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Published March 05, 2010, 10:17 PM

Local Family Adopts Haitian Orphans

Because of the recent earthquake, Jim and Kelli Hewitt had quite a time getting their four new children home from Haiti.

If you think your life is busy, imagine having 17 kids. After recently adopting four Haitian orphans, that's exactly how many children a Lancaster, Minnesota family has.

Because of the recent earthquake, Jim and Kelli Hewitt had quite a time getting their four new children home from Haiti.

Now they're at home and getting used to much different lives.

Sam Hewitt is having fun playing with his new American toys and new siblings. Sam is one of four kids Jim and Kelli Hewitt just adopted from Haiti.

Jim says, "We're used to having a lot of people around."

Jim and Kelli now have 17 kids. One of their oldest daughters, Lacey, was actually with her four new siblings at an orphanage in Haiti when the earthquake hit.

Lacey Hewitt says, "I was kind of in shock for a long time. When it hit so hard, I didn't know if it was a bomb. I didn't really know if anybody was going to come out of it because it was pretty traumatizing for all the babies and everybody."

Luckily everyone at the orphanage survived, and Lacey formed a bond with many of the children there. She actually convinced her parents to take in four children, instead of two.

Lacey says, "I just felt a connection with them because they took it kind of hard when their mom left."

The Hewitt family also adopted three other Haitian orphans 14 years ago.

Jim says, "It's been a blessing to us. It's been fun having them. They're a joy to have around."

While Lacey is thankful to be back at home, she's also thinking about those who are still in the poverty-stricken country, devastated by a recent earthquake.

“The reality, the poverty, is just I can't explain it unless you go there and see it yourself. It's overwhelming,” says Lacey.

The four children the Hewitts adopted are from two different biological families. The family says they didn't want to separate the siblings.

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