I was reading Tara’s post tonight when I was struck by some interesting facts that I had not really thought much about.  I was surprised that I did not know how low these numbers were…  Many people have different opinions as far as adoption goes and adopting from other countries.  Some organizations don’t encourage it because they feel it’s removing the leadership of the next generation to help the country and would rather keep children institutionalized. 

In 2007- 191 children left Haiti to become Americans
In 2008- 301
In 2009- 330
After the EQ 2010 – approximately 900 children left on Humanitarian Parole, seeking adoption and citizenship in the USA.

Take into account that most children stay with their families and are never abandoned. Then estimate that there are somewhere near 500,000 children institutionalized in Haiti. If 300 leave – or – even if ten times that many leave in a year – no one is removing the next generation. Not by any stretch of the imagination. The only thing happening is that a microscopic little band-aid is being placed on a massive gushing wound.

Check out the full post she did here.