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I was wondering if the children that were left as orphans in Haiti were going to be able to be adopted by people in the US, the damage is so extensive and I understand over 100,000 people died. This is not a selfish question, just a curious one.

What about the children, can we bring them here if we have a large home and our children have moved out? Does anyone know of a way to help like that?

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Asked by Cyntice at 5:38 PM on Jan. 17, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Haiti has some very strict rules on who can adopt. It's not currently easy or cheap to from Haiti. Whether these rules will be changed is questionable. I doubt it, though.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 6:30 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • Of the folks that I know personally who have completed International adoptions, Haiti is among the countries most utilized. China, Russia, Guatemala and Haiti-


    Answer by Sisteract at 6:42 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • i think the going rate for the cost (legal work-etc) to adopt a child from another country to be around 10,000. for the same price, you can adopt a healthy american newborn with their medical records disclosed. (using an adgency--- they will promise that to you -- name your gender and race. in a few months!) many countries are known to ship out the kids with med problems because they have rules about files being sealed. tha tis why you dont hear of too my international adoption... in the past few years. ppl woudl be very good to adopt all the orphans. maybe oprah should take them all in.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:58 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • I just watched this on the news... a couple was just so close to closing the paperwork but with this earthquake it may get delayed. The mom was there when the earthquake hit, she was visiting the son she was planning to adopt and it has been 2 yrs so far. It takes that long!

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 7:00 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • One of our Senators, Amy Klobuchar, is trying to get the babies who have been adopted by people here in Minnesota Out of Haiti. A couple from the Twin Cities just was able to land with their new adopted baby today but there are many manymore whose papers have been approved but they have not yet been flown to the USA> It is really stressful for everyone. ADoptions are expensive no matter where the babies are. And domestic adoption is difficlut too-expensive and time consuming and so many moms decide they want their baby back after a while and the adoptive parents are broken hearted.
    It is so painful for everyone but especially the babies in Haiti.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:21 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • I would think that there is roughly the equivalent of parents whose children have been killed, making it so international adoption will not need to be the core solution.

    Answer by LindaClement at 10:34 PM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • International adoption is neither easy or quick, so it's not really an answer to the immediate problem of newly orphaned children in Haiti. Months of paperword have to be completed in the US, then sent to Haiti before you are matched with a child who has to be legally declared an orphan in Haiti. Once the adoption finally goes through the court systems there, and is finalized, a visa to come into the US has to be issued by the US Embassy in Haiti. That is what is holding up many kids from coming home now. Their visas have not yet been issued and their paperwork is buried in the rubble. They are no longer Haitian citizens, they are the children of US citizens but they have no legal way to come into the country. I really hope the State Department expedites those visas. It's very generous of you to want to open your home, but unfortunately, its not a very practical way to help.

    Answer by DEpley at 12:20 AM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • On the 10PM news they said the adoption process was going to be expeidiated so they could fly the orphans out as soon as possible. They will be bringing them here to the US.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:33 AM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • Those children's parents haven't even been confirmes as dead yet, and you want them over here?
    Like those poor kids haven't been through enough already, loosing absolutely every single thing they know, to be dragged to america with no choice, to loose their language, culture, so people can be marked as a wonderful 'saviour' to those kids?
    In Haiti, extended . mis-matched / giant families are so common.
    Chldren often live with their aunts / cousins / second cousins while their parents get work, are ill etc.
    Children are hardly EVER actually truly along in Haiti.

    It's much better for them if they can stay in their country, where at least they know SOMETHING...
    Emmigration is hard on adults who choose to do it, why would you do that to a child who has no choice?
    IA should be about ensuring hte best life for the children, not about hte most 'deserving' children for the adults to look like saviours.

    Answer by Piskie at 9:18 AM on Jan. 18, 2010

  • Cont :
    My ex and her mother were living in Port -Au-Prince. She moved there from Vegas, hoping to take her mother out.
    Instead, she stayed. She loved it, she loved the life, the people.... Life was harder there, but she was home.
    Now they're dead.
    Help the people by donating money, clothes, anything. But don't take what little stability those children have over there. They will be loved over there, and cared for.

    Answer by Piskie at 9:21 AM on Jan. 18, 2010

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