April 1st: The Hague Convention entered 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.
Haiti Adoption Overview
Program Coordinators: Angela Jackson, Tania Griasnow
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.
12-24 months from dossier submission to match to a child
5-12 months from match until finalization
More Details: Haiti Adoption with Carolina Adoption Services
For many years, Carolina Adoption Services was in partnership directly with the esteemed crèche (orphanage), Maison des Anges. Although we still keep in touch with our friends at MDA, the Hague transition in Haiti does not permit crèches and adoption agencies to work together directly in the placement of children.
In line with the Hague convention, IBESR will do the matching of children to families meaning that referrals may now come from any crèche in Haiti. For transparency of process, there can no longer be a direct relationship between an adoption agency and crèche or between a family and a crèche until the adoption is finalized.
Our Haiti Adoption Program & Process
CAS Haiti Program staff assist families with every step of the adoption dossier process.
Once completed, your dossier is sent to our in-country independent representatives, reviewed, legalized and then submitted to Haiti’s adoption authority, IBESR. Your family is matched with a child based on the information in your home study and dossier. From submission of dossier until the child is matched takes up to 18 months or longer. Timeframes during this transition period are uncertain at this time.
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, your paperwork and your child’s paperwork move through several Haitian Government offices for approval at each level. The final step in the process is the issuance of your child’s passport with the Ministry of the Interior and finally, the visa application for your child.
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. Haiti’s close proximity to the United States and the availability of relatively inexpensive flights makes it easier to plan travel.
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 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.
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. Now, estimates show the orphan population has doubled to nearly 800,000 orphans.