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State Department Interview on Haitian Orphans, Adoption and Related Issues

The transcript from yesterday’s on-the-record statement by the U.S. State Department contains responses to a number of important questions related to Haitian orphans and adoption.  See the full transcript here.  Questions pertaining to orphans, adoption and related issues are below: MS. BOND: … Let me just say a few words about adoption cases in Haiti. […]

Updated Details on Humanitarian Parole and Haitian Adoptions

The following information was sent today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to state agencies that provide services to children to explain the current policy regarding opportunities for “humanitarian parole”: On Jan. 18, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, in coordination with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), today announced a humanitarian […]

Haiti Earthquake Turns Spotlight on Orphan Need

Just as personal tragedy can wake us to long-ignored issues in our own lives, global tragedy can rouse awareness to problems and struggles that have long been ignored by the world.  The needs of orphans are nothing new in Haiti.  Estimates prior to the earthquake put the number of orphans at 380,000.  This number is […]

Haitian Adoptions and Humanitarian Parole

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced the provision of “humanitarian parole” for certain Haitian orphans.  The policy allows “orphaned children from Haiti to enter the United States temporarily on an individual basis to ensure that they receive the care they need.”   At this point, humanitarian parole is not being offered to orphans generally, […]

Haitian Orphans as Refugees to the U.S.

The U.S. government is giving serious consideration to allowing a large number of Haitian orphans to enter the U.S.—essentially as refugees under special humanitarian provisions.  Whether these children could enter permanent families through adoption in the short term is unclear.  However, it appears likely that the primary entry point for them to the U.S. would […]

Best Resource for Families Adopting from Haiti

Families who were in the process of adopting from Haiti will find no better clearinghouse for information related to the issues they are facing that the Joint Council on International Children Services’ blog.   For those in the middle of this situation, note their most recent post on the information the Department of Homeland Security is […]