Haiti Adoption can Change the World, One Adoption at a Time

Adoption Haiti

Countless organizations raise awareness for the many ways we can change our world to make it a better place. Many amazing organizations help children around the world who need love, protection, and a forever family. Building Arizona Families is one of those organizations that focuses on helping children in at-risk parts of the world. We are on a mission to find as many safe and loving homes for Haitian children through our international Haiti adoption program. We are actively looking for families who want to adopt children over the age of six or sibling groups.

Adopting from Haiti Will Change a Child’s Life Forever 

Learning How to Support Your New Child’s Life Transitions 

Haiti adoptions are incredible journeys to change a child’s life. It is important, however, to be aware that early life experiences will affect your child. Every child who has lost their birth family and lived in an orphanage has experienced trauma. Be prepared to be a part of your adopted Haitian child’s healing by addressing the effects of the trauma they have experienced. 

Learning About Becoming a Multicultural Family 

One important way of easing the transition into a different culture and family is by integrating parts of their Haitian culture into your family’s everyday life. It could be by cooking their favorite Haitian foods or learning to speak some Haitian Creole. Learning about and celebrating your child’s birth culture will help them develop a healthy identity while you expand your understanding of the Haitian people.

Letting Go of Control to Let Love and Happiness In 

During your Haiti adoption journey, there are many aspects of the process that are out of your control. Adoption timelines and approvals by the Haitian government are a couple of the items that require you to be flexible and patient. While the journey provides lessons in patience and relinquishment of control, they can yield happiness and joy, giving you rich life lessons that will be invaluable for your family’s future. 

Embracing Profound Life Change 

International Haiti adoption will have its challenges, but it will also bring you the joy of growing your forever family. Your heart and core will profoundly grow when bringing your adopted child from Haiti into your family. 

Building Arizona Families is on a Mission to Find Forever Homes for Every Child in Need

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 the 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 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!

Choosing a Hague Accredited Adoption Agency for Haiti Adoptions

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When making the decision to begin the Haiti adoption journey, choosing the right adoption agency is an essential first step. 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 one that is appropriately certified, accredited, and licensed. A Hague accredited adoption agency is required for Haiti adoptions to ensure that the best interests of the child are always first and foremost. 

At Building Arizona Families, we understand the adoption journey, as many of our staff members have adopted children themselves! We will walk with your family with compassion, the utmost professionalism, and expertise in handling the many aspects of Haiti adoptions. We are a Hague accredited, licensed, local adoption agency which has also been accredited by the Haitian government.

How is a Hague Accredited Adoption Agency Different?

A Hague accreditation means an adoption agency goes through rigorous evaluation by an international adoption accrediting organization. Countries permitting international adoption require Hague accreditation for adoption agencies to work in their country. Standards and practices like adoptive parent recruitment, placement of special needs children, home study comprehensiveness, and adoptive family education are all intensely evaluated.

Being Hague accredited means an agency is operating under the highest standards. Not only is Building Arizona Families Hague accredited, but we have been chosen as one of only 19 U.S. adoption agencies to continue working in Haiti. Since 2005, we have been serving adoptive families as they adopt children from Haiti. We are committed to working with families to successfully complete adoptions from Haiti. Learn more about our Haiti adoption program HERE.

Our Families are Top Priority During Their 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.

With our internationally accredited adoption expertise, we can greatly 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 – we are available to you during this extraordinary time in you and your family’s lives.

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 by email HERE or call her at 623-692-4424.

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

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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

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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!

Considering International Adoption?

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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 623-692-4424 or 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?

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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.


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.”


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.

Wondering About Haitian Adoption Requirements?

Children's photo of Haitian adoption requirements 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!

Adopting a Child From Haiti Creates a Bright Future!

Do you want to build your forever family with a child or children who face a dismal future without your safe home and loving care? Please consider adopting a child from Haiti.  As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, there are thousands of Haitian children living in orphanages that urgently need loving, safe forever families where they can have a bright future. Could that be you? Haiti adoption is not a simple process, but changing a child’s life forever is certainly worth it!

The Haitian government provides the guidelines on who is eligible to adopt.  Adopting a child from Haiti requires the parent to be at least 21 years older than the child. Married couples are required to be between 30 and 49 years of age and to have been married at least five years. There is no marriage requirement, but single people must be between the ages of 35 and 49 years old. Additionally, anyone with a criminal history is not eligible to adopt. A Haiti adoption can take between 24 – 30 months to complete with several steps in between.

The process of adopting a child from Haiti includes pre-adoptive training, building a dossier of required documentation, child matching, visiting/bonding with your prospective adoptive child, US Embassy paperwork, and then waiting for approvals. Building Arizona Families, a licensed, non-profit, Hague accredited adoption agency is one of just a handful of adoption agencies that has the privilege of serving Haitian children. We have Haiti adoption specialists who will walk beside you through the process of a Haiti adoption.

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 so that we can answer any additional questions you might have. You can e-mail us HERE, or call 623.936.4729.   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!

Urgent Need for International Adoption of Haitian Children

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The need to adopt Haiti children is urgent when considering just how many orphans there are in Haiti.  The numbers range considerably concerning just how many orphans there are in Haiti because gathering accurate data in an underdeveloped country can be challenging at best. An average would be over 30,000 children in a country of approx. 8 million. Haiti is the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere, and the orphanages in Haiti are private, running primarily on donations to care for the children.

The Haitian children are beautiful. Their culture is warm and welcoming. And these children deserve to be safe, loved, and to have a bright future.

Building Arizona Families (BAF) is proud of the International Adoption program that focuses on finding forever families for Haitian children. BAF is one of just over two dozen Hague accredited adoption agencies that are permitted by the Haitian government to facilitate adoption of Haitian orphans. BAF has strong relationships with the government and with reputable orphanages (called crèches in Haiti).

We invite you to consider if you might be able to adopt Haiti children. The children are generally healthy, vary in age range, and there are sibling groups available for adoption as well.

If you are unable to adopt Haiti children yourself, we encourage you to share this information with your friends, family, church, co-workers, etc. Together we can make sure that these precious Haitian children have loving, safe families and bright futures. Please download the Haiti adoption kit as well. It provides basic information on eligibility, requirements, processes, and costs of adopting a child from Haiti.

CLICK HERE for more info and to download our complimentary info kit.