Monday, November 29, 2010

Help Haiti Act

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Urgent Call for Action:  Let's Get the Help Haiti Act of 2010 Passed! 

The Help Haiti Act of 2010 (HR 5283) will give the Haitian children who came to the United States this year the same green card and citizenship path they would have had if they had come through the normal international adoption route.

  The House of Representatives needs to vote on the Senate Amendment to H.R. 5283 - Help HAITI Act of 2010 before the "lame duck" session of Congress ends. Everyone in the adoption community:

  please contact the Democratic House leadership and urge them to bring this bill to the House floor for a vote.

  Let's finish the job we started in January.

  There are approximately 1,200 children who need our help.

 The people to contact are:

 perry.appelbaum@mail.house.gov  (on behalf of Congressman John Conyers)John.Lawrence1@mail.house.gov  (on behalf of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi)terry.lierman@mail.house.gov (on behalf of Congressman Steny Hoyer)

 

Contact us at

adoptionpolicy.org with any questions.

 


Links...
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Center for Adoption PolicyChild Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Zoe!

video

(I made this a few months ago when Zoe was student of the week at school.)






Monday, May 3, 2010

Just thinking...

I'm not even sure why we have a blog ;) i don't know how anyone finds the time to keep one of these things up to date!



Jen

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Flight out...


I was asked to write a snippet about our evacuation, and since I haven't blogged yet I found it only fair to put it here as well. I have many stories to tell, hopefully I'll be able to unpack them into words for your benefit and mine.




On January 22nd, 2010 I boarded a USAF C-17 Globemaster with my two adopted sons and 14 of their adopted friends. It was the end of a traumatic week, and the beginning of our lives together. Before the earthquake we had been in the arduous process of adopting Sammy and Gino, navigating within the requirements of the US and Haitian governments to give these children a home and family they could call their own. Two years of paperwork, homestudies, interviews, physicals, fingerprints, background checks, and the like. We expected the adoption process to take another 8 months at least. Then an earthquake, in Haiti, in Port au Prince where our children lived. Panic, worry, fear. Immediately we booked a flight that soon would be cancelled along with all other commercial flights. I had to be there, trained as a Paramedic and a Firefighter I knew I could help, and I needed to know that my boys and our friends were okay. I was able to get a flight to Ft. Lauderdale, thanks to the local ABC affiliate and a donated flight from Southwest airlines, hopeful to join a chartered flight into PAP scheduled for Saturday morning with 2 of our missionary friends who were stateside separated from their ministry and families. Hillary Clinton’s visit bumped our flight until Sunday, so we spent Saturday gathering medical supplies and doctors to come with us (we had to charter a larger plane which was paid for by a supporter of the “Heartline Ministries” where the boys are from). We were able to take off from FLL to PAP with 2 doctors, an anesthesiologist, a nurse, two paramedics, a midwife, and over 2,000 pounds of supplies. The next week is a blur between going to the embassy to expedite the adoptions and helping at the makeshift clinic as they treated horrific wounds and infections. Finally on Friday, around 6pm, I had humanitarian parole visas for my two boys and 14 of their friends who also had American families in the adoption process before the earthquake. I called the orphanage and told them the news and within an hour they had the kids in a truck traveling to meet me at the embassy. In the meantime I was in contact with Lt Col Randon Draper of the USAF who was in charge of arranging evacuation flights on the airplanes returning to the US after bringing much needed supplies to Haiti. From the embassy we were put on a escorted bus to the airport, onto the tarmac next to the waiting C-17 where our passports and the children’s visas were checked and confirmed. The children’s eyes were wide as they took in the sights of huge airplanes everywhere. “AVION, AVION!!” they shouted over and over again. Soon Lt Col Draper greeted us and led us up the stairs into the cavernous cargo plane. Jump seats lined the walls with an extra row of seats down the middle. News crews, rescue crews, red cross personnel, military, and other evacuees made for a motley crew on this windowless flight. The captain opened the rear hatch to back the plane towards the runway, we all took a good look at what we were leaving behind before the door closed and we began our flight toward our new lives.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

ALL TOGETHER AT LAST!!

After 2 years of waiting, yesterday Sammy and Gino came home to be with us forever.I can't begin to explain how it feels to have them home!

