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A child waits...

The children of Haiti are beautiful. While some of them are orphaned, the majority of children come to adoption by relinquishment. Children become available in Haiti mainly due to the extreme environmental degradation in the country. Some of these conditions include lack of housing, proper nutrition, medical care and HIV. The children reside and receive care in a crèche. A crèche works with an adoption agency in completing the adoption.

The children range from infant to sixteen years of age. Most of them are healthy although there are some with medical needs. Many special needs children are waiting as well. Sibling groups are available.

Visit our Photolisting of Waiting Children

Who can adopt...

  • Adopting parents must be 19 years older than the child they are adopting
  • Married for a minimum of 5 years
  • At least one spouse must be 35 or older
  • Married 10 years if one spouse is under 35
  • Single women may adopt

How to adopt...

The paper process to adopt from Haiti is similar to most foreign adoption procedures.

  • A family needs an approved Inter-country home study from a qualified adoption agency
  • Papers with USCIC (U.S. Immigration) must be filed
  • Documents verifying birth, marriage, employment, criminal clearance, medical and psychological evaluations, and letters of reference are some of the documents needed to assemble a dossier

In-country process...

  • It takes an average of 18 months after your completed dossier arrives in Haiti for the adoption process to be made final in Haiti
  • We work with a crèche that is highly dedicated to completing the adoption process as quickly as possible.

Haiti MapTravel to Haiti...

Parents are required to travel to Haiti for the Consent Hearing, both spouses if married. They will need to return to pick the child up after the visa has been issued or an escort may bring the child home.

About the country...

95% of Haitian people are of African descent, while 5% are of mixed heritage and/or of European descent.

Haiti is universally acknowledged to be the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Haiti remains the least developed country. With a population of about 8 million, 80% of the population lives in poverty, 75% of the population are children.

Haiti occupies the western third island of Hispaniola. Haiti is in the Caribbean Sea and lies between Cuba and Jamaica. The languages spoken are Haiti is French and Haitian Creole (Kreyol).

Haiti resources...

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