Beyond the ongoing story of the group from the U.S. arrested for trying to take Haitian children to the Dominican Republic, news accounts have focused attention on the increasingly desperate circumstances of children in Haiti in need of medical care and those on the streets and in orphanages. In the New York Times, see Ian Urbina, “Paperwork Hinders Airlifts of Ill Haitian Children“ and Ginger Thompson, “Bleak Portrait of Haiti Orphanages Raises Fears.” The Times also has multimedia pages, including this slide show of orphanage photographs. In the Washington Post, there’s this AP story by Edith Lederer, “UNICEF Warns Against Haiti Child Smuggling.”
Since late January, the U.S. has been working in Haiti through U.S.AID on “Operation Proect Children,” a collaborative effort with the Haitian government, UNICEF, and other international and local partners to address the emergency and longer term needs of Haiti’s most vulnerable children. Current information on adoption of Haitian children is available on the State Department web site.