Haitian earthquake survivors thriving in America

COLVILLE, Wash. - Kris and Nat Baker already had two sons of their own when they adopted Kimberly from Haiti six years ago. After the earthquake there last year, the Baker family also adopted Kimberly's three siblings, Thamar, Davidson and Lili. The three were airlifted to this country with dozens of other orphans.

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"We went from three kids to six kids, and that was just a lot of work," Nat said.

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CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers reports it was just as tough for the children. They went from living on the crowded streets of Port-au-Prince to the rural community of Colville. The kids had to start a new school, learn English and make tentative steps toward making friends.

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The kids are making progress. The girls at school welcomed Thamar and even helped her celebrate her sweet 16th birthday. Eight-year-old Lili dances as her 13-year-old brother Davidson plays the drums in his bedroom.

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But it's sometimes overwhelming for the parents. "There are days where you look at each other and say, 'what were we thinking?'" Kris said.

But the struggles of the past year have brought the family closer together. Nat said, "The experience for us has been phenomenal. I'm glad we did it. I'm more than glad we did it."

A few months ago, the newest members of the Baker family became U.S. citizens. While their homeland is in their hearts, they are thankful for their new home.

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