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A Sliver of Good News from Haiti: First Wave of Orphans Begin New Lives in U.S.

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A Sliver of Good News from Haiti: First Wave of Orphans Begin New Lives in U.S.

Finally, some good news has emerged from the rubble in Haiti:  Clutching toys and books, a group of 53 Haitian orphans landed in Pittsburgh this morning, the first wave to arrive after the United States loosened its policy on visa requirements to expedite adoptions that had already been under way for years.

Unfortunately, the new policy affects only 900 children whom the Haitian government had already identified as orphans, and whom adoption agencies had matched with couples in the United States.  Meanwhile, tens of thousands of children are believed to have been orphaned in the quake, and it’s not clear what’s going to happen to them.  Simply heartbreaking.

I defy you to watch this video of the beautiful children being united with their adoptive parents (and of the orphans sleeping on the ground in Haiti), and not shed a few tears.  For once I’m glad I didn’t have the energy to put on mascara today…

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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