Family welcomes children from Haiti

Posted Jan. 27, 2010, at 8:37 p.m.

A Pittsfield couple who traveled to Haiti last weekend to adopt two children will host a public open house and baby shower this Sunday to welcome their new family members to the community.

Amanda and Jediah Logiodice flew to Haiti on Sunday to complete the paperwork and bring home 1-year-old David and 5-year-old Christella, children they have been in the process of adopting from a Port-au-Prince orphanage for more than a year.

The His Home for Children orphanage was badly damaged in the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, but no injuries were reported. The Logiodices, who gathered essential relief supplies from the Pittsfield area and shipped them to the orphanage, were featured in a Jan. 19 story in the Bangor Daily News.

Family friend Liana Walker of Pittsfield said Wednesday that the Logiodices were expected to fly into Portland with the two children Wednesday night and were looking forward to returning home and reuniting with their three biological children — Donovan, 8, Braeden, 5 and Bella, 4.

Walker said the family will all be present at the open house on Sunday.

“All the children will be there to allow the community to meet them,” she said. “I asked Amanda if she didn’t want to wait a couple of weeks before having the open house, but she really wants them to see that they are part of a larger community.”

The Logiodice family does not need a crib or other baby furnishings, Walker said, but would welcome age-appropriate clothing and smaller gifts for the children.

The open house and shower will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Elks Club just off Main Street in Pittsfield.

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