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#2229: adoption question: Atkinson replies
From: Joan Atkinson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
Joan Atkinson, RN, MPH
Johns Hopkins University