Jan 14, 2010 11:57 AM by James Jarman

Haitian orphanage's Colorado Springs office says kids are OK

An orphanage in Haiti has it's U-S headquarters based in Colorado Springs and they're fielding hundreds of concerned calls and emails.

Many of the calls to the group "God's Littlest Angels" are from adoptive parents who are concerned about their children in the orphanage.  The Haitian adoption process takes at least 2 years, but it's common for parents to know and often times visit the children they're adopting.    

"We just have been trying to take the calls and answer the emails as fast as we can," said Jean Bell, director of the agencies US office based in Colorado Springs.

The good news is the orphanage is in the mountains outside Port au Prince, and the orphanage is still standing.  All the children and employees are safe.

"We have a hundred babies in the main house, 0 to age 2," Bell said, "and in our toddler house we have 60-70 children up to age 6."

But there's another orphanage that roughly a dozen Pikes Peak region families are reportedly adopting kids from, and for those families getting information is painfully slow.     

"A wall had fallen on one of the workers and another one of the workers was injured in his eye," Ian Millar told us.  Millar says he and his wife are adopting 3 children from the orphanage Maison des Enfants de Dieu, which is in downtown Port au Prince. 

So far he says he and the other families have been told the kids there are safe, "but that was before the aftershocks so we don't know anything since then. We have not been able to get any information," he said.

The other big questions adoptive parents have is what the quake will mean for their adoption process.

"We definitely haven't lost hope," said Millar, "We definitely are hoping that we can get the children home and maybe even get them home sooner because of this crisis, we don't know. But considering all of the government buildings have collapsed we're fairly discouraged right now let's just put it that way."


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