Haitian orphans rescued and brought to West Texas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/19/10

Haitian orphans rescued and brought to West Texas

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – There is one adoption organization in Lubbock hoping to rescue Haitian orphans and bring them to West Texas.

"Our focus is going to be toward Haitian orphans," says Merinda Condra who founded Adoption Covenant, a non-profit organization, which has matched domestic and international orphans with West Texas families.

"We've had several adoptive parents come to us and say they feel like this is a calling to go to Haiti and bring support there and to make this a project for adoption covenant. We've listened to that calling," says Condra who before the earthquake had not matched a family with a Haitian orphan.

On average, each year adoption covenant places 20 children with West Texas families and since the earthquake in the last week they have received 15 calls from families wanting to adopt a Haitian orphan.

The quake crumbled buildings and destroyed documents which Condra says will be a hurdle to cross. "There is no documentation on a child's birth,  or documents on a parent's death, or even documents on other family members who may want to take care of the child," adds Condra.

Condra says the earthquake is to blame for the recent number of orphans and expects as the days pass even more will learn that they are orphans. "The orphan problem in Haiti was already substantial. We will see in the coming months more and more orphans and that goes beyond just parents dying in this critical tragedy," says Condra about the dire situation in Haiti.

She is working with church groups and hopes to raise money to visit several Haitian orphanages in the next three weeks and start the process of changing lives.

International adoptions range from $15,000 to $30,000. Condra expects Haitian adoptions to be on the lower end.

©2010 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • 5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

    5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 8:58 PM EST2018-02-26 01:58:10 GMT
    (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.  Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...(Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati. Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

  • WEEK OUTLOOK: Warmer, windier weather ahead along with cold day

    WEEK OUTLOOK: Warmer, windier weather ahead along with cold day

    Sunday, February 25 2018 8:39 PM EST2018-02-26 01:39:50 GMT
    Source: KCBD GraphicSource: KCBD Graphic
    Source: KCBD GraphicSource: KCBD Graphic

    Sunday was another cool and windy day across West Texas. The high in Lubbock was 64 degrees after a cold morning low of 21 degrees.  

    Sunday was another cool and windy day across West Texas. The high in Lubbock was 64 degrees after a cold morning low of 21 degrees.  

  • China paves way for Xi Jinping to remain leader for years

    China paves way for Xi Jinping to remain leader for years

    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:05 AM EST2018-02-25 09:05:47 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 8:27 PM EST2018-02-26 01:27:32 GMT
    Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press briefing with French President Emmanuel Macron, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press briefing with French President Emmanuel Macron, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

    China's official news agency says the ruling Communist Party has proposed removing a limit of two consecutive terms for the country's president and vice president.

    China's official news agency says the ruling Communist Party has proposed removing a limit of two consecutive terms for the country's president and vice president.

Powered by Frankly