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Arrival Of Haiti Orphans Focuses Attention On American Children Waiting For Adoption

January 29, 2010 by  

Arrival of Haiti orphans focuses attention on American children waiting for adoptionAs the government flew some 50 orphans who survived the earthquake in Haiti to Pennsylvania for adoption, a state agency says there are thousands of American children waiting to find a family.

Acting Secretary of Public Welfare Harriet Dichter said that 3,000 Pennsylvania children are waiting for adoption and more than 20,000 live in foster care.

"While the plight of the Haitian orphans has attracted much attention, it is important to recognize the many other children for whom we are always working to find a supportive family and safe home environment," the secretary stated.

In addition to bringing orphaned children from the disaster-ravaged nation, the government has also relaxed immigration policies for Haiti nationals by announcing it would halt deportations of illegal immigrants.

Haitians who are in the U.S. illegally can now apply for "temporary protected status," which will allow them to stay and work in the country for the next 18 months.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said this will provide an indirect form of economic aid to Haiti through remittances sent home by immigrants working in the U.S.
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  • Pat Case

    I totally agreee with Barb!!! We have many children here in the US that needs help and adoption but we take in these Haitians to be put up for adoption. They do need to be with their own. There are thousands of US citizens without jobs, food, shelter and clothing due to this economy. Napolitano needs to GO!!!!! SHe has made some decisions that are not beneficial to our country.

    • Tim McGath

      I for one have seen first hand the Greedy Preacher of the Assembly of God Church, collecting large rental fee’s from the State of Minnesota for me when I lived up the hill in an apartment, with no idea they were even making the money. Saw them take in and try to keep a Native American when they learned he had a large trust from brain injury suffered falling out of semi-truck, at the same time deducting 15% of our pay pre check handout to assist their Half Way House. The great hockey player at the local school came from a wealthy family who I’m sure paid an exorbidant fee. All the while townspeople and churchpeople being hit up for snowmobile and other cash offerings. We all split town in different directions right at the time the Preacher of the Church purchased a new Cadillac to keep up with the Metro Ministers of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The Board of the Church kicked him out of the Parsonage, lost the Restaurant first as both us cooks split first, lost the Half-Way House and nobody to donate, nobody to rip off, nobody in town would hire him if they had an opening, and the Church Board did not let him leave the Church Property with the New Cadillac. We people they showed as shining success stories all saw through them first and split the entire town by hitchhiking, joining Carnival in town, calling for rides, etc. The things I witnessed. Phony laying on hands, set up by Preacher who had no more Power of God Coursing through his hands than I did in the Gospels I sang to myself hitchiking along…and I’m an Evolutionist as Science has long ago proven it’s case to me. I have respect for people’s Religions and believe they serve a wonderful purpose. Just telling you to be careful when the Preacher’s askind for extra money. He may have a mental illness with a 5 to 10 year goal of becoming the Greatest Television Evangelical Preacher Spreading the Good Word. Those people need Psychiatric help to bring them back to earth and softly retired by the Church to protect the Parisoners. God Bless America and President Obama be shown guidance from his higher power. Religion is also a POPULAR Place for Child Molesters to hide and use authority and religion to molest children. Be frank and let your children know it’s wrong and show them they’re always welcome to tell you questionable or scary events with Authoritative Positions in Church. The Devil Touches and Teaches Pediophiles to hide inside churches. Lutheran Ministers are married yet molest often, Catholic Church Bishops refusing to testify against one of their own priests are rewarded with a call from the Vatican and directly thanked and congratulated as we found out in last weeks news. Criminal Proscution must be brought against the offender, and when he is released he signs in at local law enforcement as a Sex Offender so the Police or Sherrif can hold a Town Meeting to inform all citizens of your town. Knowledge is power, citizens know to protect their children and know to report Offender to Law if seen talking to any children. If seen entering a Liquor Establishment, contact the law. We are the first layer between our children and the bad people. We as adults need to stay as a better informed community.

  • Jim

    I couldn’t agreed more, while I am sorry for their problems and believe that we should help out. Hussein has sent 100 million dollars of our taxpayer’s money there already,plus all of the aid that we have been pouring into that country for years,when is enough a enough?
    These politicians continue to steal our Social Security,using the moneies for things never intended and giving it to “LAW BREAKERS “.
    I DON”T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER THE “TRUE AMERICANS” ARE GOING TO PUT UP WITH THIS???

