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Corriveau clan welcomes Haitian boys into their family

Four days after the earthquake, the first emergency rations arrived for the hungry, thirsty children.

The delivery consisted of a mere five bottles of PediaLite - water with electrolytes - to nourish 133 children.

The adoption process was officially completed for Jean and many of the other orphans, but the children had no Visas, which they'd need to leave the country, Corriveau said.

Jean's older "brother," in the orphanage, 9-year-old Jacksene, had come home with the Corriveaus about four months earlier after a four-year adoption process had been launched. The Corriveaus had been seeking to adopt Jean since he was about 18 months old.

Without question, the Corriveaus were under a lot of stress, as they had no idea of whether they'd be able to retrieve their child, many hundreds of miles away in Haiti.

"Our emotions were tense," he said."We were worried about Jean and the other children. We felt the kids were in a snafu of paperwork."

At 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23, a phone call woke the Corriveaus, and they jumped from their bed. It was a call from the orphanage director, urging then to take a flight out of Orlando that was now available. Beth Corriveau started booking the flight via computer, while Jim packed a bag.

That afternoon, Jim Corriveau ended up in a military airport in Haiti, waiting for hours while children went through a process to issue or certify Visas for the children.

Eighty of the 133 children were on the eligible list.

Jim Corriveau waited through the night to even get a glimpse of his child at the emigration center, located at the airport. He hesitated to take a nap on the floor, which he did at one point, because he didn't want to miss being matched up with Jean.

With a case number taped to his chest, Jean emerged through a door at about 5 a.m. wearing a tentative expression.

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