same, rather than moving Haiti forward. There are too many people being too nice and trying to give the Haitian government “just one more chance”. How many chances are necessary before someone steps in and says that you really aren’t capable of doing it on your own. Chris was talking to a local man, not someone in the government who would tell anyone otherwise, about the idea of Haiti becoming a protectorate. This guy is in his 80’s. He said, “If that happened in my lifetime I could die knowing Haiti was going to be okay.” That’s the voice of the average person. They want to feed their families. They want work. They want their kids to go to school. They want better health through good sanitation etc. They don’t want to see the leaders of their country planning new vacation homes and not doing anything for them. There, I said it.
As far as the adoption thing goes, For His Glory orphanage is asking for adoptive families, relatives, friends, anyone that cares about adoption of Haiti’s kids to band together tomorrow, January 28th, for a day of fasting and prayer for the adoption process in Haiti.
Please pray that a sensible choice, one that benefits the kids, will be found. That the process will not be long and arduous for families that have already been in the system for so long. That those new children being taken in by orphanages will be verified as orphans and matched with families quickly or granted humanitarian parole.
I don’t have any more words right now. My heart is heavy and hurting.