Have you dreamed of the day you are with your child in Haiti and are finally taking them home? They are dreaming of living in their forever home too! Being a single parent adopting from Haiti creates a beautiful bond the two of you get to share. Did you know that you don’t have to be married to adopt from Haiti? Of course, it is excellent if you are, but if you are not married and meet Haiti’s requirements, you can still adopt. If you are female, single, and between the ages of 35-48, you may be eligible to adopt a precious child from Haiti. Adopting a child from Haiti allows new families to blossom or a family’s household to grow.
Requirements For A Single Parent Adopting From Haiti
The Haitian government has adoption requirements that must be fully met to proceed with an adoption plan. A single applicant must be between the ages of 35-48 years old. Haiti only accepts female applicants to adopt as a single parent. The adoptive parent must be a U.S. citizen, and there can be no unlawful activity in the background of anyone who lives in the home. Haiti accepts single female applicants with any number of children, biological or adopted children. As long as there is the financial stability to provide for another child, a family can continue to grow through adopting from Haiti.
Deciding To Adopt as a Single Applicant
The list of questions can multiply when choosing to become a single parent adopting from Haiti. Building Arizona Families can help answer these questions for you. The age of the child and openness to adopting sibling groups are questions the applicant must consider. Although most children do not have permanent health or developmental concerns, there is always a need for families that can adopt children with special needs. The Haiti adoption process can feel long at times and possibly discouraging. But single mothers who have successfully adopted from Haiti would encourage you to stay strong and push forward to building your forever family. Find out more information about the requirements for a single parent adopting from Haiti HERE.
Building Arizona Families would love to visit with you about starting or growing your forever family through Haiti adoption. We will provide high levels of service and communication and come with experience in Haiti adoptions since 2005. Building Arizona Families is here to put your family first.
DOWNLOAD THE FREE HAITI ADOPTION INFORMATION KIT
If you are interested in adopting children from Haiti, you are invited to download our free information kit HERE. You can also view information about Haiti adoption requirements HERE, and information about the costs of Haiti adoption HERE. Building Arizona Families offers complimentary adoption seminars in Phoenix, as well as online seminars for those unable to attend in person. Please reach out to Lisa Peterson, our Haiti Adoption Program Manager, for dates and times as well as any other questions you might have. Lisa can be reached by phone at 623-692-4424 and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you considering international adoption? Have you looked into adopting from Haiti? As an internationally accredited and Haitian government approved adoption agency, Building Arizona Families is here to help you better understand the Haiti adoption process so you can feel confident in the next steps to take.
Taking the First Step, Choosing Your Adoption Agency
Adopting a precious child from Haiti is an amazing, life changing decision. All children deserve the love of a family and the opportunity to thrive. Haiti adoption allows these children to find love, safety, and security in their forever home.
Finding an adoption agency you trust is the first step of beginning the Haiti adoption process. Building Arizona Families is a non-profit, Hague accredited adoption agency (required for legal international adoption) and is one of just 19 U.S. adoption agencies permitted to work in Haiti. Our agency would be honored to support your family on this amazing journey and watch as your family grows through adoption!
Step by Step Haiti Adoption Process
The Haiti adoption process takes about 24 months. After contacting Building Arizona Families, these are the next steps in the adoption process:
• Complete a home study. This can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months. During a home study, there are different interviews that will take place to get to know the adoptive family. A social worker will also take time learning about your home and seeing the environment your child will live in.
• Apply for adoption eligibility. This typically takes up to 3 months and determines if requirements are met to adopt from Haiti.
• Waiting for referral. With a longer time frame, this can take about 6 to 8 months due to Haitian legal intricacies.
• Socialization period. For two weeks the adoptive family travels to Haiti to complete their socialization period with their adoptive child.
• Gaining Haitian government approval to adopt. This can take up to 8 months for the Haitian government to give final approval of adoption.
• Bringing your child home! The final trip is a six day bonding period where you will bond with your child before taking them home. At the end of the six days the family can return to the USA with their new child!
How Building Arizona Families Helps You
At Building Arizona Families, we strive to help families grow through the beautiful gift of adoption. We provide the highest level of service and communication. With over 12 years of experience in Haiti, we have hands-on connections that benefit our adoptive families.
Building Arizona Families takes the time to guide you through the Haiti adoption process. As a licensed, non-profit, Hague accredited adoption agency, we are able to work with families in any state through our Haiti adoptions program.
