Haiti: Change the adoption system now

    The images from CNN’s nightly coverage of Haiti are haunting me. Can’t get them out of my head.

    The 5-year-old boy pulled out of the rubble eight days after the earthquake. The woman lying outside the makeshift hospital, her foot amputated and her dead child lying next to her. The piles of bodies alongside the road and dumped into fields like garbage.

    And the orphans. My God, the orphans.

    I’m told it takes years and thousands of dollars for Americans to go through the adoption process to bring a Haitian child to America.

    That must change. And it must change now. Right now.

    Some brave American Congressman or Senator needs to stand up and stand out and propose emergency legislation to expedite and minimize the process by which dying Haitian orphans can be brought to loving families in the United States.

    Right now.

    Their lives are on the clock. Do it.

    Steve Jagler is executive editor of BizTimes Milwaukee.

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