Wednesday, July 28, 2010

12 Haitian Orphans in Pgh Still Awaiting A Home

It's been more than 6 months since 54 children from an orphanage in earth-quaked ravaged Haiti were airlifted to Pittsburgh. However, the fate of 12 of the children remains unresolved.
42 of those children were already part of the adoption process but 12 of the orphans were not. After being checked out at Children's Hospital, the 12 were taken to Holy Family Institute, a social services organization in Emsworth, where they have been cared for ever since.
The fate of the 12 remains in limbo while U.S. and Haitian authorities struggle to determine which nation should be their future home. All parties say they want the best possible outcome for the children. However, Governor Ed Rendell, who took part in the airlift, calls it "astounding" that the situation cannot be resolved. He says it's unfair to the children and wants to see them "adopted by loving families."

About 1,100 other children were flown out of Haiti to the U.S. after the January 12 earthquake, but they were involved in adoption procedures. Officials are trying to decide if the 12 at Holy Family Institute should be put up for U.S. adoption or returned to relatives in Haiti.

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