Contact Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, for more information on the Haiti adoption process HERE, or call her at 623-692-4424.
As some of you may have known, I was in Haïti last week. It was a very productive week in Haiti. I’m so grateful we have been warmly welcomed once again by our US Embassy and IBESR. All Blessing, Wasatch, Building Arizona Families, and Nightlight, came together to “thrive together instead of survive alone.” We all have common goals of doing what is best for Haitian children – all children. We spent time listening to many creche (orphanage) directors, IBESR agency representatives, our Embassy adoption team and IBESR staff members as we discussed the many aspects of adopting a child from Haiti and the overall welfare of Haitian children.
Our first meeting was an informal gathering for us to hear from creche directors and others involved in caring for children in Haiti. There were many concerns raised. Overall, we left this gathering with the conclusion that communication and rumors remain problematic for everyone. We continue to encourage all stakeholders in Haiti who care for the best interests of children to schedule regular meetings and to share information so that rumors can be dealt with quickly. Everyone we met with during the week wants to do what is best for Haitian children. Although there are differences in perspective on what is best, including the issues surrounding adopting a child from Haiti, there are many more areas of agreement.
Our next meeting was with our US Embassy. Michelle Milardo, Chief of the Adoption Unit, is on a medical leave of absence. During her absence, Megan Kenny, is acting Chief. Megan is just as passionate and responsive as Michelle. Michelle and Keith attended our later meetings with us. Megan brought a few concerns to our group that we believe important to share with you in regards to adopting a child from Haiti.
1. Clarification on the Visa medical appointment and vaccine requirements. The embassy follows the CDC guidelines for vaccines. However, parents can choose to waive vaccines for children under 10. Children over 10 must have vaccines. The medical appointment for children over 10 is $450. The medical appointment for children under 10 whose vaccines are waived is now $200.
2. We discussed the inconsistent timeline with dossiers processed in MOI and subsequent passport processing. This has been a challenge for us because the passport department tells the embassy passports take one week. We know they have taken 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, etc. We know that families are “at the end of their rope” by this point in the process of adopting a child from Haiti. We want to make sure this step becomes more predictable in terms of timing. We brainstormed different solutions and the embassy took note to present to the administrators at MOI who have, in the past, been very receptive to putting their input into practice.
3. The Embassy discussed the challenges of social media and the Facebook pages’ influence over parents. She said she knows when a rumor is posted because she receives communication at once from several families who are concerned. This has always been a concern and something we constantly have to manage and do damage control. Facebook is a blessing and a curse – bring any and all rumors/concerns to your ASP. Transparency on all sides is crucial in this hard and long journey to bring your child(ren) home. The embassy pointed out that they too have a Facebook page and American Citizen Services has a Facebook page. The embassy team is happy to dispel rumors, but they ask that families come to their adoption agency first with these concerns and we will work with the embassy to solve any problem they might not be aware of.
On January 23, 2019, was a meeting at IBESR (with the embassy team) and it was filled with new information about the welfare of Haiti children, as well as how it impacts adopting a child from Haiti. Agency representatives who have been working in Haiti 15+ years state they have never seen IBESR create the amount of change they have in the past year. Local and international organizations have partnered with IBESR to administer regulatory supervision over 569 orphanages. Using electronic surveys, the orphanages (and creches) were inspected by committees and rated based on administrative caregiver rankings. You have probably heard of the color system that creches are now under (green, yellow, and red and there is a red+). IBESR explained the goal of the creche rating system, how orphanages and creches are color coded and the steps and timeline in which creche are being asked to improve their facility to make it “green”. It became apparent quickly that outside resources have come in to support IBESR in this huge undertaking. IBESR is prioritizing the safety of children and seeking that all creches have appropriate discipline plans for the children in their care. There is a movement to de-institutionalize Haiti and move children back into their original families or into foster care. They are calling it the “DI Process.” There is also another subgroup of creches considered “red plus.” These creches will be shut down due to abuse concerns.
We (the agencies) expressed our concerns to every group that this must be done with extreme caution, slowly and with an abundance of education and transparent communication. It is clear that international adoption will remain as a solution for permanency for Haitian children – that adopting a child from Haiti would ideally be a last resort.
