Friday, January 13, 2012

Children of Haiti: 2 Years Later

CBSThisMorning did a piece on Haiti and adoption today.  Watch the 6.33 minute video above, or read at this link.  Here's an excerpt:
Hill shared the story of a couple from Ohio, Jon and Julie Kraner, who want to adopt a child but face challenges with the process [they've only been married 2 years, Haiti requires 10 years].

The new head of Haiti's social services agency, Arielle Jeanty, is trying to turn things around in the country. But she doesn't see international adoption as the answer, calling it "the last option" for these children.

Jeanty has two major concerns: Child-trafficking, and also the future of this country -- if the children leave, who will lead Haiti into its next chapter?

Even before the earthquake, Haiti was the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. There is no free public education and barely half of the adult population can read. There are few social services. For many, daily life is simply a game of survival. And since the quake, it's only gotten worse.


SustainableFamilies said...

What I want to know is: if every person who wanted to adopt from Haiti totalled the amount spent on adoptive and instead invested in programs to support Haitian children in their home country--- what sort of difference in the home country could happen?

Anonymous said...

did you see the public show "Haiti:where did the money go?"