GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) -- Holly and Dave Diemer are worriedabout whether their adopted daughter has enough to eat and drink.She remains in Haiti and has not been able to come to WestMichigan, despite an expedited adoption process for some.
Since the earthquake hit, 16-month-old Laudenia has been livingin a boxcar that has been converted to a makeshift nursey.
"She's seen a lot for someone who is 16 months old," HollyDiemer said. "I wouldn't wish that on anybody."
The Haitian government stopped adoptions for fear of childtrafficking. Now, before leaving, each child has to be approved byauthorities.
"This whole thing is a roller coaster of emotions," Dave Diemersaid. "You see those kids who have made it out and then you wonderwhy have some of them made it out and some haven't."
For the Diemers, this has meant about $2,000 in plane ticketsacross the country. First, they were told a flight with Laudenia onit might be able to leave Port-au-Prince to Colorado or Florida --but all those options amounted to nothing.
"(We're) just so excited to hold her, to have her here and to gofrom, 'OK, we'll have to go to Florida to do that, we can handlethat,' to coming home from Denver with an empty car seat -- it'sjust not having her here and not knowing when that's going tohappen," Holly Diemer told 24 Hour News 8 on Tuesday.
Nearly 500 orphans have been granted humanitarian parole toenter the United States, but many haven't left Haiti yet, accordingto the U.S. State Department.
Now Holly, Dave and their three children can only wait, look atpictures and pray.
"We love her," Holly Diemer said. "She's thought of. She's gottwo brothers and one sister that are waiting for her and keepasking when she's going to get here. But she's definitely loved andwe can't wait to see her."
The Diemers hope to learn more about when Laudenia may be ableto come to West Michigan in a Wednesday morning conferencecall.
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