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!

International Haiti Adoption Protects Haitian Children From Risks

International Adoption Haiti

Despite the global pandemic, Building Arizona Families is still providing services to begin, or continue the international Haiti adoption journey. The IBESR (also the Central Authority for adoptions in Haiti) has chosen BAF to place children from Haiti with adoptive families in the United States since 2005. 

When the Haitian government recognized the serious risks children face in institutions, they acknowledged the importance of transitioning away from institutions to more community-based support to improve children’s outcomes. In an attempt to protect Haitian orphans from a life full of uncertainty and instability, the Haitian government strives to provide better for these children. These efforts include actively planning and developing appropriate alternative placements, like international Haiti adoption. 

There is a great need for families to adopt Haitian children and offer them a stable, loving family. We are currently seeking families who would like to adopt children over the age of six and are open to adopting siblings. An unknown but not forgotten number of children in Haiti need a healthier and safer life. Learn more about Haiti adoptions at Building Arizona Families HERE and let us know how we can better serve you on your international Haiti adoption journey.

Building Arizona Families Continues to Fight for Vulnerable Children around the World with International Haiti Adoption

As a Hague accredited international adoption agency, we operate with the highest standards. Building Arizona Families is one of a limited number of U.S. adoption agencies permitted to continue working in Haiti. Since 2005, we have walked with forever families as they adopt precious Haitian children. Our commitment to breaking down barriers helps our families’ Haiti adoption succeed. Learn more about our Haiti adoption program and download our info kit HERE

With over fifteen years of internationally accredited adoption expertise, we greatly assist our families through the adoption process. For more information on how to begin the international Haiti adoption process, 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.

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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.

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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.

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