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France Wants to Bring back 394 Adopted Haiti Children

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Over 300 French families are waiting for 394 adopted Haiti children while the judging process of Haitian authorities is underway, according to a press release on Thursday from the French Foreign Ministry.

Till now, the ministry has confirmed the adoption from 352 French families. Once the Haitian authorities finish the legal process of judgment, the concerned children will be transferred to France, ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.

Considering transport conditions and the different situation of each case, these Haiti orphans will arrive in France in different groups, Valero explained.

He said the first group would include 42 children whose paperwork was completed before the earthquake.

As Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States launched fast-track repatriation of children adopted in Haiti, France seems more prudent to take action.

Some anxious families called on the government to lift bureaucratic hurdles and speed up the adoption process, but the government argued that adequate vigilance was necessary to avoid identity errors.

(Xinhua News Agency January 22, 2010)