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January 29th, 2010
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/29/10

Tonight on 360°, new hope for some of Haiti's orphans. Plus, we're tracking your tax dollars used for the stimulus. Are new jobs being created? We also have the rare showdown between Pres. Obama and GOP lawmakers. A Q & A session like you've never seen before.

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  1. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Mary Svacina

    I believe sponsorship is the child has family, but too poor for education, etc. These children have no family. However as Emily brought up, there is an inherit problem adopting out of the child's culture.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  2. LisaL - Canada

    Soledad - your reporting from Haiti was incredible. Spending all that time with those babies and children and knowing their needs were so very simple - I am amazed at how you managed to keep your composure and always look rational and professional when bringing this type of information to a general viewing public.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Tim

    The opportunity to be pro-life is in Haiti with so many orphans that need someone to give them life. It's time to save the living and give them a future. God bless the child that walks alone.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  4. starr formerly known as vincent

    @ Emily

    I agree that many of the children would benefit ffrom staying in Haiti, if they can stay with parents or family and the aid benefits the poor and elevates the way they live.

    Haitian people are such a wonderful people and culture. If most of the children leave the country, the culture will be gone.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Larry

    Didn't a planeload of 'orphans' fly out to the netherlands about 10 days ago? What was with that?

    January 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  6. GlenUpNorth

    I forgot to say "understanding" as well. It's a definite that Haitian culture is different from North American culture, so part of the plan is understanding how they've already been raised: values, culture, manners, habits, pastimes, emoting...

    January 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Vivian _ Montreal

    Hello everyone!

    I'm so happy for all the parents that have gotten and are getting all their adoptive children. God bless them all!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    David Indiana,
    Soledad is here tonight, Anderson is not here tonight. 🙂

    January 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Vero

    @ Yves Beliard- I agree. Anderson Cooper has indeed done an excellent job with coverage. CNN in general has been amazing with keeping us up-to-date with the happenings of Haiti. It is the only channel I have watched since the beginning.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. GlenUpNorth

    @Michael, we don't even need to be worried just for "pedophiles" and "marketers", how about those who genuinely want to help the kids but don't have the knowledge, the resources, the innate sense of responsibility to actually be good parents and providers?

    The more I think of it, sponsoring children sounds like a better idea than adopting, though if there are people out there who are ready and able to provide a truly warm, loving, nurturing and supportive home to children from Haiti, go for it!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hello bloggers, Soledad and AC360 people.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Mary that is a excellent point. Also, many of the Haitians with amputations directly due to this earthquake would be extremely difficult to place into adoption, sponsorship is a grateful alternative to Haitian children with special needs.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Emily

    You have a valid point. Adopting a child out of its culture can be a problem psychologically for that child in later growing up years

    January 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Larry

    Were there no Haitian children available for adoption prior to this disaster?

    January 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Michael TX,
    Good point question, They are taking proccess right now, adopted are very difficult to do adopted, If they are willing give up for children, or children's famly lost love ones. They need love to bear and make smile that american parents are taking. Not to be abused.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  16. David, Indiana

    Good evening Soledad, Isabel, everyone. Will Anderson be reporting tonight.

    Very glad Jonsley (sp?) is going to be able to be with his adoptive parents. I'd heard about humanitarian parole but thank you for showing how this is facilitating adoptions and orphans finding families. Can you tell me more about Humanitarian Parole? This seems like a good decision.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Emily

    He is ever cute!
    Love that red shirt and Kim looks like she's going to be a great mother!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  18. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    We need to provide for the children in their home countries and to teach the teens to avoid bringing children into this world without being able to afford the long term care they require.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Emily

    Soledad,
    I've heard many say that some of those children would be better off in Haiti! That it would not be best for all of them to be adopted outside of Haiti...

    January 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Your concerns are warranted. Social services will do the follow-ups Just as they remove children from American homes due to sex and physical abuse

    January 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  21. Mary Svacina

    Anderson, All this talk about adoption and not a word about SPONSORSHIP! We've sponsored a Hatian boy for 6 yrs. through Compassion International. He gets food, clothing, education and basic medical care with our $32/mo. Much more practical and immediate than adoption. You don't have to have the child to help the child!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Rules still need tp be followed in regard to these children...they can be processed faster, but tracted properly first.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Monique

    Soledad, We know that the children in Haiti are suffering. However, we have to be careful that some of the children are not adopted for child labor.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Emily

    @Barbara,

    Welcome! 🙂

    Hope that you will become a regular here!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  25. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    These kids are becoming a supermarket item how do we know that these kids are not being adopted off to pedifiles and markerters .

