April 1st: The Hague Convention enters in to force in Haiti. New cases will be processed as Hague intercountry adoptions. Cases in which a Form I-600 or I-600A was filed before this date will proceed as transition cases. We are continuing to welcome new families to contact us with any questions about adopting from Haiti!
Click here to playback our recent webinar: Haiti Adoption & the Hague Transition
Our Haiti program offers families a reasonable time frame and short travel distance. Families may visit the orphanage once they are matched with a child!
Haiti Adoption Overview
Program Coordinator: Allie Hamel
Children Available: 6 months and older at time of referral
Parent Requirements: Couples, ages 30-50, who have been married at least 5 years. Single women, age 35-50, with no biological children, and single men, age 35-50, divorced or widowed, with no biological children.
Travel Requirements: Two trips to Haiti. First trip is 2 weeks, second trip is 3-5 days.
6-12 months from dossier submission to match to a child
5-12 months from match until finalization
More Details: Haiti Adoption with Carolina Adoption Services
Our Haiti Adoption Partner: Maison des Anges “House of Angels”
Carolina Adoption Services is currently working with the Maison des Anges crèche (orphanage) for Haitian adoptions. This crèche is located in Tabarre, a city on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. The children are well cared for at MDA, with an average of five children to one caregiver. The crèche has nurses on staff and a pediatrician visits twice weekly. Children who are 2 years and older receive tutoring. During the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Maison des Anges suffered severe damage to their facilities; the structural damage was so extensive that the facilities were torn down in order to be rebuilt more safely.
Maison des Anges is now rebuilt on its original location. There is a wonderful guest house on the property where families are encouraged to stay when visiting with their children. Families can enjoy meals with the Orphanage Director and her family. This is a great time to learn more about your child’s history and culture.
Our Haiti Adoption Program & Process
Allie Hamel, the Haiti Program Coordinator, assists families with every step of the adoption dossier process.
Once submitted, your dossier is sent to Haiti’s adoption authority, IBESR, and to our partner crèche Maison des Agnes. Your family is matched with a child waiting at MDA based on the information in your home study and dossier. From submission of dossier until the child is matched takes up to 12 months.
Families receive all available information about their child and regular updates. This information typically consists of a medical, social, developmental and background report along with pictures of your child.
Once IBESR grants final approval, all paperwork is submitted to the Parquet (the public prosecutor’s office). At Parquet, your dossier is legalized, then sent to the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) and finally your dossier goes to immigration.
Haiti Adoption Travel: What to Expect
Adoptive parents must make two trips to Haiti. The first trip is 2 weeks long, and the second trip is 3-5 days. Parents are met at the airport by an in-country representative and are escorted throughout their trips.
Parents are welcome, and encouraged, to visit their child on additional trips while waiting for their adoption to be finalized. Haiti’s close proximity to the United States and the availability of relatively inexpensive flights makes it easier to plan travel. The crèche staff welcomes adoptive families with open arms for more than just their two mandatory trips.
During the first trip, families will meet their child and complete the required bonding period. A social worker with IBESR will meet with you to observe how the bonding is going in order to approve your adoption to proceed to the next steps. During your final trip, you will pick up your child to return home.
Haiti Adoption: The Country
Haiti is the third largest country in the Caribbean. It is located on the Western side of the island of Hispaniola; the Dominican Republic is on the eastern portion of the island. Haiti is approximately the size of the U.S. state of Maryland.
Haiti was established as an independent nation in 1804 following a revolution against French rule and enslavement. French is one of two official languages in Haiti; Haitian Creole is the other. The children at MDA are taught Haitian Creole.
Today, Haiti has a population of approximately 8.7 million people. The natural beauty of the island’s beaches and mountains are marred by the country’s widespread poverty. As the poorest country located in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti was acutely ill-prepared for the devastating 2010 earthquake. Even prior to the disaster, there were more than 400,000 orphans, a staggering number for such a small country.