A Pella family is anxiously awaiting information from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to find out if a child they are adopting from an orphanage there is safe, following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. Mandy Poulter tells KNIA/KRLS News that she and her husband Matt were less than a month away from having four-year-old Maya in Pella when the quake struck.
The Poulters are actually one of three Pella families in the process of adopting children from the same orphanage. Matt Poulter serves on the board of directors for the Central Texas Orphan Mission Alliance (CTOMA) and frequently visits the orphanage in Port-au-Prince to see Maya and work to find families for the other children.
Poulter says they’ve not been able to receive any word yet on the condition of the orphanage or children inside, but says Senator Tom Harkin’s office and the U.S. Government are working to hopefully find her little girl and safely transport her to the United States.