Adopting from Haiti

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The official flag.




The official coat of arms.


The devastation after the earthquake in 2010.

Haitian children.

Waterfall at Saut-d'Eau

Citadelle Laferrière aerial view.

Street scene in Port-au-Prince.

UN forces took to patrolling the streets of Port-au-Prince after the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake.

Market, Cap-Haïtien.

Labadee, a private resort on the northern coast and popular tourist destination.

Inside the ruins of Sans Souci Palace, Cap Haiten.

Notice: As of July 14, 2014, all individuals and agencies facilitating international adoptions must be in compliance with the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act.

The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the advice of a licensed and qualified professional. While the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.

About Haiti

The native Taino - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola.

To learn more about Haiti please read About Haiti (The Country).

To read about the origin on the Haitian national anthem please read Haitian National Anthem.

Haiti Adoption Alert

There have been multiple alerts for adoption in Haiti. To learn more please read the Haiti Adoption Alert page.

Hague Convention Information

Haiti is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, intercountry adoption processing for Haiti did not change. To learn more please read about Haiti and the Hague Convention.

Who Can Adopt

To bring an adopted child to United States from Haiti, you must be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. To learn more please read about Who Can Adopt from Haiti.

Who Can Be Adopted

Haiti has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption. To learn the details of these requirements please read about Who Can Be Adopted from Haiti.

How to Adopt

The process for adopting a child from Haiti generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose an Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
  3. Be Matched with a Child
  4. Adopt the Child in Haiti
  5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption
  6. Bring Your Child Home

To learn more about this process please read about How to Adopt from Haiti.

Traveling Abroad

To learn about traveling in Haiti please read Traveling Abroad in Haiti.

After Adoption

What does Haiti require of the adoptive parents after the adoption?

Haiti does not have any post-adoption requirements.

What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some good places to start your support group search:

Child Welfare Information Gateway

North American Council on Adoptable Children

'NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Haiti

Consular Section (Adoptions Unit) Boulevard du 15 Octobre Tabarre 41 Tabarre, Haiti Tel: 509-2229-8000 (from Haiti); 1-866-829-2842 (from the United States) Email:

Mailing address in the United States:

U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince Consular Section 3400 Port-au-Prince Pl. Washington, DC 20521-3400

Haitian Adoption Authority

Institut du Bien Etre Social et de Recherches" (IBESR) 13 rue des marguerites PORT-AU-PRINCE

Embassy of Haiti

2311 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008 Tel: (202) 332-4090 Fax: (202) 745-7215 Email:

NOTE: Haiti also has consulates in New York, Miami, Chicago, and Boston. In addition, Haiti has honorary consuls located in the following cities who may perform authentication services: Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, Evansville, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Francisco and Trenton.

Office of Children's Issues

U.S. Department of State CA/OCS/CI SA-17, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20522-1709 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 E-mail: Website: U.S. Department of State

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

For questions about immigration procedures, contact the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833).


Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information