How does this affect your plans for adopting a child from Haiti? Only green creches can submit new child dossiers until creches are re-evaluated between now and July. If yellow or red creches have child dossiers already in IBESR, those can be matched/processed still. Agencies are still receiving referrals and IBESR states that they have matches prepared for many of the families who have been waiting the longest for a match. If a creche that was yellow or red did not have a child’s dossier completed and turned into IBESR by the beginning of January they may not turn in the child’s dossier until the creche is coded as green. I know many of you are waiting on referrals for special needs and older children and at this time I do not know, and will not be told, what dossiers were turned in while we wait for the referrals.
(What made a creche not “green”? There was a list of criteria a creche needed in order to maintain a positive coding. At this time there are 35 green, 139 yellow. The main target of the project was abuse. For example, if a nanny was spanking a child, that nanny had to be fired in order to correct the issue.)
We also discussed recent changes to the quota. After our discussion, it was determined by IBESR that agencies can continue to submit 12 parent dossiers per year for adopting a child from Haiti that is non-special needs. In addition, BAF can submit 10 parent dossiers that are special cases including kinship, children over age 6, sibling sets of 3+ and medical special needs. This quota, which we support, is to prevent a backlog.
This brings me to our next item of discussion: advocating for special needs/older children. IBESR is researching a few database programs that will help them manage, regulate and track children in their care. With this, we hope to receive more information on these cases so that we can advocate for children who are more difficult to place. In the meantime, as I become aware of a child that is considered special needs I can make you aware of the needs of that child or sibling groups.
All in all, I can confidently report that intercountry adoption from Haiti will remain a permanency option for Haitian children. The opportunity to adopt a child from Haiti will continue and I will advocate for each family and each child. As all these changes take place we will continue to see the time-frames from 24-36 months until you bring a child home. If you are waiting to be matched with a child under 5-years old the wait times will be longer than a family wanting an older child or sibling groups.
Many of you have asked for reading suggestions while you wait. Here are a few I would suggest. Some are religious in nature, but regardless of your background, they are educational. Miracle on VooDoo Mountain, Restavec, When Helping Hurts, Mountains beyond Mountains, and Toxic Charity.
If you want to open your arms, heart, and
home to grow your family through adoption, adopting a child from Haiti
is a joyous choice! Building Arizona Families can help – we are one of
just a handful of U.S. agencies that are approved by the Haitian
government to serve as Haiti adoption agencies in facilitating
international adoptions from their country.
Adopting a Child From Haiti Provides a Future When There Might Not Have Been One
Haiti is the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere, so
adopting a child from Haiti creates a future for a child that otherwise
would have faced an almost certain life of poverty. Sadly, many Haitian
families cannot provide for their children and are forced to give them
to a local creche (orphanage) to ensure the child will have the
necessary food, clothing and medical care.
Haiti Adoption Process Takes Time
Haitian children are beautiful, generally healthy, and very
adaptable, particularly when it comes to adopting a baby from Haiti. Do
keep in mind that the international adoption process takes time, and you
will be required to visit the child twice during the adoption process.
The second trip is a 6-day bonding trip before you are allowed to bring
the child home. The entire Haiti adoption process can take on average of
24-30 months. It can go faster or slower, depending upon the individual
case, but patience is always a prerequisite when adopting a child from
Haiti Adoption Agencies Must Be Hague Accredited
Haiti adoption agencies are required by international law and the
Haitian government to be Hague accredited. This accreditation confirms
that the international adoption requirements that protect the best
interest of the child are a being carefully followed. As mentioned
previously, Building Arizona Families is one of the few Haiti adoption
agencies permitted to facilitate adoption of Haitian children into the
U.S., and we have a wonderful working relationship with the Haitian
government. They have placed their trust in us, knowing that we are
committed to the children that we serve. Building Arizona Families is
also committed to the Haitian people as a whole, and we are involved on a
humanitarian level in Haiti to help strengthen families and protect
Haiti Adoption Information
You can find out about international adoption Haiti requirements HERE.
Additionally, Building Arizona Families offers informative adoption
seminars on international adoption in Haiti. For more information on the
process of adopting a child from Haiti and to find out about upcoming
adoption seminars, please call or e-mail Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption
Program Manager. She would be happy to answer any questions you might
have. You can e-mail HERE,
or call her at 623-692-4424. We also offer informational seminars
online, so let Lisa know if you are unable to attend an in person
seminar. Building Arizona Families is looking forward to serving you on
your joyous forever family international adoption journey!
