The other day, one of the local stations here in Haiti (96.5 FM) had a show where they were discussing the situation of children in Haiti and this discussion included international adoption.
On June 14th (or thereabout that date) is the "Day of the Child" and that is what prompted the topic of the show. The current IBESR Director, Madam Pierre, was supposed to have participated in the show, but she was a "no show". The show hosts did not take kindly to that.
During the discussion, the participants pointed out that there are homeless and parentless children living on the street (in the ravines and gutters) on their own, they get murdered and nobody seems to care about what happens to them.
Participants reiterated that children deserve a loving family where they are educated and taken care of. That brought up international adoption and the consent on the show was that it is in the best interest of the children especially since there are no families in Haiti that can, want or will adopt the children who need homes.
The consent seemed to be that if there is a willing family, not matter where, as long as they will properly love and care for the child, then that family should be able to adopt the child.
I was so glad that this was the opinion of the participants of the radio show and the VIP guests that participated in the discussion. With UNICEF meddling in adoptions, and with their anti-adoption stance, often you hear that the children should stay in their home countries and that there really should not be international adoption.
UNICEF has been heavily involved with IBESR and the result that I have observed is that now the IBESR employees have fancy SUV vehicles that they can utitilize, but that has not improved the lot of the children here. There is no government financing of child welfare that is making any sort of observable impact.
Most people cannot imagine the circumstances so many of the Haitian children have to live in. We just had an adoptive mom visit and she said that she could never have imagined it without having seen it first hand just how horrible many of the conditions are for the children.
Haitians love their children, but when one person has limited resources for their own family, how can they step up and help the other children? It is not possible...