Humanitarian Parole Granted for "Case-By-Case" Orphans

DHS: Secretary Napolitano Announces Humanitarian Parole Policy for Certain Haitian Orphans

"Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, in coordination with the U.S. Department of State, today announced a humanitarian parole policy allowing orphaned children from Haiti to enter the United States temporarily on an individual basis to ensure that they receive the care they need—as part of the U.S. government’s ongoing support of international recovery efforts after last week’s earthquake.

"We are committed to doing everything we can to help reunite families in Haiti during this very difficult time," said Secretary Napolitano. "While we remain focused on family reunification in Haiti, authorizing the use of humanitarian parole for orphans who are eligible for adoption in the United States will allow them to receive the care they need here."

Humanitarian parole into the United States may be granted by the Secretary of Homeland Security to bring otherwise inadmissible individuals into the country on account of urgent humanitarian reasons or other emergencies. The humanitarian parole policy announced by Secretary Napolitano today will be applied on a case-by-case basis to the following children:

Children who have been legally confirmed as orphans eligible for intercountry adoption by the Government of Haiti and are being adopted by U.S. citizens.

Children who have been previously identified by an adoption service provider or facilitator as eligible for intercountry adoption and have been matched to U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents.

Under applicable laws, unaccompanied minors entering the country without a parent or legal guardian are subject to special procedures regarding their custody and care. DHS coordinates with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement on the cases of these unaccompanied minors."


  1. i am praying that your keanan is one of those!

  2. Does this mean he's coming home?

  3. Yeah, please explain!!! Is he coming home?
    I'm on my knees praying for him and all of your family!

  4. It sounds like good news for your little guy (and you) If I'm understanding the legal talk correctly.

    Continuing to pray pray pray. Eryn

  5. Praise the Lord! We will continue to pray that your case is one of the ones chosen to go ahead with the parole.

  6. Like everyone else I hope this pertains to you! Praying for your family!

  7. Anonymous11:33 PM

    I am BAWLING!! God is AWESOME!!

  8. My prayers become more fervent that all of these babies come to homes in the US and elsewhere- and special thoughts and prayers going out for Keanan!

  9. My friends and I are praying!!


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