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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 […]


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 […]


Haiti Orphan Response and Immediate Supply Chain Needs

Response following a major disaster goes through several stages.  The first 24-72 hours are vital for rescuing individuals buried in rubble and delivering triaged medical aid to the wounded.  Delivery of basic necessities, particularly emergency food and water rations, are also vital to sustain survivors.  Even as this stage continues, other serious needs come to […]