January 20th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

What should happen to hundreds of thousands of Haitian orphans?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

At the end of the day, there will be an overwhelming number of orphans in Haiti in the aftermath of last week's earthquake.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/20/art.haiti.orphan.jpg caption="A woman holds an orphaned infant at a Port-au-Prince orphanage."]
Even before the deadly quake, it was estimated Haiti - one of the world's poorest countries - had 380,000 orphans; children who have lost one or both parents.

Some had lost their mothers or fathers in previous disasters, like deadly storms and hurricanes. Others were abandoned during Haiti's political turmoil.

And aid groups estimate the number could climb well up into the hundreds of thousands, with UNICEF warning the scale of the crisis has reached "unbearable proportions."

Many countries are trying to help pick up the pieces. The U.S. has announced a humanitarian policy that will allow some Haitian orphans into the country temporarily. Dozens of these children have already arrived in Pittsburgh.

The government is also trying to speed up hundreds of Haitian adoptions that were already in progress; and the Catholic Church is trying to bring thousands of these kids into the U.S. permanently.

Other children are being adopted by Dutch families - or brought to group homes in the neighboring Dominican Republic.

But some experts worry that some children may be shipped overseas or adopted before it's clear whether they still have extended family members alive in Haiti. There's a concern that this time of chaos could lead to fraud, abuse and trafficking of children.

Although the tragedies and heartbreak coming out of Haiti have no limits - it seems entirely possible that the youngest and the most vulnerable in that society are among the hardest hit.

Here’s my question to you: What should happen to the hundreds of thousands of Haitian orphans?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Geraldine writes:
There is no doubt the people of Haiti need help at this time. Stealing their future generation is not they way to do it. Many children were in the process of adoption prior to this earthquake. Speed up those adoptions and cut the red tape… Then assist the Haitian people is setting up a viable orphanage system within their own country and people.

Jeff from Connecticut writes:
The key here is to not produce so many orphans in the first place. Before the earthquake, there were 400,000 orphans amongst a population of 9 million. This is the fault of the Catholic Church, of which 80% of Haitians subscribe to. The Vatican doesn't want Catholics to use birth control so that more Catholics are produced. However, the reality is that more orphaned, hungry and homeless children come into this world needlessly.

Barbara from North Carolina writes:
We adopted 4 siblings here in the U.S. and they are grown. We would open our home to as many of these children as we have room for and adopt them. I know many others who feel the same.

Elaine writes:
Setting up orphanages for the children would be the best thing for them. This would allow for extended family members to locate the children that belong to them. There are many organizations that would be able to monitor the orphanages so that abuse and trafficking do not occur... Adoption should only occur when it is in the best interest of the child and their culture.

B. writes:
Sorry to sound cold and heartless, but with thousand of U.S. orphans not being adopted because of bureaucratic BS, we can't afford to care of them in an already overburdened system. We need to take care of our own first because I don't see any other countries jumping in to help us.

Amanda from Texas writes:
There are thousands of Americans that would like to adopt Haitian orphans. The vetting process for these parents should begin NOW. Then they should be allowed to adopt one of the children identified as an orphan before the quake. It is that simple. Start with the orphans we already know about!

Filed under: Haiti earthquake
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Dennis north Carolina

    find homes for them.

    January 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  2. timlwilliamson

    The UN needs to coordinate the relocation of orphans and others off Haiti to countries globally. Haiti is not in a position to be effective in this, or for that matter, most other issues, so the UN needs to step up and act – as it should in all matters international in nature.

    January 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  3. KarenB, central Florida

    if truly orphans, no parents, no next of kin at all that can take care of them, then the Haitian Gov't (such as it is) should cut red tape for adoptions and all countries should cut red tape for adoption/visa's for them. I don't think they are a major "homeland security threat" at this point with explosives in their underwear – they just need good homes and this is a time of desperate need for help..

    January 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  4. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    What should happen is to give them a fair shot at adoption. The sad thing is we here in the U.S. have many orphans also that want a home.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  5. Jay-Deerfield Beach Florida

    There's copies of the adoption paperwork (completed or not) somewhere? Most likely in some Attorneys desk. Cut through the red tape and allow those kids to go with their familys.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  6. Sue-Los Angeles, CA

    Put them up for Adoption. Put a few calls into Brad and Angie, Madonna and the rest of Hollywood.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  7. B Cassell

    Presently this situation is still very dangerous. Even before the earthquake the country was very poor. An example for us is to look to what has been done in the past...Indonesia, Turkey, Katrina....The US has a large Haitian Population...I would think that they would step up just as the rest of the country is stepping up.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  8. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    You've seen the news items of wolves, tigers, etc., raising other animals and adopting them as their own. We can demonstrate as much humanity. There is some Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in all of us. Let's have a global relaxation of adoption red tape and have the world adopt these orphans. All things are possible.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  9. David from Herndon, VA

    Sometimes the human need transcends politics. Bring them here. Give them a chance in life.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  10. Ben, Baton Rouge

    They should be adopted by Haitians.

    I know a lot of people will claim that they should all come to America and be adopted by Americans, but realistically that won't happen. A few will be adopted, but most will grow up in foster care in an alien culture.

    Not good for the kids, and not good for the taxpayers who will have to support them.

    The Haitian people need to stay in Haiti and rebuild their country, and not come to America and become financial wards of the the American people.

    We can't afford it, and Haiti can't afford it.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  11. J Atlanta

    The question begs far more important questions. Why would a poor nation already over-populated, tolerate having so many children in the first place? Baby making should be the last order of business. Of course the inevitable innocents now existing will have to be absorbed....by...... guess which country to the north.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  12. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    They need to be adopted and cared for to include an adequate education so they in turn can raise the status of their country.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  13. Jorge Rubio

    Country: Mexico
    State: Sonora.

    I think -for these orphans in particular- they should be transport to different orphanages in several countries, like US, Mexico, Canada, and they should be open for a quick adoption process, where they should be a no more than 6 month period for paperwork, parent investigation, etc.

    I beleive a quick adoption process should be a mandatory law whenever a big catastrophe occurs in all the world.


    January 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  14. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Tough call. The footage coming out of Haiti is heartbreaking to say the least. We should make every effort to cut the red tape surrounding adoption and find homes for as many as possible. But a million? That's a daunting number.......

    January 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  15. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    When it comes to adults, it is easy to say they should fend for themselves. But how can anyone turn their backs on helpless, starving children? Unfortunately, this is a huge problem, so I think it is long past the time we put the onus on some of the other countries, particularly those that have all our money, like China and India. They are at the top of the food chain now so let them run the world’s welfare system. Because of our stupidity, selfishness and self inflicted debt, we just can’t do it anymore. Besides, they got what they wanted – all our money and jobs – so to the victor belongs the spoils. Let’s see how they like being #1.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  16. S, Michigan

    First, let's answer what to do with the orphans here in the US and then talk about haitian orphans. Send them to France who messed up Haiti to begin with!

    January 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  17. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I don't really know but would suggest a vote by the Republican Party leaders since they are against illegal aliens.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  18. David of Alexandria, VA

    That's almost 10% of an entire ethnic community and likely much of the future of Haiti. Some can be adopted by us and others. But, we must be careful that we are not removing the entire next generation of a country in our well-intended interests of showing typical American compassion. We need to find a signinficant solution within their borders. It will be harder now, but make the future of the country better in the long run.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  19. Ed

    They should be sent to live in Rush Limbaugh's house.


    January 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  20. Jennie

    Haitian orphans should be sent to Florida to await adoption. 100,000 people have left the state in the last year, so there ought to be some space. Children could be brought here as has been discussed and some method for expiditing foster and adoption options needs to be enacted quickly for people in the US and abroad. It is one way we can help, as well actually reaching out and adopting these children. We all live on this planet and the Haitians should not suffer alone. We all mourn for their losses, and those of us who can should reach out and allow these children to live within a family. That nation cannot handle what all these orphaned children have ahead of them. Get them out now.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  21. Eugene Northern Cal

    Jack, Those desperate children need and deserve all the help the world can offer now. They should be placed with qualified parents world wide ASAP. Cut the red tape and send them to waiting families. We can always do the damn paperwork later.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  22. Ethel, The Keys

    Those orphans should be taken care of period, Jack.

