Senators push for updated adoption policies

WASHINGTON (WAFB) - Republican and Democratic senators are urging the U.S. government to update their policies on orphaned children following the disaster in Haiti.

In her appeal, Senator Mary Landrieu said the American system is not perfect, but more needs to be done to help Haiti place kids into permanent homes.

"Just like our government is trying to work with the Haitian government to rebuild better, to rebuild stronger buildings, better infrastructure," said Landrieu, "we want to work on a better child care policy, a better orphan policy than was present before this earthquake."

Prior to the earthquake, Haiti already had a high rate of orphans.  Since then, those numbers have multiplied.

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