Haiti Adoption Guide

Learn what you need to know to start the process of adopting from Haiti.

Jeanette Green April 02, 2015

Haiti is a beautiful island country surrounded by clear ocean water. Most tourists see the sandy beaches and breathtaking ocean views. They visit sites and eat Haitian food. They feel the vibrance of this small country. Yet Haiti is among the poorest nations in the western hemisphere, with nearly 80% of the population living in extreme poverty. For this reason, adoption has been a source of hope for many families—a hope that their children may have a future. Either abandoned or relinquished, over 3,200 children have been adopted from Haiti since 1999.

Before you get started with this guide, you’ll probably want to familiarize yourself with the overall process of International Adoption. That means you’ll need to read this guide first—then come back here to get all the inside information on adopting from Haiti.

Slides 1-9 provide background information about adopting from Haiti. Slides 10-20 outline the process. Slides 21-22 include links to more resources on our site that you might find helpful.

Please note: Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness, and reliability of the information provided in this slideshow guide, you should not rely on it to make decisions. Instead, you should rely on licensed professionals in making decisions relative to adoption. The information in this guide is subject to change without notice. Adoption.com is not responsible for the consequences of relying on this information. In no event shall Adoption.com be liable for any direct, indirect, special, or incidental damage resulting from, arising out of, or in connection with the use of this information.

Slide 6: Background: Waiting Periods
2. Slide 6: Background: Waiting Periods

According to the U.S. Department of State, the adoption waiting time can take more than 18 months. A few requirements make the process longer.

Once an adoption is approved, the adoptive parent(s) must apply for a Haitian passport for the child. A form is then sent and there is a wait time until it is determined that the child is eligible for international adoption. Once international adoption eligibility is confirmed, a visa interview is held.

All these steps can add an extra 3-6 months before your child can come home with you. For more information about how to contact the Haitian IBESR (central authority over adoptions), click here.

Source: Intercountry Adoption

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Jeanette Green

Jeanette Green is a mother to three beautiful children--two through the blessing of adoption. She is a firm believer that we never walk alone, the sun continues to shine even when we can’t feel its rays, and you can’t get sick from raw cookie dough. Various life experiences have taught her that life never turns out like we expect. But if we’re patient, we learn that it’s better that way. To learn more about Jeanette and her crew, visit The Green Piece

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