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French families adopt 318 Haitian children

What a great range of emotions as these Haitian children leave for their new homes in France. The first of two planes left Tuesday. Given the recent sensitivity about foreign adoptions in Haiti, this effort seems to be proceeding very smoothly so far.

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An adopted Haitian child looks out the window on the return flight to France on Dec. 22, 2010 in Port-au-Prince. French families arrived in Haiti to fetch a group of Haitian children they adopted in the wake of a devastating earthquake that ravaged the impoverished country nearly a year ago. The group of 105 parents is due to return to Paris with a first group of 113 children in time for Christmas. A total of 318 adopted Haitian children are included in a special program to bring them to France after disruptions caused by the earthquake.

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Adopted Haitian children board the return flight to France on Dec. 22, 2010 in Port-au-Prince. French families arrived in Haiti to fetch a group of Haitian children they adopted in the wake of a devastating earthquake that ravaged the impoverished country nearly a year ago. The group of 105 parents is due to return to Paris with a first group of 113 children in time for Christmas.

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French citizen Pascal Blondeau, 38, holds his Haitian adopted daughter Daudeline Desir in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Dec. 21, 2010. French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said Saturday that 318 children had been cleared for adoption and were being allowed to leave the Caribbean country, which is still reeling from a January earthquake and now experiencing a deadly cholera epidemic.

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A French woman and her adopted Haitian son weep on Dec. 22, 2010 in Port-au-Prince. French families arrived in Haiti to fetch a group of Haitian children they adopted in the wake of a devastating earthquake that ravaged the impoverished country nearly a year ago. The group of 105 parents is due to return to Paris with a first group of 113 children in time for Christmas.

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Young children wait for adoption with parents that will return with them to France in Port-au-Prince on Dec. 21, 2010.