Haiti occupies the Western part of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. The island was inhabited by the Taíno Amerindians when it was discovered by Columbus in 1492 and settled by the Spanish. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence, and in 1697 Spain ceded the Western third of the island to France. This area later became known as Haiti. The French colony became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, this was done through the forced labor of African slaves and severe environmental degradation. In the late 1700s, the slave population of nearly a half million revolted, and after a long struggle became the first black republic to declare independence. Located just 750 miles off the coast of Florida, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of Haitians living under the poverty line. Haiti has long been plagued by political violence, but in May of 2006 they inaugurated a democratically-elected president and parliament. Adoptions in Haiti are approved by the Institut du Bien Etre Social et de Recherches (IBESR) in Port-au-Prince.
If you would like more information about our Haiti program, call an adoption consultant today at 1.877.827.5226 or send us an email.
Governance of Haitian Adoptions
Children of All Nations is excited to receive accreditation from IBESR, Haiti’s central authority in charge of Haiti’s inter country adoptions. Haiti is not currently party to the Hague convention, but the country has recently implemented new adoption procedures in an effort to become a Hague Adoption Convention partner in the future. We will continue to work hard to find loving homes for the Haitian children.
Haitian children are mainly orphaned or abandoned due to widespread poverty. These children remain in orphanages, called crèches, until they are placed with a family for adoption. We work directly with the crèche to place children with families in the United States. With so many orphaned children in Haiti, the crèche is forced to turn away children in need. We look forward to helping Haiti find as many homes as possible for these children in need.
When selecting a child, consider that you may adopt the following:
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Special needs and older children, as well as sibling groups, are also desperately in need of loving homes. Children with special needs will have disabilities ranging from minor to severe. The children tend to be younger, and most children are between the ages of infancy and 12 years old. Common special needs seen in Haiti are malnutrition, anemia, and children that have been victims of neglect. Families interested in adopting a child through the Waiting Child Program for Haiti have the opportunity to be matched before their dossier is completed, while they are compiling their dossier or after the dossier is finished. Families will have access to a list of available children and the opportunity to request the full file to review of a child they are interested in. The files contain the child’s medical paperwork, background information and a photo. Once a family has decided they would like to move forward with that child it is considered a “soft match”. The family must apply with the adoption authority, IBESR, and submit a dossier first to be approved as an adoptive parent. Then, the family may submit to IBESR the child they wish to adopt from our orphanage. IBESR will review the child’s file and approve the family to adopt that specific child. The referral is not official until approval has been received both for the family as adoptive parents and for the family to adoptive the specific child
Families interested in participating in viewing the children available will need to have requested a guide and instantly received a password from CAN. Completing this form will provide your family with a password and provide us with information to review files on your behalf in search of a good match.
For more information concerning Haiti’s waiting children, please call us at 1.877.827.5226 or send us an email.
In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parent(s), Haiti has the following adoption eligibility requirements. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from Haiti, or you are unsure, please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation regarding your Haiti adoption.
Haiti adoption eligibility requirements are subject to change per Haiti’s adoption laws. CAN updates these guidelines as necessary.
If you would like more information about our program, call us today at 1.877.827.5226 or email us.
The time frame to complete an international adoption from Haiti is currently 24 to 30 months, based on Haiti’s in-country processes. However, your child will be referred to you early in the adoption and you can begin the bonding process while waiting for your adoption to be finalized. The timeframe for Haiti adoption is subject to change; please consult CAN for the most current processing times for your adoption from Haiti.
1. Application and Approval
To adopt a child, please complete our agency application. For your convenience, you may access the application online. We will promptly review your eligibility to adopt from Haiti once we receive your application. If approved, we will provide you with our agency contract that outlines our fees, services, and important information regarding the Haiti adoption process.
Upon receipt of your signed contract, CAN will partner with a Haitian orphanage to provide you placement services for children from Haiti. The joint efforts of CAN and the crèche provides our adoptive families and children superior services and expertise for an optimum experience.
2. The Paper Chase
Once your agency contract is in place, it is time to get started on your dossier. This will include a home study to assess your readiness for international adoption from Haiti and help prepare you for adoptive parenthood, filing with USCIS for international adoption approval, and gathering your necessary dossier documents. These dossier documents must go through the appropriate notarization and authentication processes. CAN offers a complete Dossier Preparation Service to ease your international adoption and give you peace of mind.
To ensure that prospective adoptive parents are prepared for their international adoption journey, our agency requires that parents complete 10 hours of adoption training as mandated by the Hague Convention. To satisfy these hours, we have developed an online parent training program that we are proud to include in CAN’s service plan. For an overview of the program, please click here. Please contact us for more information regarding adoption from Haiti.
3. Identifying a Child
Once the your dossier is received, a child is identified for your family based on your preferences for gender, age and health status. With your referral, you will receive a description of the child, including the child’s history, medical test results and photos. You will have two weeks to review your child’s information before you must either accept or decline the referral. If you choose to move forward with your referred child, you will travel to Haiti to meet and bond with the child, appear before a judge for the consent proceeding and sign paperwork at the US Embassy. This trip can be completed in a couple of days.
4. Completing the Adoption
CAN’s Haiti Representative will update us on the progress of the adoption as it moves through IBESR. The orphanage provides photos and updates on the children throughout the process. Once IBESR grants the Authorization of Adoption, it is presented to the Court and an Acte d’Adoption (Adoption Act) is granted, finalizing the adoption. You can now bring your child home.
5. Picking up Your Child
The trip to pick up your child can be as quick or as long as you like. CAN will assist you as you book your flights and accommodations.
6. Post Adoption Requirements
You will be required to submit 4 post adoption reports completed by your home study agency and 3 additional self-reports after your international adoption from Haiti is finalized. Haiti requests that these reports contain the following: medical evaluation of the child; school report card; psychological evaluation; social evaluation.
Our crèche in Haiti houses approximately 90 children at any given time. These children are under the loving care of about 70 staff members who provide services to meet the children’s needs on many levels. The high staff to child ratio ensures that each child gets the care he or she needs to thrive. The nannies and other caretakers have big hearts filled with love.
Children living in the crèches attend school, starting in pre-school and going through the fourth grade. All classes are taught in English to prepare the children for life with their adoptive families in the United States. Children in crèches are among the fortunate few in Haiti to receive education. Many families throughout the nation go without the fundamental necessities like food and water in order to save the funds needed to send their children to school. Our children know how lucky they are to receive an education and they take their classes seriously. This trait is well-ingrained and is likely to continue throughout their educational experience. Haitian crèches are funded by special care fees paid by adoptive parents. Due to limited space and finances, crèches are forced to turn away children reguarly.
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