    . . . and don't mention the word MONEY.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  23. Fred R DeLeon SR

    Pennsylvania Governor will adopt them!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don't think we have orphans in America.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm |

    I don't know! But I heard on tv they are heading SOUTH in boats/ships and I just hope they're not heading to the Dutch Caribbean, where MY MOTHER lives, as that would either mean CHAOS breaks out in there OR that all those Haitians will seek refuge here in NL. I hope that after GOD saved GOP, by giving it back its WHITE DICK in US Senate, GOD will SAVE US! I hope Chavez would like to absorb Haitians. But do you expect him to? As he's not on speaking terms with the United States?! As: he'll likely say to allocate the Haitians in hotels usually for tourists, from especially the United States, and to send all tourists back to US?!

    January 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  25. Gail Gonzalez

    its an unfortunate situation for which I truly feel sorry for the orphans and all those displaced by the earthquake....but seriously, we don't have room for more people, young or old. There is a recession still going on and there are many, many orphans right here in the good ole USA that need a home. We just can't continue to be the savior of the world. Who will save us???

    January 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  26. Darren

    They're a democracy just like the United States and we should step to the leadership position of giving these orphans homes in a much larger democracy.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  27. Ryan - Galesburg, IL

    Jack, these orphans are Haiti's future. The global community should build them state-of-the-art schools, furnish them with loving homes, and protect their futures as if an entire nation depends on it; which it does.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  28. M & M

    While I would love to say these kids should be brought to the US where homes can be found for them, the truth is, our own foster care system has serious flaws. There have always been orphans in Haiti and the churches and other nonprofits from the US, Canada and other places stepped up to the plate a long time ago to care for them. The same should be done now, with the US giving grant money to organizations that open up orphanages in Port au Prince .... but there has to be an emphasis on education. Orphans are only part of Haiti's serious social problems. People seem to forget that Haiti is a country where education is neither free nor mandatory.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  29. Loren, Chicago

    Whatever the numbers, it should be a U.N. problem. Everyone looks to the U.S. to solve their problems and then complains about how the U.S. worked to solve it. Instead of continually leading with our chin, it's time that we let the rest of the world share the burden that we've assumed since World War I. In any event, there is no way that the U.S. can possibly absorb up to 1million Haitian orphans (that's like on for ten families in the United States)..

    January 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  30. lou

    Above all they should not be made spectacles of. I'm from Iowa and there was already an adopted orphan on the news going to a welcome home party here. She was scared to death with all the throngs of people and news reporters there; just buried her little face the whole time in her 'mother's' shoulder. These kids have been through enough. Take them to a safe quiet place for a while and give them some much needed adjustment time.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  31. Greg in PA

    Jack, I think that you should consider adoption of a Haitian baby. Jack you rock, you can be a leader by example, tens of millions of your fans would follow your lead and adopt. Just think of the difference that you would make. Go Jack go!!

    January 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  32. J.L from NJ

    They should be sent to democratic countries with good reputable orphanages and offered for adoption. There are many loving people who would love to adopt them.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  33. Ed from MD

    It would be pure arrogance to think Haitians cant figure out themselves what to do with their orphans. They should not be fair game for Oprah.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  34. sc_morrow

    They should take the 7 million dollars larry king raised the other night and build them a state of the art orpanage home in haiti

    January 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  35. Maria

    All the red tape(or most of it) should be waived for overseas adoption (and not just in the US). We should do the most humanitarian thing...rebuild orphanages to our construction codes for buildings in flood, earthquake,volcano, areas; hire competent local teachers and let us set their wage level, and provides all school equipment needed so these children won't lose an education. We must work with the world to make sure there is enough medication to treat these children (set up an infirmary within the orphanage).Remember when we had school nurses at school (in US) who tested our vision/hearing/stomach aches/colds and flu/ and referred to family doctors anyone who needed more care than they could provide on site. And above all hire non-corrupt managers of the orphanages so they don't let the children just lay there and starve to death.



    January 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  36. Terry, Chandler AZ

    These are kids Jack. We gotta look after children, especially kids in our hemisphere. I say we must bring these kids to the U.S. and find them good homes with loving parents who will teach them the true American way. And Jack, there are far too many American parents who are not doing a good job of raising their own kids.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  37. David in Raleigh, NC

    They should either be left in Haiti or sent to Gitmo.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  38. Mark

    They should be adopted out to parents who want to give love and care to an orphaned child. There are thousands of couples around the globe who would love to have a child but can't adopt because of cost, red tape or both. Give the kids a break and let them have a chance at a real life beyond poverty and hunger.

    Oklahoma City

    January 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  39. Michael Alexandria, VA

    They should be given parents as quickly as possible, where ever possible and as soon as possible.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  40. John from Alabama

    Jack: A million orphans would be a tall order for the United States to cover by its self, but there are other nations whose citizens might want to adopt a child. Failure to find homes for these children will only lead to problems for Haiti down the road. Education, care, and love can do wonders for a child who has lost everything to an earthquake. The road for adoption should be laid out by the Haitian government and non-government agencies can do the processing over the next 2 to 3 years.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  41. Peg from NY

    These children should be placed in good homes, worldwide.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  42. George, Montrose,PA

    I need first to follow up slightly on yesterday's question. I believe the Haitians should be given the opportunity to rebuild their own country with all the help that the rest of the world can give so they do not have to become refugees in foreign countries. That being said, orphans are not the same as refugees. An orphan has no family and should be afforded the opportunity to have a good one, especially one that wants them, can provide for them, and can offer them a loving home.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  43. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    What the Governor of Pennsylvania did was correct. The American people have big hearts and will welcome them to the fold. It would also be nice if some of the other countries also opened their doors to them.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  44. Linda - FTL Florida and this event is close to my backyard

    "What should happen to as many as one million Haitian orphans?"
    We can put into action our lip service of the Religious " DO we beleve we are our brother's keepers" . I ask where is Love and Compassion for our neighbor. Who is our neighbor?.

    Any American , who has the heart , financial ability and willingness to step up and care/provide foster a young life ......... should be able to do this NOW.

    Lets .bring the children and change a life...... "the end of life in Haiti can be the beginning of life for Haiti" IF we put into action of a foster/adoption window of airlifts into the arms of safety and love.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  45. Jean, Florida

    So many of these babies were born to mothers who had TB and AIDS and will need medical care. The call is out for us to send medicine for scabies, ringworm, lice and other infectious diseases to Haiti. We have children in our own orphanages. We need to build strong buildings and care for them in their own country. When we fix our medical care and unemployment, we can help others.

    No more refugees in the United States.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  46. Susan Frost

    First, they've obviouskly dot to taken to a secure place where their basic needs can be met. Then we need to make sure they're really orphans, which won't be an easy task. If they are, we need to be very careful they don't get "adopted" by child traffickers – a fate worse than the earthquake itself. Maybe the nations of the world could try behaving like adults for a change and work together for these poor kids.


    January 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  47. Barbara Actisdano

    I beleive the American Goverment should allow adoptions immediately to people who wants them and can care for them.
    This Country takes so long for anything good to happen, it is a shame what is happening over in " Haitri"= All that food and water sitting on the Airport runway for 3 days now, no wonder the people are lotting and stealing, they have to eat some how or die, I BLAME THE U.N. for the hold up, no one is really in charge.
    Barbara from Sebring, FL.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  48. Abe of Iowa

    What should happen will not be an option. Rather, this looks like the perfect opportunity for an invasion by the neo-liberals to privatize essential services formerly provided at a reasonable cost by the government and put those poor orphans to work in sweat shops at slave wages so they can pay most of their wages just eking out a meager living and still have enough left over to pay taxes to pay the interest on the loans from the World Bank and the IMF for ever and ever. Amen

    January 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  49. Dave , Munhall , Pa.

    Well Jack , If we can get rid of those pesky child labor laws maybe we can really help them out. I'm sure that would improve their lives tremendously and help the economy at the same time!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  50. JENNA

    What should happen to as many as one million Haitian orphans?

    Those in the US who want to adopt them should be fast tracked through the adoption process. Otherwise the smallest of Haitians could die..

