The media has been covering a story about a group of Americans from a church group who attempted to “rescue” 33 Haitian children from an orphanage. The ten Americans are now under arrest for illegally attempting to take the children across the border of Haiti.
It looks as if this group of people was well-intentioned and only trying to help. However, this situation does bring to light the vulnerability of children in Haiti as the country attempts to slowly rebuild itself. There is a huge concern that some children are already being trafficked and sold.
As much as many people would like to help these children, it is imperative that they be “processed” through proper channels. Both Haiti and the U.S. have very clear guidelines that must be followed before a child can be legally adopted. Let’s hope the world understands why a church group taking children across the border really is a big deal.