I don't have time to write of all the funny and wonderful moments we have shared in the first 24 hours. BUT i did want to tell everyone who has stood by us,listened to my frustrations with the process, dried my tears of sadness, loved us, prayed for us, supported us, and now REJOICES with us!


THANK YOU!
WE LOVE YOU!!
WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITH YOU!!!
WE THANK GOD FOR YOU!!!

Jen

Friday, January 22, 2010

Another day of waiting...

Tim has spent the entire day yesterday and today at the Embassy. Things are looking good! So good that I need to go pack!!! They could be home today or tomorrow! Please continue to pray and we will let you know when he is on a plane!

oh and if you were wondering if Haiti still needs help, the answer is YES!!! if you doubt it just check out the photos on tim's FB page. Then go to www.haiti-relief.com and make a donation!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

We need a Miracle!

Well, Tim finally made it into Haiti this morning! He set up a clinic and then went to see the boys! They were exceedingly happy to see him! Tim borrowed a phone and made a quick call to me. I was able to tell the boys I love them and they returned the love with a "Halo, I wuv ew" This totally made my day and has lifted my spirits a great deal!

The plan (which seems to change every hour) for now is to head to the US Embassy in Haiti in the morning and present our case and request and emergency visa. I have no idea what the "real requirements" are for this type of visa. It seems there many who have heard "this or that" but i suppose tomorrow we will find out!

As for Heartline, they were able to fly in medical specialist and 3000 lbs of supplies today! This was vital to the on the ground operations. They have set up a "hospital" and will see many who are in desperate need of surgery tomorrow. You support has made this possible. This is just one of the many aspects of their relief efforts. Please help them continue their good work at www.haiti-relief.com

I'm going to try and get some rest. Please pray for the visa to come through and lift up all those who are aiding in the relief efforts with Heartline!

Good night!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Heartline created Haiti-Relief.com

On January 12th a devestating 7.0 earthquake hit just outside Port Au Prince Haiti.
The housing in Haiti was not built to withstand such an event and hundreds of thousands of people are displaced, killed an injured.

Heartline Ministries, Inc. is a 501c3 organization who has spent over 20 years in Haiti doing humanitarian work, adoptions and education. Heartline has been greatly impacted by the devestating quake. We need your help to rebuild and to help those around us. Please donate any amount you can. 100% of all donations will be used directly in Haiti to rebuild and to deliver humanitarian aid.

We ask every individual give 5 dollars.

We ask that every church or civic group give 10 dollars.

So, today, instead of a drive-thru lunch please paypal five bucks to help people who truly have nothing.




Help Fight the Devastation

GO TO www.haiti-relief.com

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MY APOLOGIES and UPDATE

Due to emotion drain and sleep deprivation I made a typo that originally linked this Chipin to a non-exsistent email/paypal account. If your payment was submitted before 10:30 am EST PLEASE CANCEL AND RESUBMIT!!! IT IS WORKING PERFECTLY NOW I PROMISE.





Quick Update

All the children are fine.

They and the night workers and e Tlucek clan stayed at the home of the Buxmans last night. They stayed in the yard due to the mant aftershocks that we had.

The main damage that we sustained was to the walls around the houses. The wall on allfour sides of the boys' house has collasped. There is significant damage to the wall on two sides of the girls' house and at the women's cenetr and at my house.

We. of course, have no city power and no water due to broken pipes.

The inside of all the houses are littered with broken glass, and whatever was on the shelves noe is on the floor.

This morning at 1:30 I accompanied Troy Livesay to Bring two of our medical people and some medical supplies to a friends place who had set up a clinic in the street to help the many, many who were injured due to falling cement blocks and debris.

Along the route so much seened normal and then we would hit stretches of severe damage and of houses and businesses completely destroyed. We saw car on the side of road crused by falling debris. The three story police station which is about three miles from our house is completely destroyed.

People were told not to sleep inside so the strrets were packed with people sleeping and sitting. It at times was difficlt to get by them.

We have started cleanup by piling up the falling walls to make some kind of security wall around the houses. I have hired some of the local guys to help with this.

Our plan is to at least get then girls' house secure and have all the kids stay there. But the nannies at this point are saying that they will not sleep inside. It is possible that all will spend another night in the Buxmans' yard.

We will work on securing food drinking water for the children.

