How Our Haiti Adoption Agency Helps Families On Their Adoption Journey

At Building Arizona Families, our Haiti adoption agency has been helping families adopt children from Haiti since 2005. As a licensed, non-profit, Hague accredited Haiti adoption agency, we are excited to work with families in any state through our Haiti adoptions program.

Are You Eligible to Adopt Internationally with Our Haiti Adoption Agency? 

Are you considering adopting a child from Haiti? We are here to help you along your adoption journey. Whether you are a family wanting to grow, a married couple or a single applicant wishing to start your family – Building Arizona Families wants to help you begin your journey of adopting a child from Haiti. 

To be eligible to adopt a child from Haiti, the Haiti adoption requirements for couples are- 

  • Opposite sex couples with at least one parent age 30, and both parents under age 48
  • Five years of marriage or cohabitation
  • Families can have any number of biological or adopted children, as long as they can provide for the adopted child from Haiti
  • Financially stable
  • No one in the house can have any unlawful activity in their background

To be eligible to adopt a child from Haiti, the requirements for singles are- 

  • Single applicants age 35-48
  • Single applications can have any number of biological or adopted children, as long as they can provide for the adopted child from Haiti
  • Financially stable
  • No one in the house can have any unlawful activity in their background

Who is Available to Adopt Through International Haiti Adoption?

Healthy children up to 12 years old are waiting for adoption. Unless they are part of a sibling group, the youngest age a child may come home is around six to seven years old. Most children have no permanent health or developmental concerns. If your family feels drawn to adopt a child from Haiti who experiences these concerns, our Haiti adoption agency always need families to adopt children with special needs. 

How Does Building Arizona Families Assist Families on Their Journeys?

Building Arizona Families will take the time to guide you through the Haiti adoption process and assist you in the preparation for Haiti adoptions. Let us know how we can better help you start your adoption journey HERE

For more information on how you can adopt a child from Haiti, visit our Haiti adoption agency program page HERE. Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, is happy to answer any questions you have. You can e-mail HERE or call her at 623-692-4424. Please visit our Haiti Adoptions page HERE for more detailed information about our Haiti adoption agency and our program. 

Our Haiti Adoption Agency is Non-Profit, Licensed, and Hague Accredited

Haiti Adoption Agency

Are you currently searching for Haiti adoption agencies in Arizona? When searching for Haiti adoption agencies, ensuring the agency is appropriately licensed and accredited is a vital first step in your international adoption journey. As a non-profit, licensed and accredited adoption agency, Building Arizona Families is able to offer a Haiti adoption program. Proper licensing and accreditation can ensure adoptive families, birth parents, and children are fully protected and cared for during the adoption process. If you are looking for more information about the Haiti adoption program, please download our free info kit HERE. Our mission is to place as many Haitian children in forever homes as possible and we can only do this with the love and support of our amazing growing families!

Hague Accredited Haiti Adoption Agency 

A Hague accreditation means an adoption agency goes through rigorous evaluation by an accrediting entity. Standards and practices like adoptive parent recruitment, placement of special needs children, home study comprehensiveness, and education available throughout a Haiti adoption are intensely evaluated. 

Being Hague accredited means an agency is operating under the highest standards. We have been chosen as one of a small number of adoption agencies to continue working in Haiti. Since 2005, we have been working alongside forever families when they decide to adopt a child from Haiti. Visit us HERE to learn more about our commitment to breaking down barriers to help our family’s Haiti adoption succeeds.

With our internationally accredited adoption expertise, we can significantly assist our families through the adoption process. The compilation of many required documents can seem daunting, but we help our families every step of the way. Our adoptive families are a top priority. Building Arizona Families supports adoptive families with responsive, proactive service and communication.

Choosing a Hague Accredited Adoption Agency for Haiti Adoptions

When making the beautiful decision to begin the Haiti adoption journey, choosing the right adoption agency is essential. Your adoption agency should be committed to providing high levels of service and communication during the adoption process. Above all else, the right adoption agency is appropriately certified, accredited, and licensed. A Hague accredited adoption agency will work very seriously to protect every child and family.

At Building Arizona Families, we want your family to be provided with the utmost professionalism and expertise. As a Hague accredited, licensed, non-profit adoption agency, we are equipped and ready to help you on your adoption journey. We provide adoption services for families across the USA. Our mission is to place as many children as possible into loving families, and it is a joy to help families grow.

For more information on how you can adopt a child from Haiti, please visit Adopt Haiti Children HERE. Let us know how we can better help you start your adoption journey HERE. Contact Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, by email HERE or call her at 623-692-4424 for more information on the Haiti adoption process or find out details about upcoming adoption seminars.

Our Hague Accredited, International Haiti Adoption Agency Supports You

Whether completing an international Haiti adoption or another kind of adoption, an adoptive family will have many adjustments to make when they bring home their adopted child. As a licensed, non-profit, international Hague accredited adoption agency, we are dedicated to helping our families throughout their international Haiti adoption journey.

