Orphans From Haiti Meet New Families in Utah

Orphans From Haiti Meet New Families in Utah

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(KSL News) Lots of smiles, tears and cheering at the airport this afternoon.

Nine orphans from Haiti arrived and met their new adoptive parents!

The Child's Hope Foundation organized this event today. Usually, parents who wish to adopt a child go to Haiti and stay at the Hope Foundation's adoption agency in order to get to know the child. But, because of political unrest in the country, the kids came here.

Tiffany and Jay McCarthy of Orem, who have three children, have adopted a 3-year-old named Jimmy. They met him last summer.

Tiffany McCarthy: "While we were down there we met Jimmy. We had no intention of adopting, but when we met him we just came home and said we have to help one of these kids."

This was pretty overwhelming for the children-- long flight; they don't speak any English.

Tonight, the families are all staying in a hotel, to give everyone a chance to adjust to each other before heading home, to start a brand new life.

Carl MacKay/ VP-GM, Child's Hope Foundation: "He has no idea how his life has changed in the last 24 hours, going from a country with incredible poverty, with 97 percent unemployment, to the opportunities here. To have a loving family in the United States, eventually a job and family, his life has just totally changed."

The children range in age from 1 to 7 years.

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