Adoption in Haiti
Queen’s University professor Karen Dubinsky is available to discuss Ottawa’s announcement today to expedite some existing adoption cases involving Haitian children.
“Relocating children in massive numbers, immediately after a catastrophe, is an understandable humanitarian response. But historically, it has a mixed record, and carries tremendous risks,” says Dubinsky. “Children evacuated from England during the Second World War faced a real threat. In 1961, at least 12,000 Cuban parents put their children on airplanes to Miami in a campaign known as Operation Peter Pan. Once in U.S. orphanages and foster homes, Peter Pan children began the long wait for U.S./Cuban relations to normalize. They’re still waiting; over half of them grew to adulthood without their parents.”
Karen Dubinsky is a professor of Global Development Studies and History at Queen’s University. Her book about Operation Peter Pan, Babies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration Across the Americas, will be published by the University of Toronto Press in the spring.
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