  • Rebecca

    I am not opposed to helping Haiti or any other country that may be in need…TO A POINT. My only problem with that is who else is helping out? If and when England, France, Spain, Australia or any other country does help out it is never to the degree that the good old U.S.A. gives. Yet, when Americans need help where are these other countries that we have given to in the past?

    In 1998 my community suffered devistation from an F5 tornado. Many lives were lost and many more were rendered homeless. Who came to help out? Surrounding communities and a few neighboring states. Not one person from another country no matter how wealthy helped out and certainly not a foreign government rendered aid.

    • Meteorlady

      First, I’m sorry that you had to go through a tornado of that magnitude. You are a community of strong people that know how to work and help themselves, unlike New Orleans where they cry and moan for government help because most are dependent on the government. I bet no Hollywood stars showed up, no Jesse or Al either, no media coverage of the devastation on a national level and certainly no coverage of the damage a week or month or year later like New Orleans.

      • http://Don'thaveone Sally

        Your right – only difference was color!!!!

  • Proud German

    The media needs to get off the “be like Madonna” mentality and end all their reports about Haitian adoptions by stating something to the effect of, “Remember there are also children in the United States waiting for loving families”

    However that probably would not fit into the liberal game plan.

  • Barb

    I agree. We have so many children waiting to be adopted here in America. And we have so many jobless, homeless, poor people who can’t even afford to eat and are losing their homes. I don’t begrudge helping Haiti get back on their feet, but let’s not support them permantly. They are getting free health care, but there are people in America who can’t get health care. Why is it such a social thing to adopt a black kid? They should be raised in their own country with their own people. These people will rebuild in time just like the other countries who have had disasters. Even in America we have had disasters and we came back. America will bring immigrants to America to take up jobs, housing, food, and Social security benefits while they are cutting benefits for the thousands who have paid into it all their lives.

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    America, be careful! I mean that America needs to be careful “not” to set up and/or feed and/or maintain a desire of a Welfare state! I fear that the Haitian philosophy is extremely contrary to fixing anything that would or could help their own best well-being! Tragic, but true!

  • Tricia

    I am all for assisting Haiti in some form & have made donations myself, but this should not be America’s top priority nor should we send millions or billions of $$$$ to assist when our country is struggling itself with economic issues & as stated above, we have children waiting to be adopted, homeless people, & many other situations that need addressing here at home. As a Christian, I believe we should “help” others, but “help” does not mean we totally support others, here in America or abroad. However, as for Barbs comment on “Why is it such a social thing to adopt a black kid?”….Please know that not all adoptions of this kind are of a “social thing.” I am a caucasian who adopted a black daughter – not because it was a “social thing,” but because the birth mother who was a family member had a half black child as part of a drug deal & the child was not wanted by the birth parents after she was born. And, I know black couples who have adopted white children – definitely not as common, but does happen. For me (& a lot of other people), I see them as children, not as what race they are. I have raised several “white” nieces & nephews in my home & now my current “black” daughter – for me & many others, it’s just all about the kids! There are many reasons why people adopt children of a different race than theirs, and my situation is just one story & I am sure many of those stories are not because it’s a “social thing.”

  • Lalitashaki

    We have so many homeless and unemployed already and they keep pretending that they are going to the MOON and to Mars and it has never happened,THey use the money for their own selfish endeavers they have NEVER gone to the MOON, it is farther away than the Sun WAKE up PEOPLE the government is NOT for the people they are only for them selves. keep them over their where they belong, why keep bailing out all these big corporations so they can take expensive vacations, this government is NOT for the PEOPLE they are money hungry LIERS, someone needs to expose them for what they are, always keeping the people in anxiety so they never know if they are coming or going, it is the governments fault all this is happening. THEY WORK FOR US< not we work for them, get rid of these officials that keep buttering their own bread, and stockpiling money for themselves, lets help our own people for a change.

