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Disaster unites Haitian boy and former Yakima couple

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BOISE, IDAHO--One Haitian orphan brought to the United States after the earthquake that rocked Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area has ties to the Yakima Valley.

Abby and Scott Hoefer  grew up in Yakima and also lived in Ellensburg before moving to Boise, Idaho about six months ago.

They adopted a young Haitian boy named Alex before the earthquake, but hadn't yet brought him back to the United States.

But, the earthquake 12 days ago sped up the adoption process.  Friday night, the Hoefers returned home with their son.

"For all he has been through he has done amazingly well," Abby Hoefer said.  "We have three little girls and he's been playing with them all afternoon.  My dad gave him piggyback rides, [Alex] let my mom hold him.  It's been really amazing."

Alex just turned three in November.  He is one of 83 Haitian children taken in by American parents since the earthquake.

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