Some people are trying to use the earthquake in Haiti as an excuse for a mass snatching of children for the adoption mill. I'm not even going to try to compete with the stellar coverage of other bloggers, so read on to learn about Operation Pedro Pan from the 1960s and how it is being replayed today.
- Bastardette: Haiti Child Evacuation: A New Operation Pedro Pan?
- Bastardette: Haiti: Misc. Updates On Adoption And Pat Robertson
- Bastardette: Haiti: Operation Pierre Pan Postponed; Politicans Pander
- FirstMotherForum: When Disaster Strikes, Adoption Is Sure To Follow
- FirstMotherForum: What Of The Children In Haitian Orphanages?
- Family Preservation: Reputable Ways To Help The Children Of Haiti And Their Families
- AmyAdoptee: Haitian Adoptions In Trouble After The Earthquake
- Baby Love Child: Haiti's Children And The American Adoption Market
- Motherhood Deleted: Heeere We Go, Again / Orphan Bonanza
The answer to this horrific tragedy is not to take these children from their culture, but to reunite them with extended family wherever possible and help Haiti as a whole regain its footing. I can't say it any better than Bastardette:
We do not object to Haitian children, orphans and otherwise, being sent to credible and documented parents or family members in the US legally for temporary or permanent care depending on the circumstances. We do object to the unethical and possibly unlawful mass transfer of traumatized children, many with family status unknown, to foreign shelters and foster care, removed from their culture and language, with little hope of reunification. We also object to children being used as commercialized foreign policy pawns. Although Pedro Pan had positive outcomes for some, its intent and motives make it an illegitimate model for today's Haitian earthquake child victims. Cold War politics destroyed Cuban families. Unchecked adoption industry greed, pap entitlement, and soft neo-colonial foreign policy cannot be permitted to disenfranchise a generation Haitian children.