Six Haitian Orphans Released, US Bound

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Six Haitian orphans who were detained over the weekend have been given the green light to head to the U.S. Adoptive parents will meet the children, aged 1 to 5, and four chaperones when they land in Miami, Florida today.

Haitian officials had detained the Cap-Haitien orphanage children on Saturday due to fears of child trafficking, according to The Associated Press. The recent case involving 10 American missionaries who tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the country without proper documentation has brought extra scrutiny to such cases.

Since Saturday, the U.S. ambassador in Haiti and Haiti's prime minister have been investigating the case and the documentation that the orphans had. Finding no foul play, the government handed over the six children to the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday. Later today, they'll be on U.S. soil.

Haiti's government halted new adoptions after the January 12 quake, according to The AP. But legal adoptions which were formalized before the earthquake have been allowed to go through.

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