How Our Haiti Adoption Agency Helps Families On Their Adoption Journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who is Available to Adopt Through International Haiti Adoption?

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

How Does Building Arizona Families Assist Families on Their Journeys?

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

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

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

Haiti Adoption Agency

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

Hague Accredited Haiti Adoption Agency 

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

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

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

Choosing a Hague Accredited Adoption Agency for Haiti Adoptions

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

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

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

Our International Family Adoption Agency Supports the Parenting Journey

International Family Adoption Agency

As an international family adoption agency, Building Arizona Families recognizes that a common issue among children who are adopted internationally or from foster care is food hoarding or food issues. While it can be frustrating to deal with as a parent, there are some strategies to handling it successfully.

Our International Family Adoption Agency Supports Adoptive Parents and Parenting Children with Food Issues

The trauma of an experience, maybe years in the past, could still live with and haunt adopted children. They may have had a deep-seated belief they were going to starve. This belief propels them to take extra food when they are full, take a fist full of candy, or hide snacks under the bed. Here are a few key responses to food issues that may bring healthy results.

1. Compassion. Many adoptive parents can’t imagine what it was like to be starving as an infant, toddler, or youngster. Remember where your adopted child has come from, what their brain is whispering to them, and what they live with.

2.  Reassurance. Let your adopted child know it’s going to be okay, that you will take care of them, and assure them there is enough to eat. It’s reassurance that builds up self-confidence and belief that they actually will be okay. It’s reassurance that plants seeds of trust deep. While the trauma of not getting enough food to eat may always live with your adopted child, you can bring about a sense of peace.

3.  Freedom. Give your adopted child a box, a bag, or a place where they can get food and let them know it is there specifically for them if they feel hungry and put their name on it. This will allow freedom for reassurance that there will be food for them and it gives them control.

These strategies may take some time to implement. Remember, food issues and food hoarding come from a place we may not understand. It’s a deep-seated belief there won’t be enough, they’ll be left out, or have to go without. That’s something no human being should ever have to go through. For adopted children, we can do much to help ease their worries and find comfort.

Devoted, Safe and Loving Homes are Needed Desperately for Children

Our international family adoption agency provides adoption services for families considering international adoption. We work with adoptive families who want to grow and can offer a safe and loving home to a child. As we have witnessed many times, the amount of love and joy that grows from a forever family coming together is a truly wonderful thing. As a licensed, non-profit, Hague accredited adoption agency, we can work with families in any state through our Haiti adoption program who meet Haiti’s adoption requirements. Learn more about the Haiti adoption requirements on our website HERE. Or contact us HERE to tell us more about your adoption journey, we would love to hear from you!

Building Arizona Families Provides Safe and Dependable Adoption Services as an Appointed International Family Adoption Agency

At Building Arizona Families, families can expect high-quality services and a supportive adoption community. We provide adoption services for families across the USA. Building Arizona Families supports adoptive families with responsive, proactive service and communication. Our mission is to place as many children as possible into loving families, and it is a joy to help families grow. As one of a limited number of U.S. adoption agencies allowed to continue working in Haiti, we operate under the highest standards. Since 2005, we have been an international family adoption agency working alongside forever families adopting children from Haiti.

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. For more information on the Haiti adoption process or learn more about upcoming seminars, please contact Lisa Peterson, Haiti Adoption Program Manager, 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 through our international family adoption agency!

Our Hague Accredited, International Haiti Adoption Agency Supports You

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

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

Building Arizona Families Offers Adoption Support for our Forever Families

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Prepare as much as you can beforehand.

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

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

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

Building Arizona Families is Hague Accredited for International Haiti Adoptions

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

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

Our Hague Accredited Adoption Agency can Help You Grow Your Family

Hague Accredited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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