    Roseville CA

    January 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  51. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    God willing, we, Americans, will open our hearts & homes to them & adopt them! There are plenty of couples waiting for children in our country who will make wonderful parents to these children! I would adopt them if I were younger.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  52. Niels Goldstein

    I'd love to adopt one or two personaly. I was adopted myself, no one should go without the love, protection and guidance only parents, real or adoptive, can provide.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  53. gaddi

    I think haitians orphans should be adopt temporally, until the country is rebuild.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  54. Adam A. from Bellevue, Nebraska

    A credible, worldwide charitable group needs to establish a means to effectively care for the orphans...then provide an acceptable means for them to be adopted by good families. There are well over a million families in this world that are looking for children to adopt...and they can be adopted...there just needs to be a group to lead this charge.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  55. Brian Delray Beach, FL

    The United States should spearhead a movement to establish a collection point and clearing house for these unfortunate kids and get their medical needs taken care first. They will need a safe and well secured location while the infrastructure can be created to determine if they are trully orphans or just kids separated from their parents. Every effort should be made to put families back together. Orphans need a swift processing to make them available to loving families worldwide. If these kids are allowed to lanquish in small, understaffed facilities all over the country sooner or later they will be lost to sickness or even criminal gangs to be used as slaves or prostitutes. The Haitian government-what there is of it- was screwed up before the earthquake. They are not dependable. This a job for the UN.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  56. Elizabeth

    So far, the US has allowed only 200 orphans into this country. That is pathetic! I say we should open our arms and our hearts to them. See Matthew 25.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  57. ran utah

    That is a very good question? I think I need time to ....... There are ......... Why can't we ........? My constituants say................and............. This would have the greatest................ Could they be.............? I'm flying to the Jamaica this weekend, lets pick this topic up on Monday. Danm! I'm in the middle of lunch. I'll be there in a minute. Oh! Hey! I got this massage appointment at 1:00, I will be there at 2:30. For crying out loud! I thought this topic would resolve itself. Your Friend, Mr. Congressman

    January 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  58. irene quirus

    NO! The money spent on helping Haitians in their country will go a lot further than if they come here. In USA, we have no money, no jobs, and frankly, enough problems with immigrants who have no education or skills. The most humane thing to do is to continue doing what we are doing in the country of Haiti so the people can rebuild their lives where they now live. The president's policy is correct. Do not bring refugees here.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  59. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Jack, that's a world question, not a U.S., alone question. It's time the rest of the world ponied up to responsibility, not just us.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  60. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    Put them in the White House!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  61. Lourdes Valdes

    I would love to adopt a child from Haiti who have no family. And for that matter, my 10 year daughter would love to have a younger sibling. These orphaned children need to be placed in loving homes and given hope for the future, but I agree, make sure that they do not have extended family first. One must use every precaution in protecting these children. They have suffered enough tragedy. The Haitian people are very loving and kind people. I visited Haiti in the early 80's, including the hospital in Deschappelles. They deserve the world's help but in an organized manner and having their best interest at heart.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  62. john ....... marlton, nj

    I think all of us can find a spot in our hearts for Haitian orphans and that will translate into doing the right thing.
    What pisses me off is why the press isn’t all over that jackass Governor Rendell and his showboat airplane stunt that has probably killed hundreds of Haitian adults and children alike. Rendell, ever the political prostitute, in a ‘go to get the orphans’ event, drags his feet to garner some media attention while using his ‘influence’ to delay and hold his aircraft’s parking spot at the POP airport. While soaking up media attention, the spot his plane was blocking prohibited a ‘Doctors With Out Borders’ flight from landing. The Doctors With Out Borders’ flight ended up landing across island in Dominican Republic requiring days of delay transporting urgent medicine and the doctors. Rendell’s plane was finally order to leave and leave immediately without the Rendell group. To make matter worse Rendell found a way to ‘acquire’ the service of a military C-130 and its crew to transport all but two of the 56 orphans he originally went to get. FYI apparently, in all the media limelight the jackass actually left two orphans in the van at the airport…
    Get on this Jack !! Should somebody be asking Rendell for his resignation ??

    January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  63. irene quirus

    The orphans in Haiti should remain in their own country. There should be massive birth control and/or abortion clinics set up in Haiti to prevent these children from coming into a world in the first place, where their own parents cannot care for them. The president Obama's lifting of restrictions on abortion is actually humane by preventing suffering of these poor children once they are born into poverty and sickness. The USA cannot solve the problems we have here. We should only help in the most humane way possible, but do not bring the orphans here. Help the Haitians to help themselves. The corrupt government is the real problem, and we cannot solve that problem. Let us work on our own inner city problems, and not add to the USA's woes by bringing these children here.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  64. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    The first thing is to check if they have any extended family to raise them! Second, every child put for adoption has to be protected to make sure they are not being sold!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  65. Gerry In Toronto

    One thing is for sure, don't let the wing nut Evangelists get involved with these kids or they will traffic them to the highest bidders.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  66. TZ

    its kind of a bad thing to ask jack. here is the deal. we want them we want them all. But it never looks good. Could alot of them die if they do not come?yes! If we take them will there be outrage? Oh yea!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  67. Daniel

    My wife and I have twice survived the "Haiti-to-U.S. adoption process."
    It is not for the faint of heart.

    The U.S. Immigration side of a Haitian adoption can be more difficult and protracted than the Haitian side. U.S. authorities perceive such corruption within the Haitian processes that the U.S. authorities basically allow them no credence, all while being carefully diplomatic to pretend that they do.

    For an orphan problem of the current magnitude, the Haitian government would be kind to its orphans if it would concede identification, verification, and in-country processing authority to a third-party administrator, one in which receiving countries could, would, or at least might have reasonable confidence. This might be a consortium of social-service agencies from the countries who receive the most Haitian adoptees. It might or might not be overseen by UN children's advocacy groups (though I'm no fan of the UN, let alone the UN in Haiti), or perhaps someone performing in a similar role.

    Another possibility may lie within the Haitian constitution itself where (If I'm not mistaken) it allows the President of Haiti to act as a "trump card" of sorts in the case of international adoptions. If I'm not mistaken (and I may be) his signature on an adoption can be used to basically bypass the entire in-country adoption process. If that should be the case, then then that can be used speed up the Haitian side of the process, even without much Haitian bureaucratic infrastructure intact. But it does not address the "legitimate-source-of-the-child" concerns that the receiving countries will rightly enough continue to have.

    So I think they need a third-party, high-integrity process and processors to manage the Haitian end of making these children available for quick processing. Receiving countries ( U.S. Immigration for one) need to climb down off of their God Complexes, realize there will be no perfect solutions to such an imperfect situation, so tradeoffs will be made; then - as a matter of official policy - respect the integrity and authority of that authorizing third party, and start QUICKLY processing these children to loving homes.

    It should start with the children who were already in Creche-Category orphanages (officially recognized international adoption orphanages in Haiti), to free all those slots up for so many new inductees.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  68. R Oehlman

    The question really should be what should happen to the millions affected by this devastation. Do the math. Red Cross has raised about 2 million. In this country, several million people live on 2.00 a day. 2 million won't even pay for one day of long term survival for those individuals affected. It should be obvious, This country was leveled, for us to sit back and debate about the security of relief workers is ludicrous. There is not and will not be enough food or water for all those affected. They will surely die! We need to begin a mass evacuation of all those weak, injured, and homeless. Our networks of aid around the world would be far more capable of caring for these individuals on their own turf. Take aid to the strong, evacuate the weak in the empty planes and distribute them to areas where they can be cared for until the country can begin to rebuild. Really, this current type of aid model is based upon a functioning country with a higher level of functioning. Haiti does not fit this model.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  69. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    The US must get involved in the adoption process precisely so that these young children are not shipped overseas. If I were younger I personally would be willing to adopt an orphan from Haiti. A process needs to be established that it will be obvious that these poor little children are truly orphaned. If credible evidence should later surface that relatives want the child back,then so be it. Remember Ellis Island and our country being a melting pot. Surely we have a little more room in our hearts to accommodate these innocent babies.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  70. Sherri-Illinois

    God bless them all! I hope every attempt is made to locate living relatives, but first thing is a warm bed and a full stomach. America and the World will open their doors to them!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  71. denise

    Seriously...We don't have enough people here that need help. There are a lot of children in this country that are in need of medical treatments that their family can not afford and yet we are going to bring children from Haiti here that will have all the medical attention money can buy. That's just not fair or right.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  72. Kathy

    If these children were already in orphanages in Haiti, they should be allowed to be adopted after the families are thoroughly investigated and determined to be a good home environment for them (no matter what country they go to). Being put in temporary foster care situations is great for now, but the rebuilding of Haiti is going to take years and years and holding off future adoptions doesn't make any sense. If an opportunity arises to put a child into a permanent, loving home then what is the issue?

