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#2229: adoption question: Atkinson replies

From: Joan Atkinson <jatkins@jhsph.edu>

A friend forwarded this response to the adoption inquiry....

At 07:18 AM 2/8/00 -0500, you wrote:
>I recently adopted a Haitian child.  The law does state that the child must 
>be an orphan.  It also states that "a child with two living parents can meet 
>the definition of an orphan only through the disappearance of, abandonment, 
>or desertion by, separation or loss from, both parents."  I started the 
>process while both parents were alive, (one parent died during the
>I think that your best bet is to discuss the situation with an Haitian 
>attorney experienced in adoptions.  
>I found working with the INS here in Baltimore to be pretty straight
> I have not yet re-adopted here so I'm not sure about the difficiulty of
>but I hear it's also pretty straight forward.
>Good luck.

Joan Atkinson, RN, MPH
Research Associate
Johns Hopkins University
ph: (410)-614-0161