Haiti’s Orphans – Should Adoption Processes Be Bypassed?

by John McAlister
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haiti_salvationarmy_orphanFor newly orphaned children wandering the streets of Haiti’s capital begging for food, new life sounds like a dream come true. But agencies trying to evacuate children whose parents died in last week’s earthquake have been criticised for bypassing proper adoption processes to rush them to families abroad.

Children’s advocacy groups warn against new procedures in the face of an emergency. They say disasters create a free-for-all in which thousands of children are airlifted to nations without their family background being properly checked. Aid groups worry about children whose parents or other relatives still may be alive.

Your thoughts? Is bypassing proper adoption processes the right thing to do?