    January 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  73. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    I know the 700 club will take them just ask Pat Roberson he said that the earth quake was for the good now the country can rebuild and pray to God. He said that Haiti make a pack with the devil to get their freedom so god is just getting even. This man ran for president? If churches wanted to stay Tax free they should adopted some of these children and stop talking about the devil.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  74. trm Ontario,Canada

    I think any family who was already in the system to adopt should have their adoption immediately. They are beautiful children & tug @ your heart strings BUT caution should be taken-- abuse & trafficking could occur!!!Hopefully not!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  75. Brian - Trinidad

    It's hard to take these reports seriously.To have one million orphans,even if you assume that these some of these orphans have the same parents,would mean 500,000 dead from the earthquake.Are you kidding me?And what kind of solution is that,bringing these kids into our society?Shouldn't we help rebuild a proper Haiti society for these kids to live and thrive?We'll all go down there if we build luxury tourist resorts,shouldn't we build infrastructure so that these kids can live in their homeland?

    January 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  76. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, they should stay in Haiti, where our hundreds of Millions of dollars can build a nice new set of orphanages. They can be cared for until legal adoptions can done for those that can be matched and adopted . Those that are not adopted can be cared for by Haitians in Haiti as it should be.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  77. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    They should be given to there realitives or else adopted off as a family unit no cibling seperation.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  78. Rick McDaniel

    They should be made available for adoption, either in Haiti, or in other countries.

    The US may accept some portion of them, but should NOT be the only country accepting them for adoption.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  79. Angie

    Some of those Haitian orphans were in the middle of adoption. Some adopting parents still don't know the fate of the orphans they were adopting. Put those orphans with their adopting parents.

    As far as the rest. Something really needs to be done for the orphans that are being taken care of by the many orphanages, and the ones who just lost their parents and are alone on the streets.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  80. ronald

    To accept an orphan from any country is a major event, to ensure the parents wanting the orphan is properly screened, compassionate individuals,ensuring that the orphanage or country of Haiti is not in the market to make massive amounts of profit at the plights of these children.
    Many folks potentially may wish to adopt a child from Haiti only to discover some massive costs which should not materialize to the new parents of that adopted child.
    Operating costs for adopting an orphan should ONLY be the fee for adopting a child in my opinion.
    I only fear that if folks wish to want to adopt a child from Haiti, that the price tag for that compassion is not corrupt.
    I say,pay no more than the price of adoption fees that keeps a child healthy until that adoption is finalized.
    Possibly, you Jack can advise what fees,what monies are needed to adopt a child from Haiti of non-Haitian parents???

    January 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  81. Scott Stodden

    Jack they all need help the the nation of Haiti cannot give these children and adults alike. If there not dead so many are injured and they need food, water, medicine and whatever else. I feel that the United States should fly all these children to our country, give the proper treatment they need and then take them back home, How hard is this to figure out?

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    January 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  82. Pat Caldwell

    Jack, I do not know what this may mean, but I can tell you that all the "average" American citizen wants from any government is fairness, respect, representation, and decision-making that is best for the country.
    Why does this seems so complex to the current administration?
    The back room deals, bribes and unethical deals changed my vote.

    Thank you.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  83. johnny

    I think you should adopt one jack, you're always criticizing everything, so how about you actually help the cause and adopt a haitian child

    January 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  84. Mike from Denver

    At this point, I belive that due dillegence must be done to verify that the children are indeed orphans. The only thing worse than their current situation is to accidently separate them from their families.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  85. Bill - NY state

    Well we sure know where your political preference is – so much for "fair and balanced". Did you listen to what one voter said? It wasn't about Obama or Coakley – it was about ALL of the politicians in Washington! Politicians of BOTH parties better start listening to us independents!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  86. ronald

    Not really sure about the Catholic church bringing many orphans into the United States, to be compared to that of Pedro Pan.
    Pedro Pan did NOT permit the Cuban children removed from Cuba at the time of Fidel Castro coming to power by their Cuban parents out of fear to the United States,if i am not mistaken.
    I would not think that every child,nor many children whom departed Cuba not being actual orphans were to excited by the idea the many years which passed while residing in those Catholic style orphanages in Florida too.
    If the Catholic Church becomes involved, maybe the Catholic Church instead could potentially defer some of those added costs of being adoptive parents to ensure those whom wish to adopt children,may successfully adopt a child.
    Will the adoption procedures for one million orphans in Haiti become operated at a fair price of monetary gain and not a profit running racket?

    January 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  87. Greg Hodges

    In a more perfect world; the U.S. and Canada (my country) would welcome these innocent victims into our nations with open arms. This is not the world we live in. The best we can hope for I would suggest; is that after the crises is over (???) that the world does not simply pack it`s bags and go home, leaving Haiti to once again to live out it`s misery in silence. If we truely care about humanity; there must be a REAL infrastructure in place; where food, shelter, medical care, and the basics of life are not a luxury or priviledge, but a RIGHT! To have this kind of suffering and misery in our backyard; and continue to do NOTHING about it is totally UNFORGIVABLE! To those who call themselves Christians, you have no choice but to help!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  88. Lucy, Austin, Texas

    They are children that should not be left to fend for themselves. All of the paperwork was before the earthquake. I would hope that there will be stricter and longer follow up to make sure the children benefit from the adoption and that the adopting parents are financial sound to support the increase the size of their families.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  89. Jasmine in Germany

    It is wonderful that many of Haiti's orphans will be given loving homes throughout the world, but the children of Haiti belong to Haiti. My dream would be that neutral philantropists (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation comes to mind) would step in and and contribute to building modern boarding schools and care centers with qualified pedagogic directors and staff plus external monitoring. International multilingual educators and child caretakers welcome to apply to help this generation of children to build Haiti's future. I'd like to see a world effort to truly assist, not for political gain, and certainly not for religious gain. It can be done.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  90. ronald

    Ensuring that each and every orphan discovered is potentially offered to aunts and uncles, cousins families before breaking up families in Haiti is very important to all.
    The last thing anyone should want is to find out the orphan adopted would have been wanted by their relatives since both father and mother could have perished.
    i for one would want that to materialize before every runs any program that hastefully that omits that option.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  91. Walt Kogut Central NY

    Hello Jack,

    Here is what we should do with those orphans.

    Bring them here! They speak better English than out own kids. They have a super sense of gratefulness, they are kind, and are extremely polite! Model citizens!

    It was so nice to see polite children, with NO adults around, kindly thanking our soldiers for water.

    Yeah we could sure use a few more good folks like that here. I for one, would welcome such people in my neighborhood.

    Our immigration protocalls could easily be changed, to help the desperate orphans of Haiti. Maybe we could trade all 1 million, for the deportation of that greedy, lying, POS doper Rush L. It would smell better here!

    If it were a Canadian natural disaster, this would not even be in question.

    Central NY

    January 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  92. Megan- Greenville, NC

    All of the children deserve proper housing, water, and food. The children that were orphaned prior to the earthquake probably do not have any extended family, or they would not be in an orphanage. It is okay for these children to be temporarily taken to other countries for care. We need to help recently orphaned children that are recently orphaned to find their family, and STAY in Haiti. This is the time for the nation to pull together. It is not the time to leave, it's time to rebuild.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  93. Jim - Michigan

    They should remain in Haiti, we have enough people on public assistance right here in America.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  94. Linda in Arizona

    I've been thinking about that too. I can only say, there are no good answers. One would hope they would all get adopted, and moved out of that hell hole, but the logistics of that are almost unimaginable. I can't answer this question. Sorry.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  95. Mical


    Maybe, adoption agencies will fast track many of the Haitian orphans to financially responsible families who want children. There are many who want children but some of the adoption agencies hold these kids literally for ransom and discourage many eligible families from adopting. They bury families with paperwork, make them jump through hoop after hoop then leave them in suspense. Sadly loving & deserving families are turned off and/or away because of RED TAPE. Maybe Haiti will trigger a new light on an old headache.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  96. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Get 100,000 people to adopt them. It's about time the rich do something concrete for the world! There's at least 100,000 people in the world able to take care of an orphan!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  97. Laura

    Ask Madonna and Angelina Jolie, they seem willing to help.

