She shares her story with Essence.
For the past two weeks, we have been bringing you stories of the many Americans who are adopting children from Haiti. Over the weekend, Mom to 14 Sarah was finally able to bring her 4-year-old son Isaac home. What great news!
Today, Essence spoke with Kristin Heaton, another mom who adopted from Haiti. We were riveted by her compelling story.
Essence.com: You started the adoption process in 2006? So you'd been to Haiti to see the little girls you wanted to adopt?
KRISTIN HEATON: It is a heart-wrenching process -- and I have been to visit Haiti 11 times since 2006. There is a lot of red tape and procedural systems you have to endure to adopt these children. When I would visit and see so many sick little children in orphanages, or wandering around without clothes or food, I started the process to adopt one child -- and ended up going through all of the procedures to adopt two little girls -- Bettania and Dieunette, who are now seven years old and two years old.
Essence.com: When you heard the earthquake struck Haiti, did you fear Bettania and Dieunette were dead?
HEATON: Absolutely. I would see the devastation on CNN and just pray and pray that they were somehow saved. I wanted to fly there right away, and there was no way to even get there. I went for what seemed like forever with no information on whether they were dead or alive. My husband and I got a call from one of the authorities in the United States who thought the girls were alive, but there was no way we could go there and they couldn't tell us for certain. [We knew] several orphans had survived the quake.
To read the complete story, go to Essence.com.
We are so thrilled these kids are finally coming home!