Wednesday, August 11, 2010

How you can help

Visiting Orphans from Amanda Lawrence on Vimeo.

Here is a video about the organization we worked through. While we were in Honduras, we worked with a branch of The Orphan Institute. Their purpose is to speed the process of getting children declared ¨paper ready¨ so they can be adopted. Without their work, it can take years for a child to be declared available for adoption. By that time the child might be too old to be likely to be adopted. They have a staff of social workers, lawyers, psychologists, and support staff to help speed the process along. They´re also beginning to try to work with the Honduran government to change the adoption laws to make less red tape.

What is great about their program is that they´re working to get children into a loving family and out of the orphanages before they´re beyond age 5. Once a child is older than 5, they are much less likely to be adopted. Therefore they will spend the rest of their adolescent life in orphanages. The Orphan Institute aims to intervene in as many children´s lives as possible.

If you´d like to support the Orphan Institute´s program in Honduras you can go to this link. After you enter the dollar amount, on the following page you can choose to designate the money. Add a designation to "Casitas Kennedy Office in Honduras" and the money will go directly to them.

Thanks so much for all of your support!

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