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San Diego couple rescues their new little boy from Haiti

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - A toddler from Haiti is now in his new home in San Diego with his adoptive family. It's an adoption that's been more than two years in the making, but the proceedings were sped up, with some help from the State Department, after the deadly earthquake there last week.

Donica Dohrenwend has waited more than two and a half years to add their adopted son Stevenson from Haiti to their family here in San Diego.

"The first picture I saw of him was October 31, '07. Our paperwork got to Haiti at the end of November of '07," Donica said.

Since then, they've visited Stevenson on a number of occasions in Port-au-Prince, going through the steps of the adoption process. Then tragedy struck on Jan. 12, as a 7.0 earthquake near Port-au-Prince leveled buildings, killing hundreds of thousands.

"That is why all these kids are getting what's called humanitarian parole, because of the earthquake and the devastation in Port-au-Prince," Donica said.

After gathering their paperwork and past photos taken on their various trips to see Stevenson, Donica's husband Paul caught the next flight out.

"I had no contacts, nothing there," Paul said.

In what now seems like a whirlwind visit, Paul - with little Stevenson in hand - finally arrived in San Diego. Having just woken up from a nap, Stevenson appears a bit confused with his surroundings.

The Dohrenwhend family knows that it took a serious tragedy to speed up the long process of adoption, but know that out of the ashes and rubble, they and so many more people around the world are making a special place in their heart and home for Haiti.

"It's an incredible joy to have him really in our lives, and not just a picture," Paul said.

As part of the adoption clearance, there is a two-year window for the family to finalize all legal requirements under U.S. and Haitian adoption law.

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