Marchers in a procession through the streets of Port-au-Prince on October 17, 2022. Given the countries current crisis, advocates in Florida say the country is too unsafe and unstable for baby Ector to be sent there. Photo by Marvens Compère for The Haitian Times

Miami — Elected officials and activists in the Haitian community are begging the Florida Department of Children and Families to scrap its plans to send a 9-month-old baby named Ector born in the United States to his grandparents in Haiti on Monday.

DCF’s decision comes from the mother’s desire, according to The Miami Herald, which first reposted the story. The Herald report says the mother’s parental rights were terminated because of severe mental illness and that the father, who resides in Haiti, has been absent. 

Ector, who was born in Broward County, has been living with foster parents.

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.