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. 

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.

International Adoption is Like Saving Starfish

IMG_0198The International Adoption Story of One Family

by G. Fisher

Our story is unique; yours probably is too. We all have different reasons for why we choose international child adoption. While I could bore you with details, I won’t. So instead, let me leave it like this:

I felt God telling me to save a starfish.

You see, starfish are such beautiful creatures. They are shaped so perfectly like something that brings so many people joy. They have purpose even though it appears that perhaps they don’t. They can break. In fact, they are often broken by the unfortunate circumstances of predators coming their way. They sometimes wash up on the shore and are left for dead unless a rogue wave or someone else reaches down and tosses them back into the water. The crazy thing is that even though starfish are the ones that need saving, just by simply existing, they are making the world a more beautiful place.

My daughter is a starfish. She is a beautiful creature. She was made perfectly and brings joy to so many people. She has a purpose even though I don’t yet know what that is. She was broken by the socioeconomic system that she was born into. Lack of employment and empty tummies made her life more difficult. Had the social system not made a way for her, she too would be left for dead until we came along to throw her back into the water where she can thrive. The crazy thing is that even though she is the one who​ needed saving, just by simply existing, she has made our world a more beautiful place.

International Adoption is Like Saving Starfish

Do you see the relationship? International child adoption isn’t cheap, easy, or without frustration, but it most definitely matters. Building Arizona Families makes a challenging international adoption process as easy as possible.  I could tell you that everything has been rainbows and fairy tales, but that would be a lie. While I could dwell on all the negative things or the challenges, I choose not to live there. Yes, the tantrums after homecoming were horrible, but the snuggles and bedtime kisses are better. Yes, the language barrier is frustrating, but the success of watching her verbally communicate with her siblings for the first time is sweeter. Yes, the constantly second guessing every parenting decision you have ever made is annoying, but watching my child walk confidently into her own class at school without me is bliss.

Do you feel God or some greater power telling you to save a starfish? If you do: dive deep to find out how far you are willing to go to put your starfish back into the water. And when you do, savor every good, bad, and ugly memory. Even the most broken starfish can heal with a whole lot of love.

Building Arizona Families Specializes in International Adoptions from Haiti

In cooperation with the Haitian government, Building Arizona Families will help you find a precious Haitian child to join your forever family.  We will manage the process for you to insure that  Haitian adoption requirements are met.  If you are interested in international adoption from Haiti, contact Lisa Peterson at 623-692-4424 or Lisa@buildingarizonafamilies.com