Heartline and its people have been blessed to have sustained relatively minor damage, especially compared to others who have suffered the loss of homes and others who ave been injured and other who have lost loved and others their lives.

I understand that Port au Prince and the surrounding areas have in many places been destroyed. The picture of the damaged national palace perhaps is indicative of the condition of the country

Our greatest need is for money to rebuild the walls to secure the homes and to make various repairs. I know that this seems so minor compared to he loss that others have suffered.

Your prayer are greatly needed.

I will update later today when I have a chance to use the internet of others that work with us. Our internet is done.

John

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Earthquake Devastates Haiti!

Here is the latest from Haiti:

At about 5:00 PM as I was almost ready to send this e-letter, the house began to sway and I could hear the sound of breaking glass and of walls falling.
Haiti had just been hit by a major 7.0 earthquake. All the Heartline people are fine but the houses.especially the walls have sustained major damage. The wall at the boys' house is 75% gone as well as a major portion of the girls' house. In my house a good portion of the front wall is gone and a portion of the back wall.
We are running off of batteries power and have no running water due to the pipes breaking.
The people filled the streets running to somewhere. We do not really know the damage sustained throughout the rest of the city.
All the children at the homes and the nannies and the Tlucek kids and visitors are sleeping outside tonight in the Buxman's yard due to several after shocks.
There are people sitting in the streets as they are afraid to go in their homes due to aftershocks. Even s I typed that sentence we just had a strong aftershock.
I am able to send this bu using the internet at a friends house that lives nearby. Our service has been knocked out.

"John Mchoul" - Founder of Heartline Ministries www.heartlineministries.org


"Just experienced a MAJOR earthquake here in Port au Prince - walls were falling down. - we are ALL fine - pray for those in the slums" -- From Twitter user troylivesay in Port-au-Prince, Haiti at 5:24 p.m. ET

"Phones and internet are mostly out - we don't have either at home - radio says the Palace fell down and buildings fell down all along Delmas" -- From Twitter user troylivesay in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at 7:28 p.m. ET

"I can't imagine the devastation this has caused to such an overly stressed city - I think it will be suffering for quite some time" -- From Twitter user troylivesay in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at 7:31 p.m. ET

"In our area mostly exterior walls fallen - people afraid to re-enter their homes..." -- From Twitter user troylivesay in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at 8:20 p.m. ET

"Tipap made it home from Carrefour - saw many dead bodies and injured along the way - said most buidings w/more than one story are down" -- From Twitter user troylivesay in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at 8:22 p.m. ET

http://www.livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/

On a personal note:
Please pray for our sons, Gino and Sammy, and all the children at Heartline's Children's home. Reports are that all the children, nannies, and Heartline personal are unharmed. However, the buildings are not livable at the moment and they are staying outside for the night. Pray for the adoptive parents, some of whom are in Haiti now visiting their kids. Pray for those that live, love, and minister in Haiti...the Livesays, Tluceks, Mangines, Mchouls, Buxmans, Brittany, and my friend Gina's family...the list goes on and on.

Tim and I plan to travel to Haiti, Lord willing, on Monday to bring aid and stay on to help with any immediate relief and rebuilding efforts. Please consider making a donation to Heartline. They need it now more than ever!!


Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Moment of Insanity and Extreme Generosity


My sweet Zoe gave all her birthday money to help save lives!

Ok...so in a moment of INSANITY, last night, I committed to do (not "run"...I will run/walk even crawl accross the finish line) the Disney Marathon. This is real insanity since the I haven't trained AT ALL! Why? you ask...the answer is easy! It's to benefit Haiti! I get to run with all my favorite ladies from Haiti and adoptive moms from the states. Who could say no to that! Not me!

Mama Beth explained that this group of runner has raised $60,000 to purchase an ambulance that will save the lives of mothers in labor and their babies in Haiti! After Zoe heard about the diffence the ambulance will make she asked if she could give all of her birthday money ($50 she had been saving it since July) to Mama Beth to help. Of course we said YES!
I am "running" this for the women and children of Haiti (and for Zoe, who encouraged me with her sacrifice) . My part in this is insanity (and a lot of pain), Zoe's part has been extreme generosity, what part will you play? To read about the Heartline Runner's or to donate the money you've been saving for a rainy day (hey it's a rainy day!) visit the Heartline Runner's Blog




www.heartlinerunners.blogspot.com