If you've seen news footage of Haitian children scared, lost, and in palpable danger, you may have felt the urge to reach out in the most personal way - to adopt and take a child out of poverty and crisis.
That urge to help could make the crisis in Haiti even more dangerous for children. A group of U.S. missionaries made headlines for allegedly attempting to traffic children across the Haitian border into the Dominican Republic.
Organizations that work with developing countries, now actively working to repair the damaged buildings and lives in Haiti following the devastating earthquake last month, say the best thing for the struggling country is to let the government and aid organizations help children, not to rush young Haitians out of the country.
And that process will likely take months.
"There is no way at this point in a crisis we can know whether these children are orphaned," says Amy Parodi, disaster communications manager for World Vision, a Christian relief andRead More »from When Helping Hurts: Why Adopting in Haiti Now Could Endanger Children