Maine agency says Haitian adoptions on hold

Posted Feb. 10, 2010, at 6:24 a.m.

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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