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Haitian children arrive in Frankfurt for adoption

DPA/The Local · 29 Jan 2010, 08:36

Published: 29 Jan 2010 08:36 GMT+01:00

The group arrived at the Frankfurt Airport on Thursday and were greeted by their new adoptive families, Koblenz-based daily Rhein Zeitung reported on Friday.

But six children had to be taken to a nearby hospital immediately, the paper said.

“They were weakened and dehydrated due to the results of the earthquake,” head of the adoption agency Help a Child, Bea Garnier-Merz, told the paper. “But considering the circumstances, all of the other children are doing quite well.”

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Help a Child had already been working with German families to adopt the children before the earthquake, but the process was sped up after the disaster to bring the children to safety as soon as possible.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

12:23 January 29, 2010 by The-ex-pat
I fully appreciate that help has to be given to Haiti, but is removing these children after only two weeks a bit hasty? I realise that infrastructure and documentation has been destroyed, but in such a short time scale how can we be really sure that some surviving relative is not in a position to be able to help or take the child in. Also adopted in two weeks, why is it so dam quick in this case, but the normal adoption process in Germany for childless couples is so dam slow that it is almost stagnant?
13:06 January 29, 2010 by FrankfurtMeOy
"Help a Child had already been working with German families to adopt the children before the earthquake, but the process was sped up after the disaster to bring the children to safety as soon as possible."

These children were already identified as orphans and matched with German families before the earthquake. They were waiting for final approval to bring them home when the earthquake hit. Adopting from Haiti was a 2-3 year process, so both the families and children had been waiting a long time to be united.

The US is not granting newly orphaned children visas, only children that were previously matched with families. Hopefully Germany has taken a similar position to prevent child trafficking.
19:31 January 29, 2010 by richard_vijay
To the editors:Look stop censoring everything I say.
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