Adopting Children From Haiti in 2019 Changes a Child’s Future Forever
The holidays in Haiti for orphans are very different than the holidays for foster children in America. Being a foster child in the U.S. is very difficult, but financial resources for the care of foster children is provided through government funding. Resources are scarce in Haiti, as Haiti is the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere. Over 80% of Haitian residents live in poverty, and frequently the most impoverished families are forced to give their children to the creches (orphanages) as they are unable to feed and clothe them. Haiti adoption truly changes a child’s future. Building Arizona Families is an accredited adoption agency, and one of the few U.S. adoption agencies approved to handle international adoption from Haiti by the Haitian government.
Joyous Orphaned Haiti Children Dream About Forever Families – Will You Consider Adopting Children From Haiti?
Despite the poverty in Haiti, (ranked below many African countries) the children are usually joyful, generally healthy, and resourceful. A discarded water bottle can become a doll, and rolled up rags can become a ball that provides hours of play! At Christmas, a soccer ball for a Haitian creche goes a long way to make the children happy, as do items like new socks and shoes or a box of crayons. If a child being raised in these difficult circumstances tugs at your heartstrings, we invite you during this New Year to consider adopting a child from Haiti.
We Will Walk With You Through the International Adoption Process
International adoption from Haiti requires working with an internationally accredited adoption agency with an adoption agreement from the Haitian government. Building Arizona Families is delighted that our adoption agency was chosen to be one of only a handful of agencies in the United States that is approved to facilitate adoption of Haitian children. Our relationship with the Haitian government is very positive, and our adoption agency is able to process Haitian adoptions with relative ease because of the relationship we enjoy.
Building Arizona Families Personally Understands the Haiti Adoption Process
Building Arizona Families is deeply committed to the children of Haiti, and we are involved in humanitarian work along with our adoption work. Some of the staff at our internationally accredited adoption agency have adopted children internationally, and so we are also deeply committed to the prospective adoptive families that we serve. We understand the process personally, and we work hard to ensure that the adoptive process goes as smoothly as possible for the children and families we serve through the Haiti adoption process.
Download the Free Haiti Adoption Information Kit
If you are interested in adopting children from Haiti, you are invited to download our free information kit HERE. You can also view information about Haiti adoption requirements HERE, and information about the costs of Haiti adoption HERE.
Building Arizona Families offers complimentary adoption seminars in Phoenix, as well as online seminars for those unable to attend in person. Please reach out to Lisa Peterson, our Haiti Adoption Program Manager, for dates and times as well as any other questions you might have. Lisa can be reached by phone at 623-692-4424 and by e-mail at email@example.com. We look forward to visiting with you soon!
Adopting a child gives that child a stable future. Adopting a child from Haiti saves that child’s life. In 2017 data, Haiti ranks 27th globally for mortality of children under age 5, a higher mortality rate than countries like Sudan, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Bangladesh. Haiti has the highest poverty rate of any Western Hemisphere country. Roughly one quarter of Haiti’s children live life without parents. Many Haiti children live on the streets, while the fortunate ones live in orphanages hoping and praying for forever families. As one of just a few agencies approved by the Haitian government to serve as Haiti adoption agencies, Building Arizona Families can testify firsthand that adopting a child from Haiti truly saves a child’s life. If you are considering adoption, we are so grateful and will walk with you through the Haiti adoption process, assisting you in meeting the Haiti adoption requirements.
Only a Few Internationally Accredited Haiti Adoption Agencies
Building Arizona Families is one of only 19 U.S. adoption agencies permitted to serve as a Haiti adoption agency. We are licensed, internationally accredited (Hague accredited), and non-profit. Building Arizona Families is also committed to providing humanitarian aid to Haiti and to acting in the best interest of the precious Haitian children we serve.
Haiti Adoption Requirements for Prospective Haiti Adoption
Haiti adoptions are governed by the IBESR – Haiti’s Central Authority for adoptions. Haiti adoption requirements for prospective adoptive families from IBESR include: opposite sex married couples with at least one parent age 30 or older, but both parents not older than 48. Couples must be married or have cohabitated at least five years. Single applicants must be between ages 35 – 38. For more information on Haiti adoption requirements, go HERE.
Children Available for Adoption
Children available for adoption include healthy infants and children up to 12 years of age. Sibling groups are also available for adoption, as well as children with special needs. Most of the children available for adoption do not have any permanent health or developmental concerns and effects of drug or alcohol abuse are very rare. All children are also tested for HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and sickle cell anemia. For additional information on the process of adopting a child from Haiti, go HERE.
