A Haiti adoption; a new chance in the U.S


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(CNN) -- Last year, before the Haitian tragedy receded from the headlines in America, many of the major stories focused on orphans.

Unfortunately, "Haitian orphans" evokes images of the Idaho Baptist missionaries accused of trying to take children with living parents off the streets of Port-au-Prince. This embarrassment overshadowed the legal adoption of hundreds of Haitian children under emergency provisions implemented by the U. S. State Department.

That success is what I saw last January at a Haitian orphanage that got 80 children to America in a dramatic military airlift. Now, reflecting back on that bittersweet experience, some questions about adoption remain.

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