Haitian Orphans To Be Cared in USA Speeding Adoption

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The government of the United States will allow Haitian orphans to come to USA to receive care. This move will make it easier to process adoptions from Haiti orphanages. The announcement came from the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who said Haiti orphans will be dealt with case by case.

The news about the Haiti Orphans receiving care in the United States came a week after the government gave the Haiti nationals in the U.S. a protected status. Napolitano said the orphan humanitarian policy will be a temporary measure, but it will make it easier to complete the adoption of children from Haiti who are without parents.

These will mainly be Haitian Orphans that have been previously been identified as living in orphanages and up for adoption by a prospective American family. While the move is temporary it is not determined how long these children will be staying in the United States.

The Homeland Security Department made it clear it will be deport Haitian citizens traveling to the United States after Jan. 12. Those people will not be eligible for Temporary Protected Status.

Immediately after the quake, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama also temporarily suspended the enforcement of deportation orders against Haitians. "We are committed to doing everything possible to help reunify families in Haiti during this difficult period," said Napolitano.

It would have been impossible to process adoption papers by orphanages in Haiti that are devastated after the quake. However, there is also an opposing view. One comment here reads that the government should be out of the adoption business and work instead to find the parents of these children. However, it is clear that the government is taking this decision about the Haiti orphans out of the humanitarian motives and clearly states that only orphans identified by related agencies will be eligible for receiving care in the United States

Written by Armen Hareyan

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