Some may be surprised to hear me say that this is good news. Especially at a time such as this when the images of children, injured and orphaned, are all that we can think about. To know that there are good people ready to open their hearts and their homes to them makes it particularly tough to swallow. But it’s true. I’m very happy that the Haiti adoption process is being deliberately delayed.
The simple answer is because, if given a choice, I’d rather a child be orphaned on the streets of an earthquake shattered island than be handed over to a pedophile or human traffickers who will sell the child to one.
Human Trafficking is a Real Threat to Haiti Adoption Decisions
Lest you think that I’m being paranoid, let me remind you of little Shaniya Davis who, just months ago, was allegedly sold to traffickers by her own mother. If an American mother will do this to her own child, we cannot afford to doubt the UNNICEF Ireland warning about traffickers who prey on disasters, such as the recent Haiti earthquake, to obtain victims.
Besides this, as reported in this NPR article about Haiti adoption plans being delayed, as authorities search for surviving parents and other relatives, it is simply the right thing to do. It is far too soon to know for sure if these children are actually orphans or even if there are surviving family members able to care for them.
Haiti Adoption Authorities Face Tough Decisions
As much as I want to see these children comforted and cared for, I want to also know that they are safe and that their best interest is being served. I’m sure this isn’t an easy choice for authorities to make, but I applaud them for it’s the right thing to do.
What do you think? If it were your child, what would you want authorities to do?