GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - On Thursday night, some West Michigan families will be unitedwith their new children from Haiti.
The families had been in the adoption process before theearthquake, but, given the dire need now, those adoptions have beenpushed forward.
The families and the children will rendezvous in MiamiThursday night, and if all goes as planned, the children will be inMichigan Friday night with their new families.
It is part of an expedited effort to get as many orphans out ofHaiti as quickly as possible, to make room for new children who mayhave lost their parents and families in the earthquake.
There have been several rounds of these large lifts since theearthquake.
This is probably the largest - a total of 58 children from thesame orphanage in Haiti, God's Littlest Angels. The adoptions arebeing handled by Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, thelargest private international adoption agency in the country.
The children are being placed with families throughout thecountry.
A total of 14 children are coming to West Michigan for placementwith 12 families. Two of the adoptive parents spoke with 24 HourNews 8 shortly before they left for Miami, and both are ready.
"To think that she's actually going to be home in a couple ofdays, yeah, it just doesnt' seem like a reality because it's beenso long," said Kathy Baas.
Dawn Van Kuiken added, "It's been an emotional roller coaster.I'm really excited. It's hard to believe it's reallyhappening."
24 Hour News 8 will continue to follow the progress of the Haitiadoptees.
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A gallon of unleaded gasoline is being sold for less than $3 at some stations in West Michigan.
Temperatures in West Michigan are expected to drop dramatically over the course of the next few days.