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Haitian orphan finds home in Moore County

Posted January 16, 2011

— A young survivor of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti has found a happy home with his adopted family in Moore County.

Then 19-month-old Jefferson was living at the House of Angels Orphanage in Tabarre, Haiti, when the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit  on Jan. 12, 2010. His orphanage was badly damaged, but he survived.

Jefferson had already been selected for adoption by Amie Fraley, of Whispering Pines, and her husband, Chris, but he was still months away from coming to the United States.

The Fraleys pushed to speed up the adoption to bring him home.

"We knew everyone was safe after the earthquake, but you were hearing about the weather and the looters that were happening," Fraley said.

Next month, Jefferson will have been with the Fraleys, along with their two biological children and an adopted daughter from China, for a year.

His adoptive mother said he has the same interests as any boy – tractors, baseball and trains. He is going through the same changes as any toddler.

"He is working on potty training and the normal stuff 2-year-olds do," Fraley said.

In Haiti, his old orphanage hasn't been completely rebuilt yet.

"It's heartbreaking to think if he was still there," Fraley said.

His adoptive mother said that she looks forward to one day telling Jefferson the story of how he came to his American family.

"He had a family who was here and so excited to get him, and we were happy he was able to make it out of such a sad and dangerous situation," Fraley said.

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  • wavesofmercy7 Jan 18, 2:25 p.m.

    Everyone on this post is pretty selfish and morally wrong. A child is a child no matter the ethnicity or where ever the child comes from. An american child is no different than a child from africa, asia, middle east. It really shouldn't matter. What should matter is that the child is taken care of and loved just like a child that your naturally birthed. I'm sorry but you should take a step back and look at the comments you make.

  • imsirius Jan 18, 1:09 p.m.

    How many of you have adopted American children?

  • 2alegal Jan 17, 5:21 p.m.

    Its sad but our American children need the same qualities as those brought here. I hear all the time about this child or that child. Sad to be US born and alone.

  • delilahk2000 Jan 17, 4:09 p.m.

    HALEIBC, I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. THERE ARE SO MANY KIDS HERE THAT NEED FAMILIES AND YET THEY HAVE TO GO TO THERE COUNTRIES. IT COMES ACROSS TO ME AS TOKEN BABIES LIKE A FASHION TREND....

  • AF Flight Nurse Jan 17, 1:41 p.m.

    Thank you, Gingerlynn, for precisely capturing my experience as an applicant for adoption before our two were born. Many adoption agencies have VERY restrictive, non-adoption oriented practices and tendencies in their policies. They are pro-birth mother, keeping children in places where they may or may not experience a chance at life. We know; we tried. I wish haleibc all the best in her observations; she is right. You can't get an American orphan unless someone chooses to literally GIVE you their child, frequently out of desperation. We found Oklahoma to have the most "adoptive parent friendly" policies. Appreciate the wizened thoughts in this blog!

  • gingerlynn Jan 17, 12:20 p.m.

    The news would be that many American Adoption agencies do not allow adoptions outside of the child's ethnicity. Two couples we knew adopted children from China and Guatemala after their frequent requests to adopt ANY child regardless of ethnicity were turned down and there were no children of their own ethnicity available. (Like the mother in the picture)
    Sad to say there are willing adoptive parents but some very restrictive agencies in this country.

  • bluetarheel21 Jan 17, 11:28 a.m.

    Thank you SSSOOO much haleibc!! Those are my thoughts exactly! I have been saying for Lord knows how long that we need to worry about kids and families in our own backyard before we try and rescue everyone else's kids, charity starts at home and we need to save our own Country first!

  • chattycat Jan 17, 11:26 a.m.

    Really people??!! This is a happy story with a happy ending. Get a life!

  • nogade Jan 17, 11:18 a.m.

    Thank you HALEIBC, well said!!! My thoughts exactly!!!

  • haleibc Jan 17, 10:52 a.m.

    Are there no American orphan children needing homes or is it not news worthy.

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