Arrival Of Haiti Orphans Focuses Attention On American Children Waiting For Adoption

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Arrival of Haiti orphans focuses attention on American children waiting for adoptionAs the government flew some 50 orphans who survived the earthquake in Haiti to Pennsylvania for adoption, a state agency says there are thousands of American children waiting to find a family.

Acting Secretary of Public Welfare Harriet Dichter said that 3,000 Pennsylvania children are waiting for adoption and more than 20,000 live in foster care.

"While the plight of the Haitian orphans has attracted much attention, it is important to recognize the many other children for whom we are always working to find a supportive family and safe home environment," the secretary stated.

In addition to bringing orphaned children from the disaster-ravaged nation, the government has also relaxed immigration policies for Haiti nationals by announcing it would halt deportations of illegal immigrants.

Haitians who are in the U.S. illegally can now apply for "temporary protected status," which will allow them to stay and work in the country for the next 18 months.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said this will provide an indirect form of economic aid to Haiti through remittances sent home by immigrants working in the U.S.
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