14 of the 18 Haitian orphans that were taken in by the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth last Thursday remain there while adoption proceedings continue for most of them. They range in age from 11 months to 10 years. Sister Linda Yankoski, the president and CEO of the institute, says the children are adjusting well....they are curious about having electricity and lights on all the time....and about doors." "They are doing well, they're in great shape and in good spirits."
Sister Linda says today they had their first experience with snow, waking up and immediately wanting to go outside and play.
The institute, which dates back 110 years, houses 50 other children: abused, neglected and orphans. She says the Haitian children have a separate program at the facility and there's no real interaction at this time with the other children, who are older than the Haitian orphans.
Sister Linda says they are preparing for more Haitian orphans "We don't know if we'll be called upon but we're standing ready to provide care for additional orphans.