Haiti Q&A: The ethics of disaster adoption

Posted on January 20, 2010

Q. Is it ethical to relocate children from disaster zones? A. There are honourable precedents such as the Kindertransport programme. But children’s advocacy groups warn against mass airlifts of youngsters overseas in the wake of natural disasters… Given the chaotic state of communications in Haiti right now, a big fear is that some children may be shipped overseas without proper checks to see if any extended family members are alive.

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