Rescuing Haiti’s Next Generation

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Professor Isabelle Chapuis-Alvarez, Hope College

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On January 12th, 2010 Haiti’s capital was unexpectedly struck with a disastrous 7.0 earthquake. It wiped out all shelter, hospitals and even the presidential palace. With more than 230,000 deaths, children were left to fend for themselves after this already traumatic experience. Not surprisingly, citizens from the United States jumped at the opportunity to help by means of adoption. With this situation came irreversible consequences. With governmental buildings that hold birth and family records destroyed, missionaries had no way of knowing which children had lost their parents, and which children had not. This research explores whether or not US adoptive families are a good fit for the children who lost their parents in the quake. This is only one of many ways to ensure that Haiti’s next generation will be better off.

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