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Monday, January 18, 2010

Pittsburg Welcomes Haitian Orphans; France Ready to Fly Haitian Children Adopted by French Families

Pittsburg parents were happy to welcome their Haitian children

The orphans were allowed into the country under an emergency humanitarian program announced Monday. The Homeland Security ruling allows orphaned children from Haiti to enter the United States temporarily on a case-by-case basis.

The decision applies to children who have been legally confirmed as orphans eligible for intercountry adoption by the government of Haiti and are being adopted by U.S. citizens.

France is to fly all Haitian children adopted by French couples out of the stricken country, Development Minister Alain Joyandet said Monday. "We will accelerate the (adoption) procedure for all the children with documents, for those where no questions remain," Joyandet told Europe 1 radio.

Since last week's devastating earthquake, prospective parents of Haitian children have demonstrated in front of ministries to demand that the government make it a priority to fly their adopted children to France.

But Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Monday that France is concerned about all Haitian children, not only those adopted, and that priority would be given to those injured in the quake.

France is by far the most active country in the adoption of Haitian children. According to figures by the French Adoption Agency, of some 1,300 Haitian children adopted around the world in 2006, 591 came to France.

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