Desperate Plea Issued to Avoid Orphan Home Closure in Guatemala -- Guatemalan Situation Considered Urgent

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All God's Children is a ministry for orphan care and is issuing a plea for help with the urgent situation in Guatemala. The Guatemalan government is closing the door on adoptions and this will have a tremendous impact on the orphans that are in the homes that All God's Children manages in Guatemala. Immediate help is needed to keep the orphans from being taken from the homes and abandoned to the government or left on the streets.

We cannot abandon these children who have no one but us to care for them

All God's Children, a ministry for orphan care, is announcing an urgent appeal for financial support of its orphan home, Hannah's Hope, in Guatemala.

Recent developments in Guatemala, concerning a lack of Hague-compliant processes in that country, will warrant changes in adoptions that the Portland, OR-based orphan care ministry currently handles. The Department of State recently sent out a notification for adoptions to be put on hold until compliance is achieved, probably sometime in the first quarter of 2008.

What this means for Hannah's Hope is that its source of funding through adoption services is at risk, creating a financial situation that may require the closing of some of the orphan homes.

All God's Children owns and operates Hannah's Hope, located in Guatemala City, that has cared for over a thousand orphans since it was founded in 2000; half of which have found permanent homes with adoptive families in the United States.

With the recent and on-going changes in the Guatemalan situation, Hannah's Hope is at risk of having to close its doors and send its non-adoptable orphans back to the government, in which case many may end up on the streets.

"We cannot abandon these children who have no one but us to care for them," said Heather Radu, founder of All God's Children and currently in Guatemala managing Hannah's Hope.

All God's Children will keep its doors open for the orphans if it is able to get the support it needs through donor funds instead of adoption fees.

"The orphans we care for may no longer have the hope of adoption," added Radu, "but we still need to keep Hannah's Hope open in order to care for them and the other abandoned children who are brought to our doors."

Hannah's Hope was founded in 2000 by All God's Children and has cared for hundreds of children since its opening. There have been over 500 children who have been adopted, including the Mixco Nine, a group of nine children who had to go through the five-year abandonment process required by the Guatemalan government prior to release for adoption. The Mixco Nine will all be adopted by the end of 2007.

"Our dilemma is an urgent one," said Radu. "We need support immediately in order to keep these orphans in Hannah's Hope. We need financial support to bridge the gap created by this glitch in the adoption process and we need continuous support to keep our doors open for the on-going stream of orphans and abandoned children in this country."

All God's Children is collecting funds for Hannah's Hope at http://www.allgodschildren.org/orphancare and can answer any inquiries at 1-800-214-6719.

All God's Children, a ministry for orphan care, is a global ministry that cares for orphans through orphan homes, adoption services, child sponsorships and other orphan health and education services.

The non-profit organization was founded in 1990 when Heather Radu visited Romania and originated the adoption of her sister Hannah. Radu's family joined her in the organization and, today, All God's Children operates in 7 countries.

More information on All God's Children and Hannah's Hope can be found at http://www.allgodschildren.org/orphancare

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