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New Parents Say Adopted Haitian Daughter Shows No Fear

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Christie Hubner and Ila, her 3-year-old newly-adopted daughter from Haiti.
Rebecca Sheir
Christie Hubner and Ila, her 3-year-old newly-adopted daughter from Haiti.

By Rebecca Sheir

After a lengthy adoption process, a 3-year-old girl from Haiti is settling in to her new home in Frederick, Maryland. But it isn't yet clear what mark this month's earthquake has left on the toddler.

If you ask Christie and Dave Hubner to describe their adopted daughter, Ila, Christie says,

"She's very giggly and silly and we play a lot, and we get hugs and stuff from her."

"It's cool," says Dave.

Sure, she fights with her new big brother, and she fusses at snacktime. Still, given the tragic earthquake Ila survived earlier this month, Christie says her new daughter doesn't exhibit any... fear.

"I've read other blogs of other orphanages and just how scared the kids were at each tremor," she says. "So I'm sure,you know, at the time she was very frightened. But she had no problem at any of the buildings we went in, she wasn't really that scared of the airplane."

But the Hubners say they're keeping their eyes open for signs of residual trauma from the quake - a major tragedy which prompted the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to speed up the adoption process.

"It'll be definitely something we'll talk about and how we got her because of it," Christie says. "You know, it was gonna be a couple years at least before we would regularly get her."

And now that she's here, despite the fights, the fussiness, the Hubners say they couldn't be happier. Even with three kids under the age of four.

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