Adopting from Haiti? Watch Out for Red Tape

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Six U.S.-bound orphans from Haiti finally made their way to the United States Wednesday, after having been seized by Haitian policed, despite having their papers in order.

Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, is calling on the U.S. government to clear the red tape to allow Haitian more adoptions. She spoke with CBN News on what people considering adopting from Haiti should do. Click play for her comments.

"They were unbelievably excited to be going home," said Maria O'Donovan, field director for the orphanage in northern Haiti that arranged the adoptions. The children were singing songs on the way to the airport, she said.

"I was just so relieved to see the plane take off," she said. "I'm so excited for their parents. They just kept singing and playing. They were so happy."

The seizure of the orphans Saturday and the brief detention of their escorts came amid fears that foreigners are illegally taking children from the country.  A group of 20 Haitian men had attacked the escorts, saying, "These are Haitian babies. You cannot take them. You are child trafficking."

*Original broadcast February 24, 2010.

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