Thirty-three Haitian children have arrived at Paris Charles de Galle airport, leaving behind a homeland shattered by the recent earthquake.
The youngsters were met at the airport by their adoptive parents and the wife of the French President, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
In the days since the quake those in the process of adopting Haitian children have called on governments to cut red tape and speed up adoptions.
Despite the dreadful situation, UNICEF has urged caution after it claimed that child trafficking networks are in action, taking advantage of the breakdown of law and order to kidnap children to sell on abroad.
The UN body says it has evidence that around 15 children have been taken from hospitals and the authorities have to address some serious child protection issues.