Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 18th 2015 Contents The government has also closed
about 40 substandard orphanages and
added regulations to limit opportu-
nities for corruption within the sys-
"It has been too easy to adopt chil-
dren internationally here and in some
countries of Africa," said Kristine
Peduto, chief of the child protection
unit in Haiti for UNICEF.
"People were coming as if they were
coming to the market."
The new system requires counseling
for families considering giving children
up for international adoption that
explains they may never see their child
again, and a cooling-off period to
allow for a change of mind.
It requires social workers to try to
find a relative or even a neighbour
who could step in to help.
"The reforms are intended to keep
children with their families because
that is the best place for them," said
Arielle Jeanty Villedrouin, director-
general of the country s social services
Some proponents of international
adoption, however, feel the pendulum
may have swung too far in the opposite
The social services agency approved
653 adoptions last year, about half the
number approved annually before the
earthquake, and a small fraction of
the estimated 50,000 children in Hait-
ian orphanages, the vast majority of
whom have at least one living parent.
The quota "does not even come
close," to being sufficient for the many
children who could be adopted but
instead face a life in an orphanage, often
in grim conditions, said Diana Boni,
Haiti programme coordinator for All
Blessings International, one of 18 US
adoption agencies accredited by the
government to work in the country
under the new regulations.
"Thousands of children growing up
in institutions with no hope of a nor-
mal, healthy adulthood is a very unhap-
py prospect," said Boni, who lives in
South Dakota and has adopted five chil-
dren of her own in Haiti.
Prospective parents, meanwhile, wait
back in the US, Europe or Canada, the
places that account for most adoptions
from Haiti, and work through the more
regimented adoption process that typ-
ically takes about three years.
"It takes a lot of patience, a lot of
prayer," said Jill Sperling, a resident of
Orland Park, Illinois, who began the
adoption process in late 2013.
"I definitely feel that s the plan God
has for me, to be the mom for a little
boy from Haiti."
Sperling plans to arrange her adop-
tion through Bethany Christian Serv-
ices, a major US adoption agency which
believes it could place many more chil-
dren in loving US homes than currently
allowed under Haiti s new quota system.
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Golden Grove Road
The Airports Authority of Trinidad & Tobago (the "Authority") has revised its pre -- qualification
procedures to include an open registration process of updating Suppliers, Contractors and
Consultants interested in the supply of goods and the provision of services and works at the
All previously pre-qualified firms and individuals are invited to update their
registration information. New firms and individuals are also being invited to register
with the Authority.
Applicants may obtain the Registration Questionnaire from the Airport Administration Centres of
Piarco and A.N.R. Robinson International Airports. Documents will be available from May 25th
2015 at the respective Administrations Centres during working hours (8:00am to 4:00pm). The
Registration Questionnaire can also be downloaded from the Airports Authority web site at
The completed registration form must be submitted in sealed envelopes labelled:
"Application to Register as a Contractor" (Also state Category of Work).
and addressed to
Existing pre-qualified Firms/Individuals are advised to adhere to this invitation to
ensure that their status as contractor/ consultant is maintained.
Further information may be obtained from the Office of the General Manager at 669 5311ext 2101
or 2221 email at email@example.com
Invitation to Register or Update Registration
(As a Supplier/ Contractor/ Consultant
with the Airports Authority of
Trinidad & Tobago)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 18, 2015
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Anne-Marie Saintou shows pictures of her daughter Mikerline Boussicot, who she gave up for adoption,
inside her home in Arcahaie, Haiti. Saintou says she was led to believe her daughter would come home after
giving her up for adoption 12 years ago when Mikerline was three. AP PHOTO
40 inferior orphanages
closed by Haiti govt
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