By: Erin Davoran
Produced & Edited by: Erica King
Before being a convention process, adoption agencies worked closely with, and some even managed orphanages in Haiti and were heavily involved with the matching process.
|Aid relief for Haitian children at an orphanage. | Photo cred: Wikimedia|
Adoptions of Haitian orphans were also affected by the 2010 earthquake. Before the earthquake, there were an estimated 380,000 orphans in Haiti and as many as a million after the natural disaster, wrote John Seabrook of The New Yorker who adopted a daughter from Haiti during the natural disaster.
According to the CIA World Factbook, the country’s population is around 10 million. A third of the population is under the age of 15. Because of the earthquake, some adoptions went through quickly.
“They were able to come immediately. And so they skipped all that waiting which was great for them, but I was super jealous because we had just gone through like three years and had just gotten him home,” Mindy Horgan said.
“It changed how fast those people worked through the process which was probably great for the kids because the worst thing about that process – three, four, five years in an orphanage, that’s ridiculous when you know what the end result’s going to be,” she said. “It’s just stupid to make those kids sit in that limbo. It just adds like a whole other piece to an already traumatic transition."
Noah described the current situation as a state of limbo as well.
"It’s not that it can’t be done, it’s just takes longer and is a little more complicated to do,” Noah said of the new adoption process. As for when IBESR will start matching families? Noah said no one knows.