  • http://none Ken Sabic

    The island of Haiti is only 1/2 occupied by Haiti. The other half is The Dominican Republic. Why is there no mention of a disaster in the Republic? Why is there such poverty in Haiti and much less in the Republic? Why is the Obama administration going to pump more tax payer money into this rat hole called Haiti? The haitian people will, once again, realize little of this money! Why is the Obama administration bringing haitian orphans into this country? Do not the American orphans have the same importance? The answer to the Haitian problem lies with appointing a responsible American governor to set a course for complete recovery.

  • Meteorlady

    It must be the new “yuppie” or social thing to do – adopt a child of another ethnic background. We have given Haiti money for years and they remain one of the world’s most corrupt governments. We need to do what AA suggests, DO NO ENABLE their government with money. We need to send aid in the form of charity workers, food, water, medical supplies and shelters, not money to the government. I makes me mad that they can come here illegally, breaking our laws, and then get a pardon for 18 months. When 18 months is up they will appeal to stay and then get more time until they disappear into society. We need our jobs right now and all illegals need to be gone out of this country so that we can take back America.

  • Meteorlady

    Hey – they advertise the Dominican Republic as a tourist destination. The last thing they want is new media showing any damages there. Plus, their government is not as corrupt as Haiti is.

  • DAVE PHILLIPS in Parowan, UT

    Dr. WALTER WILLIAMS, Professor of Economics @ George Mason University (Northern VA) has a relevant syndicated column in which the Haitian government difficulties are described as “self-inflicted”! Synopsis of Professor Williams’ view: The corruption-ridden status quo, long standing for far too long discourages private sector – even foreign investments – leaving that country ‘a basket case’, beholden to U. N. “Blue Helmets” acting as long-term ‘peace-keepers’ (sic.)!

  • http://minnesota MarieElise

    you are sure right . millions of our dollars won’t do any good to those people until they learn how to behave ,get a job and quit raping women and young girls .the voodoo thing is helping also with their bad way of life .

  • Tracy Carman

    The main reason childless couples adopt foreign born children here in the U.S.A., is because of the seemingly “endless legal requirements” that make it so difficult, and entails such a long drawn out period of time, not to even consider the added expenses of all the investigative and legal representation involved. Our government finds it much more convenient, and profitable, just to murder the unwanted children via abortion, than to spare them through relaxing our adoption laws. So couples desiring to adopt a child within their own lifetime, find it much more likely to happen through foreign standards of adoption, than our standards here at home. As for helping our own needy here at home first, well that would be the Christian thing to do! So we definitely could not do that, you know; the frivolous “separation of Church and State?” 1 Timothy 5:8.

  • CLAUDE T. JACQUET

    PEOPLE ARE TALKING,TALKING AND TALKING,BUT NOBODY SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THE HAITIANS WHO WENT TO SAVANA GEORGIA,GAVE UP THEIR LIVES HELPING AMERICANS GETTING THEIR INDEPENDENCE,I THINK WE DESERVE THE HELP,BUT THE HAITIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD’NT GET A PENNY OUT OF IT AND I DON’T THINK 50 HAITIAN CHILDREN ARE GOING TO HURT.

  • Bob W.

    I feel bad for the orphans but we need to take care of our own first . It`s not our fault that Haiti sold there souls to the devil back in the late 1700`s . And continue to follow Vodoo instead of turning to Jesus . What happened there is the result of God`s wrath upon a disobedient people . Plain and simple .

  • MOMSRIGHT

    What happened in Haiti is not Gods wrath as you might suppose, but it is Gods grace! What more effective way to bring a disobediant people to their knees in repentance then absolute devastation and vulnerablity! What a wonderful opportunity we American christians have to minister the light of Gods love! I have seen Haitians on video giving glory to Jesus and praising America as “Angels” sent by God! Haitians didn’t vote in their corrupt government and not all Haitians are rapist and murders! Just like not all Americans voted in this current corrupt government under Obama! Surely America has room in its collective hearts for 50 orphans? I am disturbed by the hostile tone of this conversation! We all have so much to be thankful for! Even the poorest in America has the hope that he/she can change their condition with hard work and ingenuity! About Social Security, if you are relying on that for your retirement then you have bought into the socialist system! Social security is just another form of Socialist control! Make your own plan for retirement! By the way, many have said that they feel bad for the orphans but we need to take care of ours first! People! This is not an either this or that problem! That is how leftist think! They have the pie mentality that says there is only so much to go around so I must carefully guard my own piece! The reality is that freedom loving people bake their own pies leaving plenty for all! Surely we can take care of our own orphans plus fit in another 50 from Haiti? Politics and religion aside Haitians are human beings that are in dire need! America has always been first in giving! That is one of the things that has made this country great! We are a free people! That is why we must reach out to Haiti! If that were you burried under the rubble for days and an American crew pulled you out what would you think? We show compassion because we can and because that is what Jesus would do!

