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.

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