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Haiti- Tomas approaches

I don’t have a lot to say right now.
Tomas is bearing down on Haiti and while it’s not the absolute worst case scenario, even a Tropical Storm or Cat 1 stands to be horrible enough.
This is going to be bad.
Haiti’s million plus living under tarps and in tents face the additional pressure of potential forced [...]

Haitian child trafficking to the Dominican Republic- “the trafficking of minors has skyrocketed”

The Miami Herald has done an important investigative series concerning the ease with which Haitian children have been smuggled across the border into the Dominican Republic in the wake of the earthquake.
While the reports focus on the porous border in terms of child trafficking for purposes of house slave or shoe shine boy labor, begging, [...]

Haiti. Cholera.

Sorrow, such deep sorrow.
Sorrow because I pay attention, and I write what little I can get words around.
Yet at the same time,
I am angry.
Usually, I have a great deal to say.
Today, I almost feel done with words. (For the moment at least.)
Every time I try to string words together about this, I end up erasing [...]

Meanwhile, in Haiti…

American attention has by and large drifted elsewhere, other than the ongoing background hum of the puff pieces in local papers about evangelicals “raising funds for orphanages” and the like.
But the adoption industry has certainly not forgotten Haiti.
In the post-quake grab and go period United Adoptees International tried to compile some basic statistics about the [...]

Charges *NOT* dropped against American Baptist Missionaries, despite Thursday’s reports

Well, it’s early Saturday morning and just when I sit down to write about one of the major events of the last week, we run headlong into yet another example of events moving faster than I can blog.
Last Thursday, as a result of actions taken by the State Department, numerous media outlets reported that the [...]

High profile “Baby Jenny” (or “baby Jean”) manages to avoid an American adoption, set to be returned to parents

It’s taken me a few days, but this post has been brewing for some time now.
Baby Jean or Baby Jenny’s journey makes for a kind of a real case study in just how much of the South Florida child care system has been outsourced to a variety of religious subcontractors, and how despite how these [...]

Haiti- The 33 New Life missionaries collected kids to be reunited with their families

The kids the New Life missionary scavengers attempted to bus from Citron and  Calebasse to the Dominican Republic have been staying in an SOS Children’s Village  since January 30th, the day after the aborted child export attempt on Jan 29th.
Today news came that the kids will be returned to their families. According to the release [...]

Several of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s recent pieces relating to Ethiopian adoptions

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC’s) Foreign Correspondent programe did a special report on corruption in American adoptions from Ethiopia last Autumn which featured Christian World Adoption Agency (be sure to note that CWA’s Founder, Tomilee Harding, is a former President of the Joint Council of International Children’s Services):
Fly Away Children, Broadcast: 09/15/2009
In Australia, due to [...]

Haiti- New Charge brought against Laura Silsby, “organization of irregular trips”

(Blog housekeeping note- Doing multiple posts today, please read down through my previous post as well.)
An important new development out of Haiti today, Laura Silsby, “Executive Director and Founder” of New Life Chidren’s Refuge and its botched “Haiti Orphan Rescue Plan” (link opens a PDF) is facing an additional charge tonight.
She is already facing kidnapping [...]

Charisa Coulter, “VP and co-founder” of New Life Children’s Refuge released from Jail in Haiti

As I wrote last Friday, see Charisa Coulter’s release papers signed, Silsby becomes a useful scapegoat, it was clear her release would most likely happen today.
Not exactly surprising, especially considering her medical condition.
(How insane do you have to be to be diabetic and yet run off to a post earthquake disaster zone where access to [...]