The Haitian children are beautiful, and their culture is warm and welcoming. These children deserve to be safe, loved, and to have a bright future. If you are considering Haiti adoption, we would be honored to walk with you. Together we can make sure that these precious Haitian children have loving, safe families and bright futures.
We offer onsite seminars that answer all of your questions as well as online seminars. Call Lisa Peterson, the Haiti Program Manager at 623-692-4424 or e-mail her HERE. Download our Haiti adoption information kit – CLICK HERE. It provides basic information on eligibility, requirements, processes, and costs of adopting a child from Haiti.
There are millions of children around the world who desperately need a loving, stable family to adopt them and provide a future for them. Given how great the need is, how do you even begin to make the numerous choices involved in international adoption? Building Arizona Families specializes in helping families interested in adopting a child from Haiti or adopting a baby from Haiti. We are one of a select few American Haiti adoption agencies permitted to work with the Haiti government to facilitate adoptions. Read more about our Haiti adoption program HERE.
Why Does Building Arizona Families Specialize in Helping Families Interested in Adopting a Child From Haiti?
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has been decimated further by natural disasters. Adopting a baby from Haiti absolutely provides a future that would otherwise be impossible to attain remaining in Haiti.
As you consider international adoption, the first decision is to choose the country you would like to adopt from. Most countries that are financially stable prefer adoption within their own countries. Adoption is not available in other countries for political reasons – Russia is an example of one such country.
The second decision is to choose a credible, licensed, and Hague accredited adoption agency like Building Arizona Families which can help you narrow down your choices. For Haiti Adoptions, the IBESR (the Central Authority for adoptions in Haiti) has chosen Building Arizona Families as one of only 19 U.S. adoption agencies to continue working as Haiti adoption agencies.
All countries that allow international adoption have specific guidelines, including marital status, age, income, and health. In most instances, travel is necessary for the adoptive family as the process requires time spent with the child as well as picking up the child to bring the child to the United States. This is true of families interested in adopting a baby from Haiti or adopting a child from Haiti as well.
If You Are Considering Adopting a Child From Haiti
Building Arizona Families specializes in helping families interested in adopting a child from Haiti. The country of Haiti has very specific guidelines for adoption. Opposite sex married couples with at least one parent age 30 and both parents not older than age 48 and 5 years of marriage or cohabitation OR single applicants age 35 to 48. Adopting a baby from Haiti or adopting a child from Haiti is a life changing event for infants and children up to twelve years of age.
Haiti Adoption Agencies May Be Able to Fast Track Adoption For Special Needs Children
Additionally, there is significant need for families interested in adopting a child from Haiti with special needs. Children with special needs may have easily correctable medical conditions or face more complex, lifelong challenges. Haiti adoption agencies are often able to fast track adoptions for children with special needs.
One of Just 19 Haiti Adoption Agencies Approved to Facilitate Adopting a Child From Haiti
As one of only 19 Haiti adoption agencies approved by the Haitian government, Building Arizona Families is grateful that you are considering international adoption and grateful for the time you have taken to find out more information about adopting a child from Haiti. We would love to visit with you further about how you can change a child’s life forever. We offer onsite seminars that answer all of your questions as well as online seminars. Additionally, we invite you to call Lisa Peterson, the Haiti Program Manager at 623-692-4424 or e-mail her HERE. We would be happy to set up a private meeting and answer any questions you have or personally take you through the online seminar. You can also find more information about the types of adoption, the child adoption process, and adoption costs on our website HERE.
International adoption is a wonderfully compassionate way to grow your family! At Building Arizona Families, our international team focuses on Haiti adoptions. Why should you consider adopting a child from Haiti? There are several really good reasons!
The Benefits of Adopting a Child From Haiti
First, in terms of international adoption, international travel to meet and bond with the child is a requirement. In some instances, more than one visit is required. Haiti is very close, just off the coast of Florida, so the required travel is not as rigorous or expensive as traveling to countries much further away.
Secondly, adopting a child from Haiti gives each child a future they would not have had otherwise. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Of the approximately 7.5 million people living there, about 75% live below the Haiti poverty level. Hope to change that is dim, as the unemployment level is at approximately 60%, and literacy is approximately 55%. Many families simply cannot afford to provide adequate nutrition, medicine, and education to their children. Malnutrition or disease kills approximately one in five Haitiian children. Decimated by hurricanes, the grim situation has become more serious in the past few years as the rebuilding process is slow. As you can see, adopting a child from Haiti could mean the difference between life and death. If you are considering international adoption, we hope you will give serious consideration to Haiti.
