Families hoping for accelerated adoption process

By: Lizz Marrs Email
By: Lizz Marrs Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The devastation and desperation in Haiti has local families trying to speed up the adoption process.

Three local families have been trying to adopt children from Haiti and are now, since the earthquake, they're focused on getting them out of the country as soon as possible.

The families say the know their kids are alive and safe, but that's not enough. They want the children out of the horror in Haiti and here in a loving home.

The Yamaguchi Family is hoping to adopt 10-year-old Guerdie sooner than planned. The same goes for the Eddin Family that is in the process of adopting the children from Haiti.

Kirk Yamaguchi says, "We just want to get her here where it's safe."

Both families are worried about their potential children living in bad conditions and they want them out of harm's way. Yamaguchi says, "Fortunately, we know they are getting the attention they need now but there's the concern of continual care, of disease, lack of water, lack of resources."

Although neither family has seen pictures or talked to the kids in the orphanage, Jennifer Eddin says, "I caught a glimpse of two of the boys last night on Fox News. I have yet to see their sister, but we have heard that all of the kids are OK."

Yamaguchi says, "The hang up now is the State Department needs to give the OK for humanitarian paroles for kids to come home with out paperwork." He says he's heard the President of Haiti has agreed to allow for all kids already in the adoption process to go to their new families immediately.

Now, Yamaguchi is begging for the community's help. "We are asking everybody and their dog to send a note or call Hillary Clinton's office and say please let these kids go."

To contact the Department of State call 1-888-407-4747 or e-mail them at askci@state.gov.

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