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!

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. 

Traveling to See Your Child During Haiti Adoption Process

Haiti Adoption

Building Arizona Families is on a mission to place as many children as possible into loving forever families through our Haiti adoption program. As a licensed, non-profit, Hague accredited international adoption agency we can work with families in any state through our Haiti adoption program. Our committed staff works passionately to protect the best interest of Haitian children and our adoptive families.

Building Arizona Families Walks Alongside Your Family During Haiti Adoption Journey

Building Arizona Families is looking for adoptive families who are interested in adopting children five years old and older and sibling groups.  We are also able to assist with kinship adoptions from Haiti. Another task is dossier preparation.  It can sometimes seem daunting, but with our experience and expertise, we assist our families in the compilation of the many required documents. 

Since 2005, we have been working alongside forever families when they choose to adopt a child from Haiti, and are one of just a handful of U.S. adoption agencies permitted to facilitate the adoption of Haitian children by the Haiti government. We have a hands-on connection to Haiti. 

There are specific requirements adoptive families must meet, including two trips to Haiti. Learn more about Haiti adoption requirements, costs, and time frames HERE

Your Initial Trip

After the Haitian government approves the referral of a child, the adoptive family travels to Haiti for two weeks for a socialization period with the adoptive child. 

During the socialization period, adoptive families take time to begin building a loving relationship with their child. Every child experiences this time differently, but adoptive families treasure these moments as they anticipate bringing their child home forever.

Final Trip

The second trip is a final six-day bonding period before adoptive families bring their child home! At the end of the six days, the family is permitted to travel to the USA with their child. This bonding period helps the child begin the process of feeling safe and secure before traveling to their new home.

Feel Prepared and Confident Before Taking Initial and Final Haiti Trips

Adoptive families can prepare themselves beforehand to feel confident during these essential trips during the Haiti adoption process. At first, your child may be anxious, nervous, scared, or even confused. These are all very normal feelings to have during this time of change. Bonding with your child during your visits may feel more relaxed following these suggestions-

  • Don’t rush it, let your child take the lead when spending time together, and listen to cues they are giving.
  • Talk, read, and sing to your child as much as possible.
  • Play simple games.
  • Be sensitive and understanding of your child’s emotions and needs. Respect the way your child responds to this new experience.

Let us know how we can better help you start your adoption journey HERE. We serve all families in the USA with high levels of communication and feel privileged to help families grow through the miracle of adoption. For more information on how you can adopt a child from Haiti, visit us HERE.  Contact Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, for more information on the Haiti adoption process HERE, or call her at 623-692-4424.

Give a Child a Forever Family as a Single Parent Adopting From Haiti

Single parents around the country share the joy Kara felt when adopting a child internationally. Kara, a single parent adopting from Haiti, shares her story with us on our Building Arizona Families Youtube channel, HERE. Kara opens up about her adoption journey and experience with Building Arizona Families.

It was essential for Kara to find an adoption agency that was open, honest, and transparent. With support and guidance from BAF, Kara felt comfortable during the adoption process and felt she was able to stay true to herself. As a single parent adopting from Haiti, being truly listened to was a key component in choosing to work with Building Arizona Families on her adoption journey. She immediately felt confident and relaxed working with our staff who have also adopted internationally.

The Magical Call That Blessed Kara’s Life Forever

During a meeting at work, Kara received a phone call and knew her life was about to change forever. This proud mama can remember the exact moment she learned she had matched with a little girl in Haiti. Kara explains this day as the best day of her life. After waiting patiently through the long process of international adoption, finally getting the call is magical. That night, Kara celebrated how fortunate she was to be a single parent adopting from Haiti and to be blessed with this little girl.

At a young age, Kara knew she wanted to adopt a child. After traveling to many places and seeing the devastation children can grow up in, she knew international adoption was the perfect fit.

Kara shares how fortunate enough she was to spend two weeks in Haiti with her precious little girl. She learned how beautiful, sweet, inquisitive, and curious her little girl was. But Kara couldn’t help but ask, “What if she doesn’t love me as much as I love her?” Things started tentatively at first, but during her two-week visit, a beautiful bond started to form. This fantastic single parent adopting from Haiti was able to show her loving commitment to a child in need. On the last day of the visit, Kara talks about her emotional goodbye and how she knew this little girl loved her back when she reached out to Kara and wiped her tear away.

Provide a Hopeful Future for a Child in Need as a Single Parent Adopting From Haiti

When visiting Haiti to meet her precious daughter, Kara saw many children who do not have many of the things which others take for granted. These children lack simple things like fresh drinking water, safe living conditions, and above all else, the secure love of parents. At Building Arizona Families, we are on a mission to find safe and loving homes for as many Haitian children as possible. Do you feel called to open your heart and provide a hopeful future for one of these precious children?

