Probably one of the most frustrating countries to adopt from right now is Haiti. Due to their ridiculously narrow adoption laws and archaic systems, many prospective adoptive parents are quickly discouraged from even attempting to adopt from Haiti. The sad result? Haiti's orphans wait endlessly for families, often "aging out" at 16 to face an uncertain life on the streets.
Dr. Leininger, who works with Haiti Children's Rescue Mission, is desperately seeking families for many of the older kids at the HCRM (Haiti Children's Rescue Mission) orphanage in Petionville, Haiti. He is asking for prayers for each of the following children to have a forever family commit to their adoption BEFORE their 16th birthdays.
The following is written by Dr. Leininger and is a repost from this site.
On January 12, 2010, Haiti suffered the worst natural disaster in modern times, leaving tens of thousands of orphaned children to add to an already large number of children in orphanages. By Haitian law, these children must be sent away from the orphanage by their 16th birthday to most likely live in extreme poverty on the streets.
Haiti Children’s Rescue Mission (HCRM) has three times the number of orphans as they did before the earth quake and a number of them are coming close to their 16th birthday. A child must have their dossiers in Haiti’s Adoption Services (IBESR) by their 16th birthday to be adopted. This process generally takes 6 months. The first five children listed are getting close to their sixteenth birthday, which will mean that they will no longer be able to be adopted and will have to be sent away. Please prayerfully consider if the Lord is leading you to adopt one of these orphans.
An adoption costs $9,000 plus travel and other miscellaneous expenses. If you adopt a child, you will receive a tax refund, not a tax credit, of $13,170.00 for 2010, therefore your adoption generally will be free. Please help save these children from a life of poverty and abuse. Visit the web site at www.ourchildreninhaiti.com or contact me directly at 210-325-5030 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your love and concern for these “poorest of the poor” children. -- Dr. John Leininger, friend of HCRM.
Diana Desgranges (July 14, 1995)
Diana came to HCRM after the earthquake. I can tell you that she has proven to be one of the sweetest and hardest workers at the orphanage. She works and plays with the younger children and helps with housekeeping chores around HCRM. I pray that she is given a chance at life other than what awaits her when she “ages out”, but time is very short for her.
Clifford Maurice (July 28, 1995)
Clifford is a smart young man whose life has been very hard. He likes to please people and loves the Lord. He survived the earthquake, but many of his family did not and they could no longer feed him. He wants to be given a chance to show how hard he will work to become a faithful, godly young man. He desires to be in a warm, loving family.
Rose-Missie Vital (Sept. 29, 1995)
Rose-Missie is a beautiful young girl from Les Cayes, Haiti. Her mother abandoned her when she was eight months old and her father died in May 2009. Her grandmother took her in but soon fell ill and was unable to continue to provide for her. She came to HCRM in Jan. 2010 hoping to find a loving family that would help her fulfill her dreams of becoming a doctor. She enjoys reading her bible when she is not busy helping the smaller children at HCRM. She describes her ideal parents as a kind couple who love the Lord like she does.
Eliane Raphael (Oct 19, 1995)
Eliane is a 15 year-old girl who came to HCRM in 2004 at the age of 9 with her sister Mazela. Her parents found themselves unable to provide for the two girls. They placed them in the orphanage at that time. She’s a hard worker who helps to clean the orphanage and enjoys playing with dolls. She would like to become a doctor and helps with any sick children in the orphanage. Her favorite color is pink and her favorite food is pancakes. She hopes to be adopted by a Christian family.
Milange Belizaire (Feb. 20, 1996)
Milange is a 15 year-old girl who came to HCRM in 2004 with her sister Midrene (see below). Their father died when they were 9 years old and Milange and Midrene became homeless. She believes that her mother is still living, but she has not seen her since that time. She has two sisters who have already been adopted but she does not know where they are and is not in contact with them. Milange loves to sing. She dreams of being a doctor or nurse one day so she can help people. She is looking for a Christian family. She is a faithful friend and liked by the other children at the orphanage. She likes to cook and is helpful with chores.
Sylvan “LaLan” Blaise (Oct. 20, 1996)
LaLan is a shy and beautiful 14 year old girl who has an internal sense of productivity. She makes sure all of her chores in the kitchen are done each morning before playing any games. Her dream is to one day be a dancer and get dance lessons when she comes to her new family. Even though she doesn't like being the spotlight she still wants to be brave and one day dance on stage. She is a sweetheart and is loved by many at the orphanage. She loves the Lord and shares Christ’s love by showing kindness to all she meets..
Jean Fortune (June 2, 1997)
Jean is a 13 year-old boy who was brought to HCRM when he was about 3 years old. He was extremely malnourished to the point that he could not walk. He has some mental challenges but is healthy otherwise. He responds when spoken to, but never initiates conversation. This special needs child is the nicest boy one could hope to meet. He likes to sing and works hard at the orphanage. He enjoys giving and receiving lots of hugs. He needs a warm, caring family.
Mazela Raphael (Jan. 6, 1998)
Mazela came to HCRM in 2004 with her sister Eliane (see above). Mazela says she loves to dance (ballet). She desires to become a doctor so she can help people the way she has been helped by HCRM. Her favorite foods are pizza and hamburgers and she likes to drink juice. She enjoys cooking, which has been a blessing to the orphanage. Mazela has a beautiful smile and any family would be privileged to love such a sweet girl.
Pascale Dimanche (March 13, 1998)
Pascale is a 13 year-old girl who came to HCRM in 2003, as her mother lives in extreme poverty. She says that she prefers being at HCRM because she “gets enough food and can go to school”. She is very smart and speaks English quite well. She is very outgoing and is a leader at the orphanage. With her leadership abilities, it will be exciting to see what this bright young lady will accomplish when she becomes adopted.
Midrene Belizaire (March 12, 2000)
Midrene is 11 years old and came to HCRM with her sister Milange (see above). She is a “girly girl” who loves to look good and exemplify everything it means to be feminine. She has tons of energy and is one of the friendliest at HCRM. She loves creating new hair styles for her friends and experimenting in the kitchen. She truly cares about people and her personal ambition is to one day be a nurse. As for now her big concern is finding something pink to wear when she meets her new family. This bubbly personality with her easy smile will lighten up everyone she meets.
Jean-Cadet Petit-Frere (Jan. 10, 2001)
Jean-Cadet is a 10 year-old boy who came to HCRM in 2008 when his father became sick, lost his job and felt that he would die. His mother had already passed away. His father is still living but is unable to provide for him. Jean-Cadet is known for working very hard and he loves to play soccer and basketball. He has a very playful side and has a great sense of humor. He hopes for a Christian family that is loving and kind and thinks it would be great if they were interested in mission work and helping others.