HAITI: 'Adoption Not the Best Choice for Quake Orphans'
By A.D. McKenzie
PARIS, Jan 23, 2010 (IPS) - Thirty-three children from Haiti arrived in France to adoptive parents Friday evening, as charities and international organisations differed on whether adoptions should be speeded up or halted while the search for relatives continues.
Earlier in the week, France announced that it would expedite the entry of children who were already in the process of being adopted, and several non-government groups here have called for increased measures to bring Haitian children more quickly into France.
But the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and some aid agencies say there should be a moratorium on new adoptions, warning that vulnerable children could be at risk of trafficking or abuse, for instance. UNICEF said some 15 children had gone missing from hospitals in Haiti since the Jan. 12 earthquake. Read more here....