Monday, June 21, 2010

Early Responses to Orphaned Haitians Causes Complications in Adopting Now

"Rescued From Rubble After Earthquake, Haitian Orphaned Removed From Adoptive Parents"
RUKMINI CALLIMACHI

"International adoption has always been a sensitive subject in Haiti, a reminder that the country is too poor to care for its own. After January's quake, the Haitian government effectively slammed the door shut on most adoptions altogether. With no foster care system and virtually no domestic adoption in Haiti, untold numbers of children orphaned by the quake... now face a lifetime inside an institution.

The crackdown on adoption came in response to two incidents. First, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell flew 53 children from a destroyed orphanage run by two Pittsburgh sisters back to the U.S., after a tense standoff with officials at the Haiti airport. Then a group of U.S. missionaries tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the country without papers, claiming they were orphans when in fact all had at least one living parent.

Infuriated, the Haitian government announced that all children leaving the country would need the signature of Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. Since then, the government has relented somewhat, but it still allows only the adoption of children orphaned before the quake or those relinquished by their parents in the presence of a judge.

"The sad part is that because of a few people's mistakes, children that could find a good home and are waiting for a home will now have to suffer for years – and may never get a home at all," says Miriam Frederick, founder of the New Life Childrens Home orphanage."

Read the complete article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/19/rescued-from-rubble-after_n_618408.html

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