Adoptive family worried about their Haitian child

Adoptive family worried about their Haitian child

January 14, 2010 9:08:48 PM PST
Along with the thousands awaiting word from loved ones in Haiti are hundreds of families worried about babies they've adopted there.A Moore County family in the process of adopting a 1-year-old boy fears the earthquake could complicate bringing him home.

It's somewhat overwhelming for the Fraley family, but they learned Wednesday that their adoptive son-in-waiting survived the earthquake.

"Our little mans over there - you know - going through hell, and here we are just waiting," adoptive father Chris Fraley said.

"Whenever you have a child in a situation and you can't be there to help them, it's a horrible feeling, and I feel completely helpless," adoptive mother Amie Fraley said.

It's an experience every parent fears - your baby in harm's way and nothing you can do about it.

It's what the Fraley's felt Tuesday gazing at baby Jefferson's photos knowing his orphanage was near the devastation in Port-au-Prince.

"My mother-in-law called and said you need to turn the news there's been a horrible earthquake in Haiti, check it out," Amie Fraley said.

The family says they were glued to the TV until last night when they learned Jefferson, about 90 other kids and 20 workers at the Maison De Anges all made it out alive.

Several of the orphanages' buildings along with the pre-school and the playground were damaged.

"We got a phone call from the adoption agency letting us know that everything was OK, and I mean just, you're just elated," Chris Fraley said.

But the celebration was short-lived.

Each of the Fraley children including their youngest, Maya adopted from China, can't wait to meet Jefferson.

"Feels like almost, no end in sight, and able to be near him and get to go see him anytime soon because of everything that's happened." Amie Fraley said.

And with buildings and records now destroyed, the family says they fear the process will stall and they want law makers to step in.

"Bring the people from Haiti who make the decisions and for each step of the process and we could all get together at one point and get these children to their homes," Amie Fraley said.

There are a half a million orphans in Haiti, making up 13 percent of the population.

The concern now is their well being, the main reason the Fraley's and other parents want to rush the adoption process.

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