    In seriousness, I think the concern that children who have been shipped overseas may still have family in Haiti is miniscule compared to the concern of them staying there amidst the wake of such a disaster. Once the initial crisis is over and some order restored to the country, then children who were possible seperated from relatives can be returned. I know how imperfect that sounds, but to me, seems the better alternative.
    I think they should be given safe homes as they currently are. It's quite obvious given the outpouring of support that people want to help, I doubt there will be a shortage of good people willing to adopt these children...or am I being overly optimistic again?

    January 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  98. Wendy, FL

    I think they should place them in a temporary foster home under state custody here in the US until Haiti stablize. and for those who is in the process for adoption they should return them to the adoption parents, but with a temporary statics until everything is in place

    January 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  99. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    The key here is to not produce so many orphans in the first place. Before the earthquake, there were 400,000 orphans amongst a population of 9,000,000. This is the fault of the Catholic Church, of which 80% of Hatians subscribe to. The Vatican doesn't want Catholics to use birth control so that more Catholics are produced. However, the reality is that more orphaned, hungry & homeless children come into this world needlessly. The Pope, in an effort to grow his organization even told Africans that condoms made the HIV problem worse. That is pure, self-serving evil.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  100. Layne Alleman

    Jack, First, and foremost, they need medical treatment. Then, figure-out some sort of SAFE temporary housing, either commandeering (short-term) cruise ships (U.N.), or else our mothballed military ships; some way to keep them close-by until such time that a search can be done to determine that there really aren't any relatives for them to be retuned to. THEN, and ONLY THEN, should the adoption process proceed. I agree that abuse and trafficking are very real concerns, especially in this situation. I'm sorry, but I don't subscribe to the theory of just shipping them off to anywhere and everywhere, that brings about even more chaos(think back to the aftermath of Katrina, something that's still unresolved). Panic breads panic. Somehow, those trying to help need to get control of the situation(hopefully, the Marines should help). Layne A. Antioch,Il.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  101. Weldon from Canada

    Maybe they should allow them into the country while they are still in their innocent stages rather than wait until they have neen programmed to kill anybody that is not of their belief..

    January 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  102. Karen Collins

    We need to take them to countries including the U.S. who can care for them in foster homes until Hatti gets back up and running, some of them might not be orphans afterall. Pictures and names, id. etc. should be recorded on them too...so the parents can find them if that is the case.

    US is not the only country thatmight be interested in taking care of them.
    IF they are orphans, then we should put them up for adoption after Hatti is re-established.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  103. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    You can start with the lawmakers

    January 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  104. Melanie, Florida

    Well if adopting wasn't so expensive, maybe there wouldn't be so many orphaned children. Personally, if I had the money, I would adopt two kids on each continent. Haitian children are in a dire situation just like the rest of 140 million children around the world....

    January 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  105. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    There is no right or "politicaly correct" answer tto this question. It would be nice, for a change, to see the entire world act with compassion and a sense of empathy, and all countries absorb the orphans. Somehow, I just don't think that will happen.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  106. Geraldine Singley

    There is no doubt the people of Haiti need help at this time. Stealing their future generation is not they way to do it. Many children were in the process of adoption prior to this earthquake. Speed up those adoptions and cut the red tape. Send those children to their new, worried parents as quickly as possible. Assist the Haitian people is setting up a viable orphanage system within their own country and people. Don't steal their future. President Clinton spoke of the "spirit" of the Hatian people. Help them rebuild their future, don't take it away from them.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  107. Luci - Illinois

    The Christian right will come forward and adopt many of them.
    Palin will take as many as they will let her, as she is such a mother figure. We've seen how she stays with her own. Big laugh.
    Just don't leave them to fend for themselves in that country.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  108. areyoukiddingg

    The children need our help and we need to act fast. We should do what we did for Cuba and do something like Operation Pedro Pan. I know I would take in a child in an instant!

    January 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  109. Tylermade

    I think family members in other countries should help out by taking care of them.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  110. Susan

    I very much want to adopt a Haitian orphan, but have heard, and fear, that it will be a logistical and bureaucratic nightmare. I so desperately wish they could streamline the process, and just make it easier for people like me: loving, educated, with plenty of resources, to take these gorgeous children into our homes and raise them safely to adulthood.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  111. Terry

    Time to bring all those young victims to the United States, there are thousands of loving families here in America who would love to adopt them. I have a feeling many Americans will be adding a new Haitian member to their families, as they should.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  112. steve

    Since we spend alot of money each year on Haiti and our military is already there, then maybe we should make it our 51 state.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  113. Jim - Michigan

    Are we the only country on the planet? I dont think so, we have millions of children who need homes right here. This cry about adopting them, these are people who think it is chic to have a foreign child, it is a status thing if you truly cared you would adopt an American child who needs a home.

    Haiti receives millions in aid every year and now they are getting a ton more, we cannot solve the worlds problems, help Haiti get on its feet and let them solve their own problems.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  114. David

    Where are the right to life people when they could do some good? They don't seem to care after the babies are born.

    I wish I knew what could be done to help them and what could be done to help those in Rowanda and elsewhere. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case, just currently in the forefront..

    I wish I knew.

    David in GA

    January 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  115. Chris Zimny

    For the hundreds of thousands of orphans that are a result of a quake, they should be sent to more prosperous countries. Any country that's more prosperous than Haiti should provide a better life for them.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  116. jewels

    I think someone needs to set up a way so that people that truly want to help and take care of these kids could adopt them. Figure out how to put them with families that will not harm or abuse them. I would truly consider adopting a child if it meant giving them an opportunity to have a great life. My family could provide that.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  117. Sali Raudabaugh

    We cannot adopt all those children. Where will they go? We have American children here that need to be adopted. Set up well run orphanages there. I would like to see orphanages set up here for our own children instead of the broken foster care program.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  118. Sam

    Haiti's disaster has hit many north americans hard, but has hit these children the hardest. What should happen for these children which was mentioned is that they should be sent for adoption, I'm sure many families would love to take in a child from Haiti. Even just to comfort these children at these hard times is enough to keep them away from the danger thats going on inside Haiti.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  119. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    If there is to be hope for Haiti, hope that is defined as seeing new possibilities, then the million orphans, and all children of Haiti must become the reality of tomorrow.

    This can only be done by the world community, taking the orphans into all progressive countries, or setting up hundreds of quality schools in Haiti where these young minds can become the future and the change from centuries of plight and oppression through nourishment of their minds, bodies, and souls. It is up to you and I.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  120. Tom Arndt

    Bring them to the United States and give them control of congress. They can't help but do better than the sorry lot put up by the Democrat and Republican cults.
    Memphis TN

    January 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  121. marie

    Jack, how about having Haitian American families in the U.S taking one or two orphans

    January 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  122. TeddyN

    These children should be taken out of Haiti as quick as possible. Staying there is a sure death for them. It is sad to see infants with no formula, no diapers, no care. These children should be moved as fast as possible. One last thought. How come Madonna and Angelina Jolie can have an adoption, including visa, done quick and others take 2 or more years. Interesting

    January 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  123. njoroge kariuki

    hi my ex-girlfriend indeed told me today that she is doing a sponsoring of two children in Haiti since 3 days.she pays for the fees and monthy expenses of which i think to be a good idea.she then went ahead tekking me maybe she would even adopt them when the time is ripe.btw she is only 20 years young my ex-girlfriend.
    greetings from Zurich

    January 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  124. Neil

    Jack- I am a single gay male attorney living in NYC. I have considered adopting a child for years and thought that, with so many orphans in Haiti, now is the time. I went online to learn that their official policy is to adopt to single women and hetero couples...It makes me so sad and angry to know that they would rather kids grow up without any family instead of having a single parent who would love and give a child everything he/she could ever need.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  125. Mimi

    Encourage Haitian families in the states that are already well established to adopt these children. I, myself, am willing to adopt 2 of them as a mother of one. I don't know where to start and how to bring them to the state right away. Maybe there should be some law in place to expedite such process. I can comfortably afford to do so as a Haitian American, and know a lot of colleagues who can as well.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  126. Jacqui

    I think we should ask Brad and Angelina to adopt them all. If not, we'll have to look for another solution.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  127. Barbara Harris

    We adopted 4 siblings here in the U.S. and they are grown. We would open our home to as many of these children as we have room for and adopt them. I know many others who feel the same. Obama BRING these innocent orphans HUMAN BEINGS here so we can give them the future they deserve.
    Barbara Harris
    North Carolina

    January 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  128. Marvin Lee-Arcadia, California

    If possible, orphans should be reunited with extended family members before international adoptions take place. As a secondary measure, international adoption should be carried out. Countries need to help these orphans as some, such as the U.S. and Netherlands, already have.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  129. Elaine Elliott

    Setting up orphanages for the children would be the best thing for them. This would allow for extended family members to locate the children that belong to them. There are many organizations that would be able to monitor the orphanages so that abuse and trafficking do not occur to those who are powerless during this emergency. Adoption should only occur when it is in the best interest of the child and their culture.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  130. Joseph Kavanaugh

    Jack ,,
    The infrastucture of Haiti is beyond a bandaid repair, The bottom line is most of the population must relocate immediately! The longer they stay, more problems and death is certain. The coalition of countries MUST get together and begin the relocation process. Giving money, food and medical supplies is a good temparary solution to the situation. One must look at the big picture.