Approved Haiti Adoption Agencies Are Limited
The Haitian government does not work with every adoption agency. They are required to be internationally accredited and abide by Haitian adoption regulations. When dealing with the orphanages and the Haitian government, Building Arizona Families has a long standing, positive relationship that will be highly beneficial in the international adoption process. In reviewing Haitian adoption agencies, it is important to ensure that the agency is Hague accredited (Building Arizona Families is), and that they are an approved Haiti adoption agency by the Haitian government.
Building Arizona Families Specializes in Haiti Adoptions
Building Arizona Families is grateful that you are considering international adoption and grateful for the time you have taken to find out more information about adopting a child from Haiti. We would love to visit with you further about how you can change a child’s life forever. We offer onsite seminars that answer all of your questions, as well as online seminars. Additionally, we invite you to call us at 623-692-4424or e-mail us. We would be happy to set up a private meeting and answer any questions you have, or personally take you through the online seminar. You can also find more information about the types of adoption, the child adoption process, and adoption cost on our website HERE.
Are you a United States citizen considering international adoption? International adoption in the United States is governed by the Department of State and is considered one of their highest priorities. The United States entered into the Hague Convention in 2008. The Hague Convention is an international agreement that establishes international standards of practices for intercountry adoptions. The Convention therefore applies to all international adoptions by U.S. citizens from other countries.
U.S. CITIZENS MUST USE A HAGUE ACCREDITED ADOPTION AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION FROM HAGUE CONVENTION COUNTRIES
United States citizens desiring to adopt children internationally from Hague Convention countries are required by law to work with a Hague accredited adoption agency. A Hague accredited adoption agency is one that carries out responsibilities for ethical adoption under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. Additionally, working with a Hague accredited adoption agency helps provide additional protection for children, adoptive parents, and birth parents. As a matter of fact, the Preamble to the Hague Adoption Convention reads, “Recognizing that the child…should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love, and understanding.”
INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION HAITI
Building Arizona Families is proud to be a Hague accredited adoption agency. Additionally, we are one of a select few accredited adoption agencies that have been chosen by Haiti to provide international adoption Haiti services. There are literally thousands of vulnerable children in Haiti that currently live in creches (orphanages) who continue to pray for loving, forever families. The urgency of adopting children from Haiti is that the country is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has experienced multiple national disasters, and has few resources to meet the needs of their large orphan population. Please consider international adoption of Haiti children who deserve a bright future. For more information about Haiti adoptions, see additional information on our website HERE. You can also reach out directly to Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager at 623-692-4424 or through e-mail HERE.
Adopting a baby or an older child from Haiti is a wonderful way to grow your forever family! It provides a future for a precious child who otherwise would have very little possibility of living a prosperous life. Below is some information that you need to know about Haitian adoption requirements.
Haiti is the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere and has had additional substantial negative impacts from recent hurricanes. Children living in Haitian orphanages desperately need loving families to open their hearts and homes to them.
Haitian Adoption Requirements Include Several Restrictions
It you are interested in adopting a child from Haiti, it is important to know that the Haitian government has determined Haitian adoption requirements. They include age, marital status, and income to name a few of the requirements. Age restrictions include one parent being at least 30 years old, but not over the age of 50. Additionally, parents must be at least 14 years older than the adopted child.
Couples adopting a child from Haiti must be married at least five years or have five years of cohabitation. Single women who meet the age requirements are also welcome to adopt children from Haiti. Additionally, there is no restriction on the number of biological and adopted children a family has as long as the family is able to financially provide for the newly adopted child.
Providing Criminal History and Medical History Are Haitian Adoption Requirements
Another requirement is that families adopting a baby from Haiti may not have a criminal history. From a medical history perspective, adoptive families must not have a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease. Additionally, they can not have any other medical condition that negatively impacts their ability to parent, including significant mental health issues or substance abuse challenges. Adoptive families are also required to undergo a psychological evaluation.
Building Arizona Families offers informative adoption seminars on adopting a child from Haiti. For more information on the process of adopting a child from Haiti and to find out about upcoming adoption seminars, please call or e-mail Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager. She would be happy to any additional questions you might have. You can e-mail HERE, or call her at 623-692-4424. We also offer informational seminars online, and have helpful information on our website HERE. Building Arizona Families is looking forward to serving you on your joyous forever family journey!