Church told it can't bring Haitian children

Church told it can't bring Haitian children

January 26, 2010 4:02:24 PM PST
Members of the Horne Memorial United Methodist Church of Clayton have been working to get orphans from the Ryan Epps Home of Haiti to the U.S. after the devastating earthquake that ravaged the island nation.

But Tuesday, they suffered a setback. They got a letter from North Carolina Senator Richard Burr saying it's not possible. It says if a child isn't linked to a U.S. citizen, there's too much concern over child trafficking.

"While I respect what the government is telling us, I still don't think they understand what we're trying to do in that effort," offered church member Patrick Tormey.

The church doesn't want to have the kids adopted in the U.S., they just want to foster them while Haiti recovers and rebuilds.

"It's nothing less than what happened after Katrina when there was a hurricane and people came to North Carolina for safety until their homes were rebuilt, then they returned," said Tormey.

In the meantime, Horne Memorial and the local rotary club are gathering donations for the orphanage and its surrounding community - and putting what they can on a flight to the island nation.

While they may not be able to help by bringing orphans here, they're making sure help gets to them instead.

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