Haitian Orphans Start Arriving in Canada

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24 Haitian Orphans, the first group of children to have their adoptions fast-tracked since the earthquake in Haiti 12 days ago, arrived Ottawa on Sunday

Some of the youngest children were wrapped in blue blankets to protect them from the cold as they were carried off the plane around 7:30 a.m. ET. The children range in age from 11 months to eight years old.

Fifteen are to be resettled with families in Quebec, while the rest will travel to destinations elsewhere in Canada.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said people adopting the children were contacted this weekend about the arrival.

He said about 90 children who lost parents in the earthquake have been approved by Haitian authorities to live with families in Canada, and more of the orphans will be brought to Canada in the coming days.

Between 50 and 60 orphans were supposed to be on Sunday’s commercial flight, but an orphanage caring for them in Haiti wasn’t yet prepared to turn them over.

The minister said it was touching to see the adoptive parents at the airport, including a man from Victoria who had brought his son and two daughters to meet their new sibling.

“We’re delighted that this initial group has come here safely and successfully. All of the kids appear to be healthy — and I think a little bit unnerved by the cold Canadian winter,” he said.

Last week, the federal government took steps to fast track adoptions already in the works before this month’s earthquake in Haiti.

The Adoption Council of Canada has said it has received an overwhelming number of inquiries about how people can best help Haitian children, and the potential for adoption.

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