    January 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Barbara,
    Welcome to Live Blog tonight, Happy see you join us tonight! 🙂

    January 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Steven

    Wonderful coverage by Anderson and all.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Yves Beliard

    As a Haitian American i have been watching CNN since the earthquake hit. I must say my respect to you Mr Cooper is beyond measure. You see, you get it very well. reporting the news should be a privilege not right. i have been privileged enough to watch your show every night. You have put a face on the tragedy that is unfolding in haiti. Letting the people tell their story to the world. Such as the 11 year old Anaika who lost her life due to a lack of medical care, the little boy whose father and mother died and was found days later by his uncle, the bloody kid who you dragged away from the looting and many more. you see Mr Cooper i remember those stories not because they are tragic in nature, but because they are human in nature. I must say also to Dr Gupta he gives a new meaning to the world humanitarian. He didn't have to stay with those injured the UN left behind, he din't have to perform brain surgery on the little girl. but deep down through his moral integrity he knows that was the right thing to do. you see, You and Gupta get it very well. i just wish the others could the same. AS they say in haitian " NAP BOULE" thank you for all your work.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  29. Emily

    @michael armstrong sr. TX.,

    "What kind of follow up to make sure these kids are not being abused after adoption"

    That is a great question....

    I wonder too, who is over seeing all the money that was donated and that it will reach all the people and what they need!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  30. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I am sure social services adoption center would do follow ups just as they do with American children adoptions; by the way, we have so many still in centers too.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Soledad is great job visit orphans found. Soledad is really good see them (orphans) in Haiti! Congrats Soledad, you deserved it!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Vero

    Grateful for the children being adopted. I only wish I could adopt my nephew.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  33. Barbara

    Hey,

    I'm new to this. I hope there's more discussion soon.

    Barbara
    South Dako

    January 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  34. GlenUpNorth

    @Dodie, I agree, but I still believe would-be adopters still need to be screened. You want to make sure the people who welcome these children in their homes have what it takes to be parents and providers. Canada's fast-tracking adopters of Haitian children, but only those who'd already applied. Understandably, I guess.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  35. A. Smith, Oregon

    I hope CNN begins focusing on the tent citys and the great needs they have for water and shelter with the tropical rains come up in afew weeks.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  36. michiko

    ....................\(*-*)/............Hi!.............

    January 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Isabel - Brazil •

    Governments should facilitate adoptions.
    What are the best options that these children would have?

    January 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  38. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    What kind of follow up to make shure these kids arnt being abused after adoption .

    January 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am glad it worked out for children adopted by American parents, Hello orphanage kids, welcome home in US!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Emily

    @Starr,
    I also think that it's great the children of Haiti have not been forgotten!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Isabel - Brazil •

    It's so nice to see these children receive love, affection, care at last!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Dodie, Irvine CA

    It would be nice if all the world helped to adopt!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360 Crew in Haiti, 360 Team in Studio, Soledad, Megan, Martina, & Bloggers!
    Happy Friday.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  44. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hello Soledad, & Anderson Et Al.

    Good evening fellow bloggers and friends.

    I am releived that the "system" is paying attention to the children of Haiti.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  45. GlenUpNorth

    Hey everybody (Anderson, Soledad, Erica, all you bloggers out there)! Snowy weather up here meant work was cancelled today... a rare treat! AC360! 😀

    January 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Dodie, Irvine CA

    Good Evening Anderson cooper, Soledad team 360 and other bloggers.

    ~*~ T G I F ~*~

    January 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Isabel - Brazil •

    Good evening Soledad!
    It's great to have you on AC360! You did an amazing job in Haiti!
    Congratulations and thank you!

    Hello David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    Happy Friday everyone!!!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good Evening Soledad, AC360 and the CNN staff and fellow bloggers

    January 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Soledad, Anderson,Megan, Jessica Y, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday night!!! Couldn't wait this weekend........
    Thanks for coming in to join us tonight and welcome Soledad! 🙂

    January 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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