HOPE heads to Haiti, seeks supplies for orphans

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — HOPE Adoption & Family Services is gathering donations on behalf of Haitian orphans before two of its representative’s travel to Haiti Nov. 30.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to further the connections between Minnesota families and Haiti,” said Nicole Deters Spader, HOPE executive director. “We’re looking forward to bringing supplies to children who desperately need them.”

Spader will travel to Haiti with Rich Smith, a HOPE board member.

HOPE began its “HOPE for Haiti” adoption program last year after the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake. HOPE works with three crèches, or government-licensed orphanages, located in Haiti: La Providence de Dieu, Les Petits Agnes de Miheber and Espoir.

Haiti’s adoption government is in the process of putting new rules in place for international adoptions.

“This is a critical time as the country looks to form relationships with trustworthy U.S. agencies,” Spader said.

Spader and Smith will be in Haiti for one week, visiting the adoption government, crèches and embassy.

HOPE is collecting items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, crayons, chalk, coloring books and nutrition bars, such as protein or granola bars.

Already, HOPE has seen individuals and businesses get involved with generous donations.

“We’re so thankful to have such a supportive community,” Spader said.

Vist www.hopeadoptionservices.org or call 651-439-2446 for more information.