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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Haiti Earthquake Impacts Adoption Process

The effects of the devastating earthquake in Haiti have been felt by the many American families awaiting adoption from Haiti, who cannot get their adopted children out of the country.

For example, this Wisconsin adoptive couple is waiting for a 16-year-old Haitian boy to get his passport to join them; in the meantime, he is sleeping in an orphanage’s courtyard as the orphanage is structurally unstable.

Meanwhile, this mother from Skokie, Illinois is awaiting the opportunity to bring home her 4-year-old HIV positive adopted child from Haiti.

Hopefully, these cases will be resolved soon, but that might be difficult in the midst of disaster.


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hya are i really feel sorry for them poor kids

Posted by: laura pearson | Jan 18, 2010 7:19:43 AM

The Joint Council on Internal Children's Services, an advocacy organization for children, gives the issue some context:

"Ideas for airlifting children into the U.S. and placing them in foster homes continue to surface. In some instances, rumors and speculation have taken on a life of their own. Additionally, many U.S. families are seeking to initiate adoptions of newly orphaned Haitian children. While both airlifts and new adoptions are based on valid concerns and come from an obviously loving heart, neither option is considered viable by any credible child welfare organization. Bringing children into the U.S. either by airlift or new adoption during a time of national emergency can open the door for fraud, abuse and trafficking. Every effort must be made in a timely fashion to locate living parents and extended family members. Many children, who might appear to be orphaned, may in fact be only temporarily separated from their family. Our efforts must be to provide the families and children of Haiti with shelter, nutrition, water and safety. Once the situation in Haiti stabilizes and timely reunification has taken place, adoption may be an option for the children who remain outside of permanent parental care."

Posted by: Mirah Riben | Jan 18, 2010 10:09:38 AM

The airlift of which the JCICS speaks has already occurred, at least for orphans whose adoptions were nearly final last week. (See the link below.) And while the JCICS comments may have some relevance to kids who became orphans as a result of this quake, they make little sense to me as applied to orphans whose adoptions were nearing completion.

Posted by: Andi Carroll | Jan 19, 2010 9:06:38 AM

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