    Postal Joe
    Rock Hill NY

    January 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  131. Vickie

    Adoptions need to be sped up that's for sure, but not without careful investigation of adoptive parents. Lotsa nuts out there. But what about all the people? It's not only the orphans who are in dire need of adoption. The entire population has nowhere to go. They have no homes. The injured who have been treated now have no homes to go to convalesce. Will they have homes built –hopefully to some kind of better code - before the next hurricane? You can't live outside during a rainstorm let alone a hurricane and that season begins less than six months from now.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  132. Andrew Williams

    Before the kids are shipped all over the world,the UN should set up an emergency shelter in Haiti. Allow immediate family members and fellow Haitians that can,adopt the kids first. This assures that their heritage is kept in tack. Those remaining,can then go through the regular adoption process.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  133. Jennifer Page

    Jack, I ran an Orphange in Port-Au-Prince in the early 80's. I am recently laid off from the telecom industry and would love to go back down to Haiti to help organize any efforts with the oprhans. I know the culturem city, countryside and did speak the language when I was there. Please pass this note on to any organization that could use my "Haitian" experience.....thanks much, Jennifer

    January 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  134. Lucy Heyduk

    The US government should allow establishing foster homes in such a way that anybody who wants to be a temporary parent for the thousands of Haitian children could accomplish that without hassle or bureaucracy.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  135. trish

    There must be a list of americans who want to adopt. Let's start there and move that process along, encouraging those people to adopt haitain orphans. The rest of us need to rise up and see that these kids are adopted, not exploited. If we can not adopt a child ourselves, let us encourage others to do so. Many of us could support a child. Open your hearts and minds to the possibility of giving a life to a child who otherwise has no chance. Who knows the potential of these children? They are no different than our own.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  136. Martha, Florida

    Do you know who to contact for haitian adoptions? Are there any agencies specifically involved?

    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  137. Scott

    Well jack my first thought was the united nations needs to step in.

    but then I remembered that they cant do alomost nothing right and do

    everything half ass with no guts.

    These children need to go not just to the united states they need to be

    set up in hati with education shelter and all the basic needs for life.

    We cant save the world we need to help set these young minds for a

    brighter futher for hati

    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  138. Adoptive Parent

    We need for nobody to have a knee jerk reaction to the plight of the orphans. The WORST thing that could happen is to start shipping these kids out of their country.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  139. Javier

    let the independent charities and haitian government sort them out. It sounds bad, but it's just not our place.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  140. Lynette Ray

    I think the Haitian government should be helped in building/organising orphanages for the children. The US can help to build, fund and "man" those orphanages with teachers and administrators. Having been a foster child myself, I believe a good orphanage, well staffed with good funding, is better than a foster family.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  141. zoran

    whatever happened it must be in accordance with International legislation and UN Declaration of Children's rights from 1959 and 1989. worst scenario is to get them in institutions controlled by state or religious institution. place them asap with the families for foster care or adoption

    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  142. Amanda from Texas

    There are thousands of Americans that would like to adopt Haitian orphans. The vetting process for these parents should begin NOW. Then they should be allowed to adopt one of the children that was identified as an orphan before the quake. It is that simple. Start with the orphans we already know about! Our government needs to work with Haiti to find a way to make that happen.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  143. Steve Canada

    Every country has pledged money, troops and people to help. Perhaps a pledge to take orphans into their respective countries would help. Canada (my country) and all the others could offer safe haven to these poor children. This has to be a focus..Use the donated money towards putting a poverty ravished population to work rebuilding their schools, homes, and ruined cities..

    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  144. Patti, New York

    We should get them to a safe place first-in the U.S. or another place where they can have medical care, food and stability in the short term. Then every attempt to try to find family members willing to care for them should be made. In an ideal world these children should be able to return to Haiti to be with family, however, they should not be relegated to a life with out a family of their own on a principal that is not in line with our actual world. We can not blindly say that any child is better of here or in Haiti. The world is not that simple. Western paternalism is just as detrimental when we blindly determine that Haitian children are better off staying in Haiti regardless of their individual options, as it is when we insinuate that Haitians are not capable of raising their own children or that Americans could do a better job. Each case needs to be considered in light of the options available to each child with preference given to a safe loving home in their own country.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  145. John

    What happened to the hundreds of thousands of orphans from Korea in the aftermath of the Korean War? Many of them were adopted by American households and are now leading productive lives as U.S. citizens. Adoption is a answer.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  146. J. Sullivan

    I think nations should work together and form an agency that will find loving homes all over the world for these children and others like them.
    I would hope that nations could at least come together for the sake of children.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  147. Ben, Baton Rouge

    Everyone who attends a church even once a year must immediately adopt a Haitian orphan.

    Put your money where your mouths are.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  148. Jason Alexander

    As a father of 3 I'm deeply saddened by this. If we (the United States) have to open our borders to these children of the most horrific natural disaster in most of our lives. These children are going to need everything that we can give them. Mostley there going to need love and understanding. If we turn them away then we are partly to blame for what happens to them in the end.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  149. Maleka

    Why does it cost so much money to adopt them? Perhaps these orpahns might be able to get adopted in the US if there was'nt a high pricetag on them.


    January 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  150. Jack

    We have to help – and quick. There could be some Foster Parent/Adoption type authorizations given, that have the disclaimer later verification has to be made whether the child actually is an orphan; you know there will be a few problems.

    We simply have to start promoting worldwide population planning. The Catholic way won't cut it. We must send condoms along with the foodstuff.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  151. Faith Hoboken, NJ

    We need to get them all to safety, either in another part of Haiti in an orphanage or even in Dominican Republic. Once they can decipher which children do not have families, we should open up the means of adopting them. Make is easier and cheaper. I would love to open my home to a child or children, I have sent over 35 emails to CNN,Catholic Charities, and Haitian Adoption Agencies and still don't have an answer. I want to adopt or even foster, but don't know how.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  152. C Sander

    We need to lead the charge as a country to help all Haitians relocate. This country has languished under horrible conditions and now with the destruction it will be a decade before things will improve. We can't just leave people living in tents or shanty building for years, especially the children. Yes, We should spend money to stabilize, rescue and meet the immediate needs on the ground but next we should help people relocate to any country or countries with infrastructure and possible jobs to offer these victims a dignified opportunity to heal and put their lives back together.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  153. George

    Make sure that every child is adopted or out of harms way in THIS country before making a giant mistake and taking on these children from a country that didn't take care of them before the earthquake. Spend OUR money on teaching these people how to care for their young and if they can't to practice birth control.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  154. Cara

    Absolutely no question about it... Adoptions should be FAST-TRACKED! I've already seen on the State Department website pages warning people not to get their hopes up for adopting because of all the logistical issues etc. etc. This is Criminal! These children will die enmasse if the US and other countries don't design a new policy for this humanitarian crisis. I among so many others are ready NOW to open our homes to Haitian children. Normally adoptions can from Haiti can take up to 2 years. The time has come to change this ridiculous bureaucracy. I weep every day for the tragedy in Haiti. God Speed.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  155. linda meyer

