Trying to Close Orphanages Where Many Aren’t Orphans at All
The Haitian government has started a campaign to try to keep parents from sending their children away simply because they cannot afford to support them. We know at least a few of children in this situation at St. Vincent. The campaign is part of an effort to comply with new rules on adoption by the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions. Many of us remember the story of Americans arrested after trying to adopt several dozen Haitian children who were not actually orphans. Emily Brennen reports, “Of theroughly 30,000 children in Haitian institutions and the hundreds adopted by foreigners each year, the Haitian government estimates that 80 percent have at least one living parent.” Read more below, and leave your comments on our page.