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Maine agency says Haitian adoptions on hold

FILE-This Jan. 19, 2010 file photo shows the first of 53 Haitian orphans, whose orphanage was destroyed by last week's massive earthquake, being carried off an Air Force plane at Pittsburgh International Airport Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 in Imperial, Pa. The orphans will be taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for medical care and be placed in group homes until their adoptions are finalized. Many Americans have been expressing interest in adopting children who have been left orphans from the quake last week, with international adoption agencies reporting dozens of calls a day. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar,File)

WATERVILLE, Maine — Adoption agencies around the country are being swamped with inquiries about Haitian children, and a Maine agency says it’s received its share of calls.

The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, a nonprofit that operates Maine’s longest-running adoption program, says many callers think children victimized by the Jan. 12 earthquake are immediately available. But the agency’s Caroline Hutchinson says that at this time, no new adoptions are being processed in Haiti.

Hutchinson says news reports of orphaned Haitian children arriving in the United States the week after the quake gave an impression that Haitian children are immediately available for adoption. But she says many of those children were already in the final stages of being adopted.

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