    Dear Jack,
    The Haitian orphans should definately be transfered to countries and communities willing to take them in on a permanent humanitarian basis. Let these kids get adopted to good homes. As far as surviving family members still being in Haiti, what should happen is to have a photographic data base worldwide. All the countries these kids go to should take pictures and as much history as is available on these kids, to be posted online for a year. The families looking for these kids will have one year to claim them and then they can be put up for permanent adoption if noone come forward to claim them. The U N and the Hatian government need to work quickly to get these kids out of harms way. The sooner the better.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  156. Francesca Narcisse

    I've been hearing a lot of talk of peolpe being worried about children being adopted when they might still have family. there are 380,000 children already orphaned in my home country. . .I'm pretty certain that if they first allow adoption for those children who we already know have no where to turn it'll be more than enough time to find the families of the newly orphaned ones. and there will also be more space in haitian orphanages to place them.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  157. Rafael

    the U.S. and the international community should build more orphanages in Haiti this will start a new process, better tracking and processesing new paper work for adoptions...but clearly shipping them all over the world can leave room for errors and can also be catastrophic for the child.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  158. Ben, Baton Rouge

    Send them to France. After all, France made Haiti the country it is today.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  159. Mark Newell

    Yanking hundreds of thousands of children from their island home in Haiti is a last option if a worthwhile contribution is to be made to the future of the island. We should, instead, be providing them with stable homes in Haiti (even if we have to build them), new schools, decent health care, new job opportunities and be given a chance to grow up as educated citizens that will then turn Haiti away from greed, corruption and its current self-serving educated Haitian elite. This is the only way we eventually see rule of law and a true democracy on this benighted island.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  160. Barbara Magalnick

    After the Second World War, the many orphans who came to Israel were certainly arriving in a state of devastation and poor health. The solution was the kibbutz, where children all live together in the kibbutz community and all the adults on the kibbutz serve as their parents. It in fact would be a wonderful model for Haiti because it would help the country as well: setting up collective farms, a place where they could grow thier own food, take care of the children and sell produce as well as use whatever other skills they can discover or train among the adults, fofr example, teachers, healthcare workers, etc. It's a way to bridge the way back to recovery for the children and the country.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  161. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    I don't know what can be done for the Haitian orphans? Personally I hope they all get good homes. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who would want to exploit them in slave-labor factories and sexual trafficking. This desperate case spotlights the need for birth control and womens' right to choose to end a pregnancy. It would not be an issue if there were women's rights and services in Haiti. This should be a lesson to every male chauvinist who would deny a woman the right to choose.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  162. Brandon

    I think that all the rich musicians,moviestars,and ceo's in america should chip in and build a few huge orphanages somewhere that would provide food,medical needs , and education. I myself have lived just fine in america with an income of less than $25,000 a year.Why do athletes deserve 45 million dollars for a 2 year contract? There should be a law against being that wealthy.The gap between rich and poor is too vast.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  163. Ed Billeaud

    Jack, helping Haiti is the right thing to do. Having said that, like most poverty-stricken countries, Haiti would be better off if they could get population growth under control. More people who can't feed themselves or their children just makes things worse, including this disaster.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  164. Steve Morgret

    I'm sure there would be many loving and able US families that would step up and adopt Haitian orphans if much of the red tape and costs associated with many adoptions were altered/lowered, our family included. Should still do due
    diligence but not hinder/prohibit the adoptions with unreasonably lenghty/costly process.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  165. sosickandtired

    Sorry to sound cold and heartless, but with thousand of US orphans not being or can't be adopted becuase of bueracratic BS , we can't afford to care of them in an already overburdoned system. We need to take care of our own first because I don't se any other countries jumping in to help us.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  166. James Richard

    The problem isn't in the vetting of adopting families. The problem is in the inefficiencies on both the haitian and american ends of the adoption process. Having witnessed these issues first-hand i can say that with an efficient and thorough process handled by capable administrators many thousands of children can be brought into loving homes at a healthy pace, not the maddeningly slow trickle as is currently the case.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  167. June in Texas

    Adoption reform is now a must. The "red tape" has to go.... these are extreme circumstances. Many people including myself will now consider adoption or at the very least foster parenting and the "requirements" need to be softened. I recently learned that one adoption agency requires couple to be married more than 10 years, single women have to be over 35, and they can't have other children at home! This is absurd. I'm 50, married 3 years, and have one teenage child at home. Yet I have an empty bedroom, I'm financially sound, neither myself or my husband have any criminal history, and most importantly – we have room in our hearts to give a homeless child a home and a family. Yes – I understand that adoption is not without its risks – but what could possibly be worse for these kids than the hand that they have been dealt? Perhaps a system can be implemented with strict follow-up instead our rigorous screening that can drag on for years.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  168. Peter

    I think, that as much as possible, we should create conditions in Haiti that make it possible for the orphans to be raised with dignity in their own country, rather than disbursing them around the world. That doesn't mean, that we shouldn't take them in during this emergency.


    January 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  169. Allen in Minnesota

    Time to stop giving and start doing. Give a man a fish he eats for a day.

    Teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime.

    The corruption in most third world countrys makes a lot of that money wasted.

    Instead teach them to be proud , able and self sufficent and how to build a earthquake survivable home.

    If we didn't wait for things like this to happen, they wouldn't have no homes and familys.

    So my question in return is where are we before the damage happens?

    January 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  170. Chris

    Perhaps if gay couples were allowed to legally adopt across this nation many of these poor orphaned children could find a loving home.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  171. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    Jack, You mentioned that the Catholic Church is trying to bring a considerable number into the US. Maybe the Catholic Church should take responsibility for all Haitian children. They have the facilities & resources to handle all of them worldwide. They can maintain a database of all child victims and provide family members with a central source for information to locate lost children. The kids would also be safe from exploitation.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  172. Jim from Hawaii

    There is no solution so long as Haiti remains overpopulated and likely will continue to be. The problem is the direct fault and responsibility of the Vatican with it's policy on artificial birth control. Haiti is 95% Roman Catholic with Catholicism declared in its Constitution as the National Religion. That translates to Vatican interference in government attempts to hold family planning classes and distribute free birth control on a country wide scale. The same is true in other predominantly poor Catholic countries.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  173. Thom Richer

    The orphans of Haiti should be placed for adoption to the countries of the world with little or no red tape to hinder their placement with caring parent(s). The money factor should be eliminated and absorbed by the adoptive parent(s) governments. Profit from adoptions must be be not allowed and treated as a criminal act by those who attempt it. Adoptions must be swift and without delay of legal formalities. However, I realize this is an impossibility in this time of greed and apathy, rampant in most countries today. We can only hope for a human solution.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    January 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  174. Mason (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

    What the Haitian people have dealt with over the last week is absolutely heartbreaking. It is amazing to see how the American people have stepped up and took the initiative to help. Although this is heartwarming it is also very troubling. You ask what should happen to the Haitian orphans? What about the thousands of orphans we have in our own country? Americans need to wake up and get their priorities straight.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  175. Helen Canada

    Thanks the CNN for the prompt information about Haiti.
    All these children need some one to caddle them and give them love and hope.I am too old to addopt one but I am willing to take care until the proper Family is found,I can give them love,&hope for the future.
    Forget all the buroctracy and give these children a home.Canada is rushing the addoption procedures.
    I cried so much,and watched CNN Correspondent Ivan Watchon.
    This little girl trapped for 48 hours,her name was Anaika St.Louis.
    What a disapointment and tears I sed when she die just because she they could not take care of her.Ivan said,her last words were Mama do not let me die.
    We should not let any more children die,we should look after them.
    Thanks CNN

    January 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  176. Jim

    The orphans will be taken by the masses that want them. I'm glad some of the news is about the biggest story of the century instead of the constant barrage of Political nonsense. Enough all ready with the senate election and get to the news that people want.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  177. Air1

    The writing is on the wall. Our troops are going to have to do security in Haiti at some time sooner or later. The best thing to do is leave the orphans in the care that they already know. But start our security and aid efforts with them. And have Obama stay out of the Haitin baby snatching mode.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  178. Dave Murray

    I am sure that many people would love to adopt a Haitian child. However, due to the recession, many would need help in doing so. Is there a Plan for the Government to give financial assistance to those who do adopt? We need financial aid for education, food and housing. Time for the Government to step-up and invest in these children. Using some of the TARP money would be a great start.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  179. DestinyHarris

    I am a 20 year old College student who myself was adopted along with my siblings when our birth mother was unable to care for us. These orphans have no one. We ALL need to step up and do the humane thing. I am willing to adopt a baby.

