Just over a year after bringing two new members into the family, Dave and Andrea Vanderhoff of Pella say everything has gone more smoothly than they could have hoped after adopting a brother and sister from Haiti.
The adoption of a Haitian girl who was rescued by her adoptive parents from Port-au-Prince, Haiti just days after this January’s devastating earthquake was recognized with a ceremony this past Wednesday.
An adoption ceremony was held Wednesday morning in Knoxville for the Haitian daughter of a Pella couple who was rescued from Haiti in the days following the deadly earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince in January.
Stories about the number of orphans in Haiti that were stuck in the aftermath of the earthquake drew national attention to the potential options for inter-country adoptions, but there is also a need for adoptions within the United States as well.
A week after a series of earthquakes devastated Port-au-Prince, five Haitian children finally found themselves in the arms of their adoptive parents last Tuesday night at the Pella Municipal Airport.
A whirlwind seven-day span for the adopted children of three Pella families came to an emotional and exciting climax Tuesday night, ending with the five Haitian orphans getting to sleep in their new homes for the first time.
A support network of family and friends have rallied around the three Pella families who are trying to get their adopted children out of Port-au-Prince, Haiti; including support from the employer of one of the fathers.
Three families in Pella are breathing a little easier after learning that children they are adopting from an orphanage in Haiti are uninjured following last week’s deadly earthquake; but the children’s struggles aren’t over.