Daby Family Still Waiting for Haitian Adoption
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While aid continues to slowly make its way to those affected by last week's earthquake, the effort to get thousands of orphans out continues.
Sunday, YNN brought you the story of a Greece couple trying to bring two young children home they hope to soon adopt before things get worse.
The story has made national headlines, and as the family gets closer to bringing the children home, passing the time hasn't been easy.
For the past week, they have been waiting for word they can finally pick up their kids.
"We could see our kids as early as tomorrow. But that's 'could.' We could have seen them as early as two or three days ago. And we're still waiting," said Joshua Daby.
Josh and Elizabeth Daby were in the process of adopting 3-year-old Marie and 2-year-old Johnny from Haiti. Last week's earthquake put the adoption on hold.
"It's definitely been an insane week," Elizabeth said.
After reaching out to the state department, the Dabys learned the kids qualified for humanitarian visas. It seemed they were coming home until…
"They were turned away because of confusion about photo requirements for each child," Elizabeth explained.
The orphans are also waiting as the situation appears to get worse.
"Currently, as it stands, the kids are at the orphanage sleeping under the stars again. They can't go back to the orphanage for fear another aftershock will make it fall on them," said Josh.
The Dabys were able to reconnect with Marie and Johnny on television, thanks to live satellite feed provided by the Fox News channel.
"It was good to see them acting like kids. In the midst of trauma, in an earthquake, they were smiling, beating each other up with cardboard," Josh added.
A military cargo plane is ready to fly these orphans to an airport somewhere in Florida. No matter where they land, the Dabys say they will be there.
"Our suitcases are packed. They are sitting, ready to go. We already have a plan for where our other kids are going. Everyone's on standby waiting to just spring into action," Elizabeth said.
The Dabys have called their local congressional representatives and the state department so many times they have been politely asked to stop calling.
The couple has two biological children of its own. Both did humanitarian work in Haiti in the past, which is why it made so much sense to try to adopt there.