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Haiti Adoption

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What's the best time to start a family? About 1:00 on a Monday morning. It feels great. At least according to nearly two dozen adoptive parents who spent two days at the Sanford Airport near Orlando waiting for this. It's all worth it in the end, all worth it. Excited. Wonderful. Complete. Complete now. Absolutely complete. The joy was in stark contrast to earlier when we found Katy Hansley at the end of her emotional rope. This has been a nightmare today. She's had less than four hours sleep in three days, and she's terrified she's losing the little girl she thought she saved from Haiti. Why are you holding on to our children when their lives are at risk and they just need their parents? Three-years-old Gracie arrived Saturday afternoon, on board a military transport from Port-au-Prince with 79 other orphans. More than 24 hours later, Katy and nearly two dozen other adoptive parents are still waiting to be united with their children. Federal officials say the children and their would-be parents have to go through a thorough documentation check. As the process moves slowly forward at the Orlando Sanford Airport, the children sleep and play on blankets on the floor in the customs area, cared for by Red Cross, TSA and customs officers, as well as medical personnel. Their waiting parents sleep on the floor in baggage claim. But late Sunday afternoon, the bureaucratic logjam broke, apparently after mounting political pressure as news of the orphan stalemate at the airport spread. As one parent put it, it was the worst of times that became the best of times. Something new mom Katy Hansley would agree with. I haven't splet in about 36 hours. But... she's here. So... I have to say it was still worth it. Federal officials admit there have been lessons learned in this long drawn-out ordeal, which is probably a good thing, because the next relief flight bound from Haiti with orphans on board is expected here later today.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 11 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: CNN
Director: CNN
Views: 950
Posted by: greenbo on Apr 24, 2010

Americans who want to adopt Haitian babies persevere

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