Local Family Adopts Haitian Boys

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

FORSAN- For one Forsan couple, the devastating earthquake in Haiti, really hit home. Rusty and Jessica Baker were in the process of adopting two boys, when the tragedy occurred.

Now, the couple has a reason to be happy.  Five years ago, the bakers met the two Haitian boys on a mission trip, and now they're all one happy family.

"Do you like America?" NewsWest 9 asked.

"Yes, very much," Belony Baker from Haiti, said.

For 15-year-old Belony and 11-year-old Lili, life in America comes with some big adjustments as both boys speak very little English.

"How do you feel here?" NewsWest 9 asked. "I feel very good," Belony said. "Are you happy?" NewsWest 9 asked. "Very happy," Belony said.

They aren't the only ones filled with joy.

Jessica and Rusty Baker have been trying to adopt the boys for five years, two weeks ago their dream became a reality.

"I got to watch them be kids run through house and get to play. I feel like Haiti is in survival mode that you just get in here, they play and been able to have needs met care free," Jessica Baker, who adopted the Haitian Boys said.

This is a day the Bakers thought would never come at one point, they were ready to give up on the adoption, but the devastating earthquake forced officials to speed up the process.

"Here we are four weeks later, and we've already had our kids for two weeks," Rusty Baker, said.

The Bakers say they're grateful for the opportunity they've been given.

"They say it takes a village literally it took all of West Texas and other parts to bring these kids home, but we're so thankful, the two cant say that enough. We are very blessed," Baker said.

The Bakers are technically still the boys' sponsors, but they plan to finalize their adoption process soon.

In the meantime, Belony and Lili hope to start school in the next year.

If you would like to find out more about mission trips to Haiti, please visit www.project127.org or if you would like to help the Haiti Relief efforts, please visit http://www.redcross.org.