Filipino child matched with adoptive Charlotte family unaccounted for

by: Sarah Rosario Updated:


MATTHEWS, N.C. - An adoption agency in Matthews is working hard to find a child in the Philippines that has not been accounted for since the Typhoon Haiyan hit.

The child is the only one missing out of nine that have been matched with a family in Charlotte.

Christian Adoption Services Philippines program coordinator Jenica Cannella said the 8-year-old lives on the island hit the hardest, near Tacloban City.

The child has been in the adoption process with a family in Charlotte for the past two years

"We have several families that have been matched with children and are just waiting to pick up children that they have adopted. We're just waiting and praying that she's OK," she said.

Cannella said the Christian adoption agency is working with a liaison in the Philippines to try to find the child but the issue is she lives with a foster family and there's no way to get in contact with them to find out if they're OK.

"With her being in a foster family is a little bit different than being in an orphanage, because we don't know if they evacuated before the storm or if they were there when the storm hit, most of the buildings on that island aren't standing," said Cannella .

Cannela says they don't know if the child was harmed, but can't confirm she's safe.

With at least 10,000 feared dead and search and rescue teams at work, there are still communities that have been unreachable.

Cannela says they're also working with an international adoption board to find her.

If the child is found, she could be here in Charlotte with a loving family by January.

"Right now we're just waiting for the passport and visa to process and once that does, they can bring her home," Cannella said.

Cannella said with so many people left homeless more children will be put up for adoption.

Anyone interested in helping can contact the agency by going to their website.

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