Wednesday, January 20, 2010

5:00pm Update

Dear Friends,

As issued in a recent statement from the Department of Children’s Services (DCS), “As the terrible news from Haiti became known, Governor Daniels directed the Department of Child Services to learn more about how the state might assist.” Safe Families was asked to respond with the capacity in which they could take in orphaned Haitian children. We began making phone calls to current Safe Families and interest inquiries flooded in.

The most recent update Safe Families has received is from John Ryan from DCS in Indianapolis. Our understanding is that, while there is no imminent arrival, efforts are still under way to help orphans leave Haiti; however, the timeframe is indefinite and we’re unsure if and when this may happen.

This has been an emotional day for all of us. We have seen your hearts expressed eloquently and passionately through thousands of emails and we recognize the personal investment that each of you have made. Please continue to join us in prayer that the Haitian orphans will be able to travel to Indianapolis in the near future.

We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates at as we receive them. Please refrain from contacting DCS or Safe Families at this time as we are simply unable to handle the volume of inquiries. If we are called upon to mobilize, we will be in contact with those selected to host children initially via email, as well as those who have offered services, donations and financial assistance. Once again, thank you for being ready and willing to answer this call to service. We are prepared.

In Him,

Safe Families for Children