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Haiti Earthquake Turns Spotlight on Orphan Need

Just as personal tragedy can wake us to long-ignored issues in our own lives, global tragedy can rouse awareness to problems and struggles that have long been ignored by the world.  The needs of orphans are nothing new in Haiti.  Estimates prior to the earthquake put the number of orphans at 380,000.  This number is […]


Haitian Adoptions and Humanitarian Parole

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced the provision of “humanitarian parole” for certain Haitian orphans.  The policy allows “orphaned children from Haiti to enter the United States temporarily on an individual basis to ensure that they receive the care they need.”   At this point, humanitarian parole is not being offered to orphans generally, […]


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 […]


Haiti Orphan Response and Immediate Supply Chain Needs

Response following a major disaster goes through several stages.  The first 24-72 hours are vital for rescuing individuals buried in rubble and delivering triaged medical aid to the wounded.  Delivery of basic necessities, particularly emergency food and water rations, are also vital to sustain survivors.  Even as this stage continues, other serious needs come to […]


New Estimates for Global Orphan Numbers

Our friend Dr. Susan Hillis of the CDC is one of the world’s top researchers on the relationship between HIV/AIDS and a host of issues facing orphans.  (Incidentally, she’ll be presenting at Summit VI on this topic in April.)  Yesterday, Dr. Hillis shared with us the just-released U.S. government assessment on orphans and vulnerability children, […]


Art and the Orphan Movement

Art moves us all.  It’s certainly fine that many Christians gravitate towards words as their primary way to express what God puts on their heart.  Admittedly, that’s true of me.  My singing rarely garners anything but annoyed glances from the people in the pews in front of me, and my drawing skills haven’t progressed since […]