Haitian Orphans as Refugees to the U.S.

The U.S. government is giving serious consideration to allowing a large number of Haitian orphans to enter the U.S.—essentially as refugees under special humanitarian provisions.  Whether these children could enter permanent families through adoption in the short term is unclear.  However, it appears likely that the primary entry point for them to the U.S. would be South Florida.  Alliance member organization 4KIDS of South Florida has been contacted by Florida’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) with questions about 4KIDS’ capacity to aid with both direct care and connections to additional care options nationwide.  4KIDS informed DCF that they stood ready not only with their own network of churches in South Florida, but also to activate a vast network of churches committed to caring for orphans nationwide through the Alliance.  If the Federal and state governments decide to move forward with this plan, we’ll be asking you to join this work in every way possible.