For more information on how you can adopt a child from Haiti, visit us HERE. Let us know how Building Arizona Families, a local Hague accredited adoption agency, can better help you start your adoption journey HERE. Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, can provide more information on the Haiti adoption process or details about upcoming seminars, email her HERE 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!

Growing Your Forever Family by Adopting Children From Haiti

Adopting Children from Haiti

As a licensed, non-profit, Hague accredited adoption agency, Building Arizona Families is dedicated to finding families wanting to grow by adopting children from Haiti. Because of the poor economic and social conditions in Haiti, there are many children in need of a safe, loving, and permanent home. Our internationally accredited adoption agency can help loving families anywhere in the United States adopt orphaned Haitian children. 

Our international adoption agency is committed to providing high levels of service and communication during the adoption process. Because we are internationally certified, accredited, and licensed, families can be assured that Building Arizona Families provides the expertise children and families need during the process of adopting children from Haiti. Hague accredited adoption agencies undergo rigorous review to insure that they meet the highest standards of professionalism and expertise, always working in the best interest of every child and family. At Building Arizona Families, we want your family to be supported through every step of the adoption journey.

If you or your family are considering adding to your family, learn more about Haiti adoption requirements HERE. Our agency also hosts adoption seminars that offer our families more information about adopting children from Haiti and can answer any questions you may have. Our Arizona adoption agency offers onsite seminars as well as online seminars for those who can’t travel to Phoenix. Check out our Facebook page HERE to learn more about upcoming seminars.

Our Local Adoption Agency Enjoys Helping Forever Families Grow 

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 only 19 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. 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 Adoption Requirements Helps Put Children First

Haiti adoption requirements

Many women and men who long for children experience pain and heartache.  This heartache can turn to joy through welcoming a beautiful and ready to be loved child into your loving embrace. There are also men and women already raising children who know how great the need is for Haiti orphans to have loving, stable homes.  They open their hearts and homes to provide loving security so desperately needed by Haiti orphans.

Building Arizona Families is a Hague accredited Arizona adoption agency helping women and men around the United States find the joy and laughter they have been waiting for. Our agency is only one of a handful of adoption agencies that the Haitian government has chosen to work with.  One of the reasons we are a selected agency is that our staff are very knowledgeable in regards to fulfilling Haiti adoption requirements including government applications/forms, and the actual requirements included by the government in the adoption process.  The process is stringent and time consuming, because the Haitian government takes its’ responsibility to protect children very seriously.  Families who are adopting Haitian children really wouldn’t want it any other way- it’s right to put the children first always.

Meeting the Haiti Adoption Requirements for a Brighter Future

The Haiti government protects their native children and wants to ensure they have a bright and promising future ahead of them. They adhere strongly to their Haiti adoption requirements to find the very best of homes for their children needing a forever family. Unfortunately, the land conditions, illness, natural disasters and poverty in Haiti cause hardship and hopeless conditions for its people, children included. Many families in the U.S., however, are eligible to adopt a child from Haiti and give them the forever family they wish for. 

The list of Haiti adoption requirements are issued by the Haitian government in order to ensure it is finding safe, loving homes for its children. Some of the requirements adoptive families would need to meet are:

  • Opposite-sex married couples, one parent at least the age of 30 and both parents not older than age 48
  • Single women must be 35-48 years old
  • Financially stable in order to provide for the child
  • No one in the home can have any unlawful activity in their background 

Find out more about the Haiti adoption requirements HERE, and see if your family is eligible to adopt a beautiful child from Haiti waiting for their forever home. 

How the Laws of Haiti Adoption Requirements Changed Haiti Adoption 

In 2013, the Haiti Parliament voted to change the adoption laws that were previously written in 1974. The New Adoption Law for Haiti was put in place, giving adoptive families new criteria in order to meet the new adoption requirements. The Haitian government proceeded to hand select a group of Hague accredited adoption agencies that would work in the best interest of the children of Haiti. Building Arizona Families was one of the adoption agencies the Haitian government chose to successfully work with. 

Our Hague accredited adoption agency has found many wonderful adoptive homes for the children of Haiti with families around the U.S. We have been blessed to see these families flourish with love brought into their forever family. 

If your family meets the adoption requirements for Haiti, you too can experience the overwhelming love and joy that adopting a child from Haiti could bring into your life. These children are strong, beautiful, and loving children wanting love and safety for their future. 

You Just Might be the Perfect Family for Haitian Children in Need

You can help Building Arizona Families find forever homes for the precious children of Haiti. Find out more information about international adoption Haiti requirements HERE.  Additionally, Building Arizona Families offers informative adoption seminars on international adoption in Haiti. 

For more information on the process of adopting a child from Haiti and to find out about upcoming adoption seminars, please call or e-mail Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager. She would be happy to answer any questions you might have. You can e-mail HERE, or call her at 623-692-4424.  We also offer informational seminars online, so let Lisa know if you are unable to attend an in-person seminar. Building Arizona Families is looking forward to serving you on your joyous forever family international adoption journey!

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