Posted by: kscott08 | January 19, 2010

Everyone Needs to Contact Members of Congress

**since posting this the Joint Council on International Childrens Services has asked us to hold off on these letters as they are determining the next steps to take.

Hi Everyone!

Here’s something that ANYONE can do to help with process of getting orphans out of Haiti. There is a form letter below that you can send to your congressman/woman and or senators. Find out who you need to send that letter to by selecting your state from this website: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Thanks for your help!

Kristin

Hello, my name is…
I am in the process of adopting a child from Haiti…

OR

My …

I know that many Members of Congress continue to support efforts on behalf of Haiti’s orphaned children. I extend my thanks to the Congressman/Senator.
I am calling because…
We need your help to get our adoptive child out of Haiti safely.
Water, food and medicine are running out.
Gangs have looted some of the orphanages and even travel is not safe for the children.
The Department of Homeland security has granted humanitarian parole, but it is only the first step.
The devastation from the earthquake is vast and our child’s safety – and even life – is at risk.
Joint Council on International Children’s Services, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and a team of congressional offices and relief organizations are working to coordinate a staging and housing center to provide:
Physical safety
Medicine
Food
Water
A Staging Center for USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to process humanitarian parole
The groups working to launch the staging and housing center already have most of what the children need.
But they do not have
Water
Security to protect the children and supplies from gangs
Transportation to bring the children into this safe haven

We are asking that (name of Member of Congress) personally call:
Secretary of State Clinton, and
Dr. Shah, Administrator Designate at USAID
And specifically request that they authorize security forces be sent to the offered staging center and assist in the extraction and transport of these children from their orphanages to the staging center. All other pieces of a successful operation of this staging center are currently in place, but all hinge on this authorization of security and transport.

If this security does not reach the site within 24 hours, children being adopted and many other children will continue to suffer and may in fact not live long enough to be united with my family and the other 300 U.S. families.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

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