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Haiti has long been one of the poorest nations on earth with thousands and thousands of orphans seeking food and shelter each day. The devastating earthquake of 2010 created an additional 150,000 orphans in just a matter of minutes. AGCI is blessed to work with experienced in-country partners to reach out and help children without families in Haiti. AGCI has been approved by the IBESR as one of the select group of agencies allowed to continue adoptions in Haiti.
To determine your adoption eligibility, please submit a Free
To learn more about adopting from Haiti, please contact our Inquiry department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-214-6719.
Orphans Needing Families
All God’s Children International has been changing children’s lives for more than two decades. We reach out to orphans who have no future, to provide the care, love, safety and hope every child deserves. Each year, more than 10,000 orphans, widows and members of at-risk communities have been met in their moments of need and given comfort.
• Children 0 to 6 years of age at the time of placement
• Single children as well as siblings
• Families adopting from Haiti must be open to adopting a child of either gender
Home Study and Dossier Process
Once you are contracted with AGCI, your first steps are to begin your dossier and home study. AGCI staff will assist your family in this paperwork process.
After your family completes a dossier, it will be submitted to the Central Adoption Authority in Haiti, the Institute of Social Welfare and Research (IBESR). IBESR will then approve your family for adoption. If your family has biological children in the home you will required to obtain a Presidential Dispensation which will extend your family’s wait for approval.
Once IBESR has approved your family for adoption you will be eligible to be matched with a child. IBESR assesses all approved families to find the best possible match for a child. When your family is chosen by IBESR they will authorize AGCI to contact your family and share all available information on the child(ren) and begin AGCI’s Acceptance of Referral Process.
First Trip Travel Process
After you have accepted the referral from IBESR and have completed all necessary paperwork both parents are required to travel to Haiti for your mandatory two-week socialization visit. Your family will also go to the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince to submit the I-600 application.
Adoption Process and Legