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.

Adopt a Child from Haiti and Bless Them with a Home of Love and Safety

Adopt a Child from Haiti

Growing a family through love and adoption is a beautiful way to open your home to a child in need. A single parent or married couple can share in the incredible moment of welcoming a Haitian child into their lives through international adoption. Adopting a child from Haiti is blessing a child with a new beginning and a solid foundation to grow and prosper. When adopting a child from Haiti, you offer them a forever home of love and safety.

Am I Eligible to Adopt a Child from Haiti?

Adoptive families must meet the following criteria for Haiti adoption eligibility –

  • Opposite sex married couple, with at least one parent age 30, but both parents not older than 48 years
  • Single applicants need to be age 35-48 years old
  • Financially stable and able to provide for the child
  • No one in the household can have any unlawful activity in their background

Please find a complete list of adoptive parent requirements when adopting a child from Haiti, HERE.

How Long Does the International Adoption Process Take?

Due to the Haitian legal intricacies, adopting a child from Haiti can take over 36 months.

Does Building Arizona Families Have any Licenses or Accreditations for International Adoption?

As a Hague accredited international adoption agency, we operate with the highest standards. Building Arizona Families is one of a small number of U.S. adoption agencies permitted to continue working in Haiti. With over 13 years of internationally accredited adoption expertise, we greatly assist our families through the international adoption process.

Where can I Find More Information About the Haiti Adoption Program?

Please visit our website HERE to learn more about the Haiti adoption program at Building Arizona Families. Our agency also hosts adoption seminars that offer our families more information about adopting children from Haiti. Contact Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, HERE for more details on the Haiti adoption process or upcoming seminars, or call her at 623-692-4424.

Building Arizona Families is a Local Arizona Adoption Agency Helping Families Adopt a Child from Haiti

We provide adoption services for families across the USA. Building Arizona Families supports adoptive families with responsive, proactive service and communication. It is our mission to place as many children as possible into loving families, and it is a joy to help families grow. As one of a small number of U.S. adoption agencies allowed to continue working in Haiti, we operate under the highest standards. Since 2005, we have been working alongside forever families when adopting children from Haiti.

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. Building Arizona Families thanks you for entrusting us with your adoption journey and the chance to help your family grow with our accredited adoption agency in Arizona!

Do You Meet the Haiti Adoption Requirements for International Adoption?

Haiti Adoption Requirements

Families in America who meet Haiti adoption requirements can provide the safe and loving home and bright future every child deserves. Building Arizona Families assists families interested in adopting Haitian children through our international adoption program.

Haiti Adoption Process

When a family connects with Building Arizona Families, the first step we take is to learn more about the adoption journey the family wants. BAF offers several adoption programs to help all kinds of families grow. When interested in the international adoption journey, Building Arizona Families will determine if the family meets the Haiti adoption requirements. Next, every family looking to adopt from Haiti needs to complete a home study. Learn more about the home study process HERE. BAF will also assist with the dossier preparation, as a considerable amount of paperwork is required for Haiti adoption.

Haiti Adoption Requirements

Families who meet the following criteria are eligible to start the Haiti adoption process –

  • Opposite sex married couples with at least one parent age 30 and both parents under age 48
  • Single applicants must be age 35-48
  • Five years of marriage or cohabitation
  • Families must be financially stable to provide for an adopted child
  • No one in the household can have any unlawful activity in their background

To learn more about the Haiti adoption requirements, please visit our website HERE.

Building Arizona Families has been diligently working for over a decade to provide safe and loving forever homes for Haitian children. Children up to 12 years old are available for international Haiti adoptions. BAF also believes in keeping sibling groups together and is always looking for families to adopt sibling groups from Haiti. To find out more about the children available for international adoption, please visit us HERE. You can also learn more about the Haiti adoption requirements, travel, timeframe, and process on our website HERE.

Building Arizona Families is a Non-Profit, Local, Arizona Adoption Agency Supporting Forever Families

We provide international adoption services for families across the USA. Building Arizona Families supports adoptive families with responsive, proactive service and communication. It is our mission 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 to bring joy to parents who are adopting children from Haiti. If you are interested in starting your international adoption journey and meet the Haiti adoption requirements, please tell us more about your journey 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!

When Haiti Adoption Stays in the Family for Two Precious Haitian Children

Haiti Adoption

In Haitian culture, caring for extended family is an important value and responsibility. When a child in Haiti cannot be cared for by a parent, mainly because of death, poverty, incarceration, or the inability to provide proper care, Haitian households entrust aunts and uncles to provide a home for the child. When there is no extended family to turn to, a creche (orphanage) is the next step. For a Building Arizona Families forever family, an aunt and uncle in the United States were able to give a beautiful life to their two nieces through Haiti adoption.

A BAF Adoptive Family Provides a Safe and Loving Home for Their Haitian Nieces 

An adoptive family of Building Arizona Families shares their incredible story of providing a forever home for their two nieces from Haiti. Nancy and Red are married and live in Tucson, Arizona. Nancy was born in Haiti and immigrated to the United States. Because of Nancy’s sister’s untimely death, her two nieces no longer had a safe and loving home. Before Nancy’s sister passed away, she asked Nancy and Red to care for her girls and provide them the safe and loving home they need. Promptly, Nancy and Red began to explore the Haiti adoption process.

Read below the thoughts Nancy and Red had when making this remarkable decision to begin their Haiti adoption journey – 

“We know this is the right thing to do and are committed to following through with this last request. We are motivated not only out of obligation but by the love we wish to give the girls throughout their entire lives. We have the time, resources, and inclination to be proud dutiful parents and look forward to supporting the girls spiritually and financially throughout the course of their development and beyond into college or whatever post-high school pursuit they may choose. We will preserve and respect the girl’s unique Haitian culture and encourage them to learn and explore other cultures.” 

Any adoption journey can present its own challenges, and even a relative Haiti adoption can experience the same complexities as others. But Nancy and Red persevered and brought the girls home to America. Both girls are now thriving in their new home, surrounded by family and friends. Nancy is committed to keeping the girls connected to their Haitian heritage, and the girls still have relationships with other extended family members in Haiti. Beautiful adoption stories like this is why Building Arizona Families is passionate about finding forever families for every child possible. If you are interested in providing a child with a home where they can flourish, visit us HERE to learn more about the Haiti adoption process. 

Building Arizona Families is Here to Serve Families Across the United States

We provide adoption services for families across the USA. Building Arizona Families supports adoptive families with responsive, proactive service and communication. It is our mission to place as many children as possible into loving families, and it is a joy to help families grow.

With our internationally accredited adoption expertise, we can greatly assist our families through the adoption process. As one of only a limited number of U.S. adoption agencies allowed to continue working in Haiti, we are Hague accredited and meet the most stringent international adoption standards. Since 2005, we have been working alongside forever families to bring joy to parents who are adopting children from Haiti. 

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, for more information on the Haiti adoption process HERE, or call her at 623-692-4424.

Sources – 

https://cwsglobal.org/a-better-way-support-of-haiti-orphanages-does-more-harm-than-good/

https://lumos.contentfiles.net/media/documents/document/2017/02/Children_In_Institutions_Haiti.pdf

Building Arizona Families’ International Haiti Adoption

Haiti Adoption

As of May 2020, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Without adequate food, health care, and education,  “A child born today in Haiti will be only 45 percent as productive when she grows up as she could be if she had enjoyed full health and education.” (World Bank Human Index). Haiti adoption provides a secure, healthy life with many of the resources children need to succeed that are unavailable in their homeland. 

Educational outcomes for Haitian children unfortunately do not provide the platform they need to succeed. “On average Haitian children attend 11.4 years of school by age 18, which is equivalent of 6.3 years of adjusted learning and is the lowest score in the region” (World Bank Human Index). Thousands of vulnerable Haiti children are hoping for the opportunity to have a productive future. They are hoping and praying for a loving family to adopt them. Haiti adoption gives a child the life they deserve and a better future with their adoptive family.

Finding the Right International Haiti Adoption Agency 

Thank you so much for considering adopting a precious child from Haiti.  It will truly be life-changing for the child and for your family as well! When making the beautiful decision to begin your Haiti adoption journey, choosing the right international adoption agency is an essential first step. Above all else, the right adoption agency is appropriately certified, accredited, and licensed. An adoption agency should be committed to providing high levels of service and communication during the adoption process.

Building Arizona Families’ Arizona Adoption Agency is Hague Accredited

We are a licensed, non-profit, internationally Hague accredited adoption agency dedicated to finding children of Haiti safe and loving homes. Hague accreditation means an adoption agency goes through a rigorous evaluation by an accredited organization. Hague accreditation is an international standard ratified by over 75 countries. Its purpose is to provide protection for children, birth parents, and adoptive parents while supporting international adoption as a means for homeless children to receive permanent, loving families. Being Hague accredited means an agency is operating under the highest ethical standards and practices. 

Building Arizona Families is One of a Chosen Few

Since 2005, we have been working alongside forever families to facilitate adopting a child from Haiti. We have been chosen as one of a small number of U.S. adoption agencies to continue working in Haiti. Building Arizona Families has a hands-on presence in Haiti.  Our commitment to breaking down barriers helps our adoptive families Haiti adoption succeed.  Learn more HERE.

We Walk Alongside You During Your International Haiti Adoption Journey

There are adoption requirements that must be met to adopt a child from Haiti. Such as financial stability to care for the child, no one in the household can have any unlawful activity in their background, and age requirements for married couples and single applicants. See a full list of Haiti adoption requirements HERE.

Building Arizona Families walks with our adoptive families, assisting with the extensive amount of dossier paperwork required to adopt a child from Haiti. A dossier is a compilation of documents required for government authentication. Learn more about the dossier paperwork preparation HERE. A professional home study report is also required for the dossier preparation. Read more about home studies Building Arizona Families offers for Arizona residents only, HERE.

International Haiti Adoption is a Wonderful Way to Build a Forever Family

Building Arizona Families provides expertise in the international adoption process.  We also support our adoptive families with responsive, proactive service and communication throughout the entire process.

For more information on our international Haiti adoption program, visit us HERE. Let us know how we can better help you start your adoption journey HERE. We also invite you to attend one of our informative adoption seminars. Contact Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, for more information on the Haiti adoption process at lisa@buildingarizonafamilies.com, or call her at 623-692-4424.

Source – 

https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/haiti/overview

How We Can Support the Orphans in Haiti Through Haiti Adoption

Haiti Adoption

The effects of the coronavirus on the Haitian economy are devastating for Haitian children who live in poverty.  While solutions for COVID-19 are being sought globally, we can prepare loving families to open their hearts and homes to vulnerable Haiti children who urgently need safe and loving homes to grow up in through Haiti adoption. 

Are you able to open your home to a Haitian child and allow them to grow in a loving and stable environment?  If so, please contact Building Arizona Families HERE and learn how you can support children in Haiti who are struggling without any family or loved ones.  Building Arizona Families is still providing services to begin or continue a Haiti adoption journey. The IBESR (the Central Authority for adoptions in Haiti) has chosen BAF to place children from Haiti with adoptive families in the United States. Currently, we are seeking families who would like to adopt children over the age of six and are open to adopting siblings. An unknown number of children in Haiti need a healthier and safer life, and through Haiti adoption, they can finally have a safe, loving, and secure future. Learn more about Haiti adoptions at Building Arizona Families HERE and let us know how we can better serve you on your international adoption journey.

Building Arizona Families Would be Honored to Support Your Haiti Adoption Journey

We provide international adoption services for families across the USA. Building Arizona Families supports adoptive families with responsive, proactive service and communication. It is our mission to place as many children as possible into loving families, and it is a joy to help families grow. As one of a small number of U.S. adoption agencies allowed to continue working in Haiti, we are Hague accredited and meet the most stringent international adoption standards. Since 2005, we have been working alongside forever families to bring joy to parents who are adopting children from Haiti. 

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!

Sources – 

https://www.adoptioncouncil.org/blog2020/03/adoption-travel-in-the-time-of-covid19
https://ht.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information
https://ufondwa.org/history-natural-disasters-haiti/

Building Forever Families by Adopting Children from Haiti

Adopting Children From Haiti

When adopting children from Haiti, forever families can begin to provide children with the love and attention they deserve. But forever families also provide essential life necessities for children they may commonly go without. Every child deserves a chance at a family, especially at this time. Adoption provides love, community, and connection.

Even with all that is going on right now, our Haiti team is communicating with our partners and parents daily. We understand the anxiety and uncertainty that this outbreak can produce, but we also encourage families to be optimists. Where can we see the opportunity in a difficult time to grow and learn? Times like this can show us where we need to learn to become better versions of ourselves, and it also can show us where we are stronger in one area or another—stronger and more resilient than we ever knew.

Hopeful Adoptive Parents can Still Adopt During This Unique Time

Although a family might be sheltered-in at this time, that doesn’t mean they cannot move forward in their wish to become a parent to a child in need. In fact, hopeful adoptive families can begin the adoption process now and can seize the opportunity to show themselves in a unique light and to tell their story in a very human way. Not only will others be able to relate, but hopeful adoptive parents could use this unique moment in time to show just how calm, cool, and collected they will be as parents. Yes, we all do look a little less put together than we may want to present ourselves, but perfection doesn’t define love, community, and connection. This is a once in a lifetime situation that is playing out each day before our eyes. As we continue doing home studies for our families (read more about home studies HERE) and working with hopeful parents, our approach will be gentle and our advice will be simple: If you are ready, adopting children from Haiti now is a great time to showcase yourself in an honest light. Real people build real families founded in love.

Building Arizona Families Guides Families Adopting Children From Haiti

If you have found at this time you are ready to provide a safe, healthy, loving forever home for a vulnerable Haitian child, we invite you to consider Building Arizona Families adoption agency to walk with you on your international adoption journey. Since 2005, we have been working alongside forever families adopting children from Haiti. Building Arizona Families supports adoptive families with responsive, proactive service and communication. It is our mission to place as many children as possible into loving families, and it is a joy to help families grow. As an agency approved to work in Haiti, we are Hague accredited and operate with the highest standards in adoption.

The Mission of Building Arizona Families is to Help Forever Families Grow

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, Haiti’s 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 by adopting children from Haiti!

We are all in this together and we are all realizing that it is the little things that make a difference in how we think and feel and what we can do to change the future for ourselves and a child in need. 

Feeling Confident in Beginning the Haiti Adoption Process

Haiti Adoption Process

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. 

Updates on Adopting a Child From Haiti

team working on helping families with adopting a child from Haiti

Dear Haiti adoptive families, 

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.

Best wishes,

Lisa Peterson

International Program Manager

Adopting Children From Haiti Saves Lives – International Adoption How-To

Adopting Children From Haiti in 2019 Changes a Child’s Future Forever

international adoption, Haiti adoption, adopting children from Haiti

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 lisa@buildingarizonafamilies.org. We look forward to visiting with you soon!