    Destiny Harris

    January 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  180. Caroline

    My husband and I have three internationally adopted children, have gone through three thorough home studies detailing our suitability to parent, and anyone in our community would vouch for us. Fast-track us. We would adopt a Haitian orphan in a heartbeat.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  181. Jim - Michigan

    For all of you advocating that they be brought to the U.S. go out adopt an American child needing a home, then you can adopt a Haitian then you can go on Opara, visit with Hollywood and sport around your new status symbol.

    You are all fake, you act as if you care but were is your outpouring for the kids right here that need a home? Uh huh, that is what I thought. As for the media, when you get in front of the camera, tells us what you have done for American kids and then show us the Haitian kid you are adopting, let's start with you Jack, oh and Wolff, I am sure the two of you can take four or five each. Put actions behind your words or skip the story and stop the preaching.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  182. Dan Bushey

    The orphans in Haiti, are citizens of the country of Haiti. If these orphans are resettled in our country and other countries, then the FUTURE of Haiti, is lost. The future of a country, is their children!!

    If the U.S. suffered a similar natural disaster, would America allow our orphans to be adopted and resettled in foreign countries? No, we as U.S. citizens would NOT allow such ridiculous. Children, are the FUTURE of any country. It is counter-productive and destructive to the affected country, to REMOVE a country's children, for these orphans are citizens of Haiti, and ARE the FUTURE leaders of Haiti. Resettlement, is not necessary!! Dan Bushey Holiday, Florida

    January 20, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  183. Dana Rogers

    This is such a tradegy for this country and I feel that the children should be allowed to be adopted at a faster rate that what it usually takes for an international adoption. I am a social worker and I am aware of so many people that would be willing to adopt some of these children if there wasnt so much red tape they have to go through. There are already enough laws and rules and regulations to adopt within the US to ensure that a child will be free from harm. I feel that there should be an exception to the rule so these children can get out of there country and find a loving, caring home. I am in the final stages of being licensed to adopt a child and I would love to take a child from Haiti if it wouldn't take 3-4 years to have them in my home as my child.

    I've been fingerprinted twice, taken a 10 wk class, had someone come out to my home and have been CPR/First-Aid certified and all of this has taken approx. 7 months. I think a lot of families in the US would be willing to adopt if this process could be expedited for these children. I hope this is considered because these children are the ones suffering.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  184. Linda

    I think that the children should come to the US or other established countries. We all should help. With the money that is being collected the children can be taken care of. They should also use that money to start rebuilding. That way the children that still have family members can go back home and those that were left orphans can be built a nice home with care givers. Just think the cost of living their is very different than in other countries. But if people can adopt while the children are still in the US or other countries that can work too. I pray to God that the money that is being collected is going to the right place and not the pockets of those that are collecting the money. It would be ashame to know that people that already have are taking from children that may have had nothing before the earthquake and now for sure have nothing. God Bless all the Haitians and God Bless all the people that are there helping and all those that have donated.

    At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year's
    produce and store it in your towns, so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own)and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. DEU 14:28-29

    January 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  185. Mari Beth

    There are thousands of families in the US who would love to adopt, but do not have the $35,000 – $40,000 to adopt internationally. If adoption costs were lower, there would be a lot fewer children living in orphanages world-wide. If our government could work out a plan with the Haitian government to allow US citizens who are desperate to be parents adopt with reasonable fees, these children would be able to find loving homes!

    January 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  186. lbbinion

    With death as the loaming
    available option for millions of Haitians,immediate screening to certify and release children to the world for adoption is the best choice. In this horrible earthquake circumstance, perfection is not an option.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  187. Roque Rodriguez

    I am immigration Attorney in DR. Please beware that taking children without knowing the whereabouts of their parents, could be more traumatic than the quake. I am seeing lots of humanitarian americans who want to adopt haitian children, which is very nice but someone should use some kind of filter, so no additional damage can be done on those poor souls. The adoption law in Haiti is very strict about who qualifies for adoption and just because the lack the institutions to issue those adoptions, should not be an excuse for mass adoptions.

    Roque Rodriguez, Santo Domingo, DR

    January 20, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
  188. Nora

    They are native Hatians and they should remain in Haiti, but it is unsafe. Relocate them until other orphanages can be built. Then bring them back. Let those who want to addopt them do so...enough with the red tape. Orphaned children suffer more because of RED TAPE.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  189. Janet C

    There are 500,000 foster kids within the US foster care systerm lingering, so can we possibly bring in more? That is not being kind to the Hatian kids to bring them to a foreign land only being left in a terrible foster care system.

    As far as adoption goes, let's pray that these Hatian orphans don't become the next mega profit center for the adoption "industry" in the U.S. The last time I checked, international adoptions now are more about money and profits for these agencies at a total cost $20,000 to $30,000 USD per adoption to the adoptive parents. Unless most of the adoption fees are being explicitly waived, I will always be suspecious of any agency pushing for adoptions right now. Any money made out of these Hatian adoptions is blood money.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  190. michele

    God loves children..We are suppose to take care of orphans and the elderly...
    I think there are many families that would love to adopt these children, but don't have the financial means upfront to do so..I am one of those people...
    Bring these children to the U.S and make it possible for families like ours who would love to give these precious children hope..

    auburn, Indiana

    January 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  191. Martha Feil

    About the orphans: Get them out of Haiti immediately on military aircraft, charter, or commercial flights. Before departure set up a rapid and brief documentation system to include a photo and name (if available). I can't believe that there are not thousands of people in the US who are not willing to temporarily foster these children until the Haitian government can locate any surviving relatives. Each state has the equivalent of a Dept. of Human Services (usually located in the capital). All of these facilities are really strapped for funds however if some of this aid money could be funneled to these state DHS then they can facilitate the fostering or permanent adoptions of these children. Each state DHS currently handles fostering and adoptions, in cooperation with non-profit and religious organizations this is doable.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
  192. Nicole

    My husband and I are interested in adopting from Haiti. Hopefully the adoption process will be shortened, but with caution. It is very important that these children end up in a happy and SAFE home. There is a very real danger of child trafficking (sex rings, etc.) if proper precaution's aren't taken.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  193. steve- virginia beach

    They should get lots of media attention to encourage people to adopt them and forget about as many as 4 million American orphans.

    I sincerely hope and pray for the best for all of them but we as a society also need to start looking out for our own at least as much as we look out for others in similar circumstances. We can look out for them and ourselves if we help Haiti to help themselves instead of automatically resorting to the welfare solution.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  194. kesly

    We cannot make the kids pay for the consequences of their bad governement,we have to take them of the street and bring them in a home but Jack this actual governement in haiti right now is the most incompetent one .I was in haiti this past july I was surprise to see the state of the city of Port-au-Prince while the people of this governement
    stealing from the country and building new homes for girlfriends while the people wakes up every day and doesn't not know how they are going to make it,the international community should not tolerate this to happen

    January 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  195. Caroline

    Let us adopt them!

    January 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  196. tanner

    asking for help is one thing and fine but it has come to the point where enough is enough every time you turn around someones got a damn bell and a hand shoved in your face asking you to donate to this and to that. STOP DONATEING!! and we need to stand up to our goverment and say no more. you know what grinds my gears america? YOU! fuck you!!

    January 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  197. Nora

    They are native Haitians and they should remain in Haiti, but it is unsafe. Relocate them until other orphanages can be built. Then bring them back. Let those who want to adopt them do so...enough with the red tape. Orphaned children suffer more because of RED TAPE.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  198. Paul Zerbe

    Take not only the orphans, but all the people. There is nothing left for the Haitian people. The world will be supporting them forever.

    The G 20 countries should take all the people as refugies. They deserve this after what was done to them for the last 100 years and the current government.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  199. Sylvie Brisson-McDougall

    I believe that the Netherlands did the decent thing ... took them only a few days to figure that one out.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
  200. Valerie Buck

    I know that people feel like we should address the orphans in our country first, but the children in our country have a bed to sleep in, medical care when they need it, and a roof over their heads. The Hatian orphans have nothing, I agree that the adults should stay put, but we need to help these children.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm |

    There are going to be a lot of adults in Haiti that lost there children, so lets set up a center for these people to be able to adopt some of these poor children who lost there parents.
    Karen from SC

    January 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm |