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The Quiet Tension Over International Adoption: NPR Interview on Haiti’s Orphans

NPR’s Talk of the Nation today focused on Haiti’s orphans in an interview with our friend, Tom Difilipo, who heads the Joint Council on International Children’s Services.  The show, titled “Where will All the Haitian Orphans Go?”,  addressed a number of important questions, including somewhat indirect references to an issue that is often a quiet […]


Clinton vows to speed up adoptions from Haiti

The AFP is reporting that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has promised the US government will do all it can to increase the speed of adoptions from Haiti “that had been underway before the earthquake struck a week ago.”   Said Clinton, “[We will] do all we can to expedite the travel of children who […]


Families Willing to Receive Haitian Orphans

Many families are asking how they can learn more about the possibility of taking in Haitian orphans.  At this point, the U.S. government has not yet determined if or to what extent it will issue broad “humanitarian parole” provisions allowing a large number of Haitian orphans to enter the U.S.  Furthermore, if large-scale entry is […]


Congressional Support for Focus on Haitian Orphans

A number of Congressional members are working to ensure the U.S. State Department places full attention on issues facing orphans in Haiti as a key focus of the overall U.S. response.  Among those at the forefront of this effort are long-time orphan and adoption advocates Senator Mary Landrieu and Senator Jim Inhofe.  A letter on […]


Exploitation of Haiti’s Vulnerable Children

The Atlantic online carried a chilling reminder Monday of the stakes in efforts to protect the orphans and other vulnerable children of Haiti.  As if the more basic challenges like food, clean water, and shelter were not enough, these children already—and very likely increasingly so over months ahead—face another enemy:  exploitation by adults eager to […]


CBS News on Landing of Haitian Orphans in Pennsylvania

CBS News today covered this morning’s arrival of fifty-three Haitian orphans in Pittsburg, PA.  It appears all or most of the children had been documented as orphans prior to the earthquake and were in various stages of adoption by American families.  Although it is unlikely that U.S. policy will allow entry by orphans in the […]