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Port-au-Prince, Haiti (MMD Newswire) January 26, 2010 –
Seventy-nine of the 106 children from Maison des Enfants de Dieu
(Children of the House of God) orphanage, who were granted
humanitarian parole, arrived in Florida on Saturday, January 23rd.
The Haitian Government has blocked the remaining 27 children,
including the adopted son of the For His Glory (FHG) Adoption
Outreach President, Kim Harmon, from departing Port-au-Prince. In
a surprise announcement, Haitian Prime Minister Bellerive stated
that all future cases of humanitarian parole would have to complete
an exit process with his office. He has not yet defined this exit
process so no action can be taken to bring the remaining children to
their adoptive parents in the United States.

The Maison des Enfants de Dieu orphanage staff announced that
they soon would be accepting 30 children orphaned since the
January 12th earthquake. Over the past week, the orphanage has
received numerous requests to take newly orphaned children. In
one instance alone, it was asked to accept 70 orphans. The
orphanage and FHG remain firmly committed to the children and the
people of Haiti. Pat Flowers, an FHG board member who has been
in Haiti this past week consulting with the orphanage staff, agreed,
”we must act responsibly in accepting new orphans to ensure that
we will have sufficient supplies and facilities to care for these
children.” Pat explained that not only is each child, who is united with
adoptive parents, helped, but much-needed space is opened up at
the orphanage to help other children. He added, “The need in
Port-au-Prince is great.”

Kim Harmon reiterated the need to quickly complete the departure
process of the remaining 27 children, who have been granted
humanitarian parole. She stated “These children have adoptive
families waiting to care for them in the United States. The faster we
resolve the departure issue, the quicker we will be able to reach out
to those unfortunate children in Port-au-Prince who now have no
one.” FHG urges adoptive parents, supporters and all those
concerned about the welfare of the orphans in Haiti to contact their
Congressmen, Senators, Governors and the White House to urge
the Secretary of State to quickly resolve this issue with Prime
Minister Bellerive.