When a newly-adopted child, regardless of age, joins the family, both the parents and the child face a period of adjustment. The parents will be getting used to the new role of parenting, and the child will be adjusting to his or her new home and family.

Building Arizona Families Offers Adoption Support for our Forever Families

It is important to understand that the process of domestic and international Haiti adoption and the removal from a birth mother, orphanage, or foster home to an entirely different home and perhaps from another country is a huge change and it can be quite traumatic. Try to see the world from your child’s point of view including the new sounds, smells, food, people, lights, and clothing they are experiencing. Be aware that your child will be grieving. Babies do grieve the loss of the birth mother, sometimes for weeks and months. Some babies withdraw emotionally or cry inconsolably for the first few days. This grief often emerges once they are more settled in their new home. Older children grieve the loss of the life they knew; all they knew is gone and they had no control over anything.

Here are some suggestions for helping you and your child to adjust:

1. Ease the trauma of transition as much as possible. Ask about routines, likes, and dislikes. Some parents have been able to send a receiving blanket or stuffed animal beforehand with their own body scent on it so the child recognizes them by smell. Even if washed on return, it will then have the familiar smell of their prior home to comfort them. When you receive your child, leave the original clothing on for the first few hours or days if possible, keep at least one piece of clothing if permitted (take new clothes to exchange), and keep it, unwashed, in their bed for a few days. Keep food changes to a minimum and slowly transition to new formula or food.

2. Minimize your child’s exposure to anyone outside the family for the first few weeks after international Haiti adoption placement. Let no one else hold the baby except the parents, even at the airport on your triumphant arrival home. Isolate yourselves with your new child at home for the first week or two, with as few visitors as possible. Do not let visitors hold your baby. If family members want to help, ask them to bring meals, do shopping and errands, or clean the house. If challenged, say the social worker or doctor advised this early isolation.

3. Recreate the routine. A predictable routine will help your child feel safe and secure. Keep everything quiet and low-key for a few weeks with no welcome home parties or other excitement.

4. Focus on building attachment in the early weeks at home post-international Haiti adoption. Lots of physical contact is very important. Hold and carry the child as much as possible. Use a baby sling or cloth carrier to carry her or him facing inwards against your body. Wear your baby all day while you go about household tasks or out shopping or walking. Play together. Newly-adopted babies should be responded to when they cry in the night. Leaving a baby or child to cry is not appropriate for newly-adopted children.

5. Prepare as much as you can beforehand.

6. You will feel exhausted. Get your support system in place before you return.

7.  Take time for yourself, your spouse, and your other children. You need to take care of yourself. Make sure you eat nutritious food, get some exercise, and don’t neglect your marriage.

8. Get help from your support network when you feel stressed. If you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or depressed or are feeling frustrated or worried about your child’s behavior, talk it over with another adoptive parent you know and trust. Don’t hesitate to call your social worker about problems and don’t pretend everything is fine when there are problems.

Building Arizona Families is Hague Accredited for International Haiti Adoptions

Learn more about international Haiti adoptions with our Hague accredited adoption agency, Building Arizona Families, HERE. Let us know how we can better serve you on your international adoption journey to adopt Haiti children HERE.

Contact Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, HERE for more information on the Haiti adoption process, learn more about upcoming seminars, or call her at 623-692-4424. Building Arizona Families thanks you for entrusting us with your adoption journey and the chance to help your family grow!

Our Hague Accredited Adoption Agency can Help You Grow Your Family

Hague Accredited

Building Arizona Families encourages families wanting to grow to learn more about international adoption. As a Hague accredited adoption agency, we are able to complete home studies for international adoption for families in Arizona. Our Hague accredited adoption agency is also appropriately licensed, accredited, and in good standing with the Haiti government to facilitate successful Haiti adoptions that create beautiful forever families. Hague accreditation is an extremely rigorous vetting process for international adoptions, and agencies that are Hague accredited meet very high standards. Please download the Haiti adoption info kit HERE or learn more information about our international adoption program HERE.

Developing a Home Safety Plan to Help Your Adopted Child Achieve Felt Safety in Their New Home

A crucial step in the bonding and attachment process with your adopted child is helping them develop feelings of safety in their new home and family. Developing a Home Safety Plan can be part of this process. This is especially important with older children and with children who have been adopted internationally. Here are steps to help you develop a plan:

1. Develop a written safety plan and post it in an accessible place in your home. Include emergency phone numbers and an outline of your home with arrows showing the paths to any exits. Take into consideration different types of emergencies, such as medical, fire, storms, extreme heat/cold, etc. when developing your plans.
2. As age-appropriate, walk your child through your plans step-by-step so that they become familiar. Use pictures. Use this as an opportunity to identify any special considerations you may need to make or any specific responsibilities your child may have (e.g. waiting for a parent versus leaving the home unaccompanied). Identify and practice the safe paths to leave your home and a specific location to meet, like a neighbor’s house, in case you get separated.
3. Ensure that your children have ways to get in touch with you if needed. Help them memorize important phone numbers and teach them about knowing how to ask trusted adults for help. Teach them to use the phone or text.
4. Go over example situations in which your child may need to ask for help. Some children may have trouble identifying what is an emergency or not, depending on their age or developmental needs, so rehearsing possible situations can be helpful. For example, what do they need to do if you become separated at the store and that hiding when you are shopping is not a fun game.
5. Plan for the long term. Emergencies, even small ones, can awaken old traumas or be traumatic in their own right and may require additional aftercare. Being aware of this ahead of time can help you know what to look for in the long run, if an emergency does end up occurring.
6. You, as the parent, need to remain calm. Teach your child you are safe and can be trusted. Responding to the child’s concerns helps build a lasting bond that starts with trust.

Our Hague Accredited Adoption Agency is Ready to Help You Start Your International Adoption Journey

We provide international adoption services for families across the USA. Adopt Haiti Children supports adoptive families with responsive, proactive service and communication. Our mission is to place as many children as possible into loving families, and it is a joy to help families grow.

As one of a limited number of U.S. adoption agencies allowed to continue working in Haiti, we are Hague accredited and meet stringent international adoption standards. Since 2005, we have been working alongside forever families when adopting children from Haiti. Learn more about the importance of a Hague accredited adoption agency HERE.

For more information on how you can adopt a child from Haiti, visit us HERE. Let us know how we can better help you start your adoption journey HERE. Contact Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, HERE for more information on the Haiti adoption process or learn more about upcoming seminars, or call her at 623-692-4424. Building Arizona Families thanks you for entrusting us with your adoption journey and the chance to help your family grow!

Haiti International Adoption Stays Strong Despite A Declining Adoption Rate

International adoption rates have declined by 70% since 2005. This significant decline has created a negative impact on the vast number of children needing homes throughout the world. International adoption is a beautiful way for children, who often live in abject poverty, to grow up in with greater life opportunities.

Despite the falling global adoption rates, international adoption in Haiti has remained strong, creating opportunities for orphaned children. We are grateful for the support of the Haiti government and the orphanages which care for the children before they are adopted. Because of our strong relationships with the Haitian government, Building Arizona Families is honored to be one of just a handful of U.S. adoption agencies that are permitted to provide international adoption services for the children of Haiti.

The Declining Adoption Rates Affect Children Around The World

By 2015, international adoption dropped 72% percent from 2005 due to countries changing influential laws on adoption. Countries like Romania, Guatemala, Russia, and China were all former leaders in international adoption but began to cut back or prevent international adoption. In 2005, almost 46,000 children were adopted with nearly half of those children finding their forever family in the United States. Sadly, in 2015 this number dropped down to a mere 12,000 in total, with only a little over 5,000 children finding the United States as their new home. Since the U.S. Department of State assumed responsibility for the oversight of inter-country adoption in 2008, the number of abandoned, orphaned, and vulnerable children around the world extended into the tens of millions, yet the number of children adopted by American citizens continues to decrease annually under their oversight, to a new historic low of 4,059 in 2018.

No matter what the reason for this drastic decline, there are children all around the world in desperate need of a safe and loving home. We remain grateful to the government of Haiti for recognizing the need to provide orphans with the opportunity for a better life through Haiti international adoption.

Save a Child From Less Fortunate Living Conditions with Haiti International Adoption

Due to economic conditions and natural catastrophes, there are not enough families or homes in Haiti available to care for Haitian children in need. Every Haitian child deserves the opportunity to feel loved and safe with a forever family. This is where we need your help! Building Arizona Families is looking for loving adoptive families across the United States who are ready to offer a Haitian child a reliable, permanent forever family. As a non-profit, Hague accredited adoption agency, we assist families across the United States as they commit to changing a child’s life and begin their Haiti international adoption journey.

Helping Forever Families Grow Through International Adoption

Building Arizona Families helps families grow through the beautiful gift of international adoption. We have received the highest level of international accreditation,Hague accreditation, and provide our families with 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. Learn more about our Haiti international adoption program HERE.

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.

Let us know how we can better help you start your adoption journey HERE. Contact Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, for more information on the Haiti adoption process HERE, or call her at 623-692-4424.

Sources:

http://theconversation.com/international-adoptions-have-dropped-72-percent-since-2005-heres-why-91809

Click to access Tab%201%20Annual%20Report%20on%20Intercountry%20Adoptions.pdf

https://www.adoptioncouncil.org/blog/2019/03/fy2018-intercountry-adoption-report-released

Creating A Beautiful Bond By Adopting From Haiti as a Single Parent

Single parent adopting from Haiti

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 lisa@buildingarizonafamilies.org.

We look forward to visiting with you soon!