Update: The CO children arrived safely to the Denver airport on Sunday to very relieved parents!
Great news! All paperwork was completed the end of last week for 82 children from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu (Children of the House of God) orphanage. The children were boarded onto a plane headed for Florida yesterday in two groups. A portion of the children in the first group have parents waiting for them in CO and so they were escorted by medical staff from the Denver Children's Hospital onto Denver. Good for the Children's Hospital to step up and assist! We have received very good care for both of our adopted children from the Denver Children's Hospital outpatient surgery center and International Adoption Clinic so I know that these kids were in great hands. I am so excited for these children and families. One of the reasons that we switched away from the Haiti adoption program was that several years ago they were having a very hard time getting the kids home to the US. I was just to emotionally vulnerable at the time to take the risk. So it is truly a miracle that in the middle of such a tragedy that these children were able to so quickly be placed with their adoptive families, some of them just referred. Here is the actual Press Release:
Orphans Bound for U.S. in Two Groups
Eighty-two orphans will depart Haiti on Saturday (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) All paperwork has been completed for 82 children from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu (Children of the House of God) orphanage and they have clearance to travel to the United States. These 82 children are scheduled to depart Port-au-Prince airport on Saturday, January 23, 2010, at around 11:00 a.m. on an aircraft bound for Florida. Those children with Colorado adoptive parents in this first group, will continue on to Colorado, accompanied by a medical team from the Colorado Children's Hospital. Orphanage staff and representatives of the U.S. ministry, For His Glory Adoption Outreach (FHG) will continue to work with U.S. Embassy officials for humanitarian parole and travel clearance for the remaining eligible children. FHG hopes that these children will receive their clearance sometime on Saturday, January 23, 2010, with a departure date and time still to be determined. Kim Harmon, President of FHG, wanted to express her gratitude to the staff of the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince for their tireless efforts in processing the paperwork for all the children. Kim reminded adoptive parents and supporters to "continue in steadfast prayer for the children who are traveling tomorrow and for those who remain in Haiti." FHG is a ministry to the people and children of Haiti. Our ministry is dedicated to fundraising and assisting the orphanage, Maison des Enfants de Dieu, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. For previous press releases and updates visit http://www.forhisgloryoutreach.org/.