  • Proud German

    While you raise a lot of good points, haven’t we already given enough to the people of Haiti?

    President Clinton during his term was a strong advocate for helping Haiti, yet where has all the taxpayer money that has been funneled to Haiti gone?

    Look at photos of Haiti before the earthquake, the tents they are living in now are palaces by comparison to the cardboard and tin shacks they were living in prior to the earthquake. Six months from now after all the liberals have moved on to another cause of the day the Haitians will once again be living in the same cardboard and tin shacks they resided in prior to the earthquake.

    And what about the persons that got on the “lets adopt a poor Haitian bandwagon” how will they feel about that Haitian child six months from now, a year from now, six years from now? Will they tire of “playing” with their new “toy”

    At least adopting children in this nation sufficient checks are made to help ensure the new parents do not want to simply make a “fashion statement”

  • http://Don'thaveone Sally

    Barb, I do agree but that is not the socialistic way – punish all Americans. A very high up lade here in Florida (she was VP of Human Resourses at a large corporation) couldn’t have children. Her husband was no slouch either, he was a famous chef. She applied and applied to adopt a child, finally she paid $10,000.00 and got a Chineese baby (you guessed it) girl. Shortly thereafter, they moved back to France (her husband was French) They didnt care if the child was black with yellow polka dots (her husband was black). Haitii is a country that has always been raped by their own politicians, remember Papa Doc? They worship voodoo and are really backward – that is the reason the country is backward. Right next door on the same island of Hispanola, is the Dominican Republic which is in comparison a thriving community Ask youself why, and then you will have the never ending anwer and will know where we are headed

  • BOE

    So why is it so hard to adopt a child here in this country if there are so many. I would love to adopt a healthy white 2-4yr old. Now ..before everyone jumps on the “healthy white” part let me tell you why. I think disabled/needy children are very special and are a gift. And they require very special parents. I do not consider myself to be anything special. I just know I could be a good and loving parent to a child.

  • http://Don'thaveone Sally

    I want to repeat here what I just received in my emails this morning so that you folks can see what is really going on in Haiti – also wanted Bob to know this (I hope noone shuts you down Bob)PS to all you good folks, my husband and I have known Gerald since he was a teeny booper in High School.
    Sent: Sat, Jan 30, 2010 6:46 am
    Subject: The reality in HAITI – Unfortunately, it’s all about $$ + Politics

    To All,
    This is from one of my oldest and dearest Army buddies. BG Mike Seely (U.S. Army – Ret.) forwarded this from a friend that just returned from Haiti.
    FYI.
    Ron

    From a friend.

    Mike

    Date: Monday, January 25, 2010, 5:47 AM

    News back from Nic Brockhausen. He and Dennis Hebler made it back somewhat safe and sound.
    To All,

    I just returned from Haiti with Hebler. We flew in at 3 AM Sunday to the scene of such incredible destruction on one side, and enormous ineptitude and criminal neglect on the other.

    Port o Prince is in ruins. The rest of the country is fairly intact.Our team was a rescue team and we carried special equipment that locates people buried under the rubble. There are easily 200,000 dead; the city smells like a charnal house. The bloody UN was there for 5 years doing apparently nothing but wasting US Taxpayers money. The ones I ran into were either incompeyent or outright anti american. Most are French or french speakers, worthless every damn one of them. While 1800 rescuers were ready willing and able to leave the airport and go do our jobs, the UN and USAID ( another organization full of little OBamites and communisrts that openly speak against America) These two organizations exemplared their parochialism by:

    USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water flights stacked up all the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.

    Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and his wife could have the grand tour, whilst we sat unable to get to people trapped in the rubble.

    Stacked enough food and water for the relief over at the side of the airfield then put a guard on it while we dehydrated and wouldn’t release a drop of it to the resuers.

    No shower facilities to decontaminate after digging or moving corpses all day, except for the FEMA teams who brought their own shower and decon equipment, as well as air conditioned tents.

    No latrine facilities, less digging a hole, if you set up a shitter everyone was trying to use it.

    I watched a 25 year old Obamite with the USAID shrieking hysterically; berate a full bird colonel in the Air Force, because he countermanded her orders, whilst trying to unscrew the air pattern. “You dont know what your president wants! The military isn’t in charge here we are!”

    If any of you are thinking of giving money to the Haitian relief, or to the UN don’t waste your money. It will only go to further the goals of the French and the Liberal left.

    If we are a fair and even society, why is it that only white couples are adopting Haitian orphans? Where the hell is that vocal minority that is always screaming about the injustice of American society?

    Bad place, bad situation, but a perfect look at the new world order in action. New Orleans magnified a thousand times. Haiti doesn’t need democracy, what Haiti needs is Papa Doc. Thats not just my opinion, that is what virtually every Haitian we talked with said. The French run UN treat us the same as when we were a colony, at least Papa Doc ran the country.

    Oh, and as a last slap in the face the last four of us had to take US AIRWAYs home from Phoenix. They slapped me with a 590 dollar baggage charge for the four of us. The girl at the counter was almost in tears because she couldn’t give us a discount or she would lose her job. Pass that on to the flying public.

    Nick

    Mr. Gerard R. Draughon
    Retired U.S. Customs – D.H.S

    “IN GOD WE TRUST”

  • Dragonlive64

    It’s not America that will allow them into ‘our’ country, it is a government out of touch that needs to be replaced that will allow them into ‘our’ country, I knew this would happen as soon as I heard about what the earthquake!! Just what we need, more un-educated, non-English speaking, unproductive immigrants to fill ‘our’ nation!!

  • http://royaltoypoodle.com Maxine Albritton

    Good for you! someone finally hit the nail on the head. A lot of Americans would rather adopt here but it is difficult to get babies and children from America. Where my daughter lives the agency in charge would rather give them back to the worst environment than let them be adopted even if a good home is waiting. Also there is the termination of parental rights. It is one thing to say “I don’t want this Kid” It is another to sign on the line that says you are over with as a parent for good. So available children are not always placed in the best interest of the child. Sometimes they are but it is the agencies goal to get them back into the home even if it is a dismal failure. Also there have been adoption cases where parents have won them back. Most USA parents say they don’t want the risk of that. The Haitians are here, it apprears that there are enough of them and they are available. So if you want a child go for it.

  • mary ann amato

    Tracy,

    You are refreshing, saying things that are so true, especially about the adoption/abortion arenas. Keep it up, Mary Ann

  • http://PersonLibertyDigest Dee

    I know we need to help the Haitians, but this just puts more people in this country to take jobs away from Americans.

  • http://PersonLibertyDigest Dee

    I know we need to help the Haitians. They will bring them up here and they will never go back. In this economy, it’s just more people to take jobs away from the unemployed Americans.

  • eddie47d

    What a hateful website! The majority of Haitians are Catholics not voodo worshipers. The issue is about a natural disaster not political wrangling and trying to score points. The children brought to Philadelphia were legally adopted 2-3yrs.ago,and it really should’t be any bodies business who’s black and who adopted them. Adoption in America can cost $20-40,000 and that’s a heavy burden on any family.There should be happiness and joy that these precious children made it out safe. If more American children could be adopted then that would require subsidies (taxes),and I think I know how you feel about that.

  • libertytrain

    eddie47d – while it may have changed with the earthquake and I don’t know that – the adoptions fees listed online for adopting kids from Haiti seems to be close to the $20,000 mark — I don’t think everyone is hateful – sorry you do – some express opinions that not everyone agrees with -

  • http://lauralu laura green

    i don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to adopt a healthy white child and poo on those who say there is. i respect people who adopt any and all children. i respect people who make an informed decision about what they personally can handle in their lives. GOD Bless you in your endeavors.

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