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Haitian-American Nurse in Homestead Seeking Custody of Adoptive Baby in Haiti

01-20-2010

Baby could arrive in U.S. under Humanitarian Parole Policy for Haitian Orphans announced by Department of Homeland Security

Pascale Francis, a registered nurse at Homestead Hospital, hopes to unite soon with the orphan baby in Haiti she was in the process of adopting when the earthquake hit.  Four-month old Charles Pascal (“Charly”) is being cared for by Francis’ relatives in Delmas, Haiti, where they have sought refuge from their damaged home in Christ Roi, Haiti.

“I am extremely thankful that Charly is alive, while at the same time deeply saddened by the tremendous loss of life in my homeland,” Ms. Francis said.  “As a Haitian-American, words cannot express the heartfelt gratitude that I have for the U.S. and entire world for helping and showing their love and support during our tragedy.  I pray God that I will be able to bring Charly home as soon as possible.”

Pascale and her husband, Jacques, started the process to adopt Charly when he was born in Haiti last August. Pascale has visited Charly three times since, including a trip in late December accompanied by husband Jacques and their daughter, Lourdes-Miah, 3, whom they adopted from Haiti in 2008.
 
On Jan. 18, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, in coordination with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), announced a humanitarian parole policy allowing orphaned children from Haiti to enter the United States temporarily on an individual basis to ensure that they receive the care they need—as part of the U.S. government’s ongoing support of international recovery efforts after last week’s earthquake.

In addition to the humanitarian parole policy, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart’s office is working with U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) on the Francis’ behalf to facilitate Charly’s evacuation from Haiti and reunion in Homestead with his adoptive parents and older sister.  

The youngest of 16 children born and raised in Haiti, Pascale Francis emigrated to the U.S. in 1990.  Her uncle and aunt were killed in the earthquake.  Her two brothers and one sister who live in Haiti survived without any injuries.

To arrange an interview with Ms. Francis, contact Tanya Walton, Homestead Hospital Public Relations, at 786-243-8664 or tanyaw@baptisthealth.net.



Contact: Tanya Walton, 786-243-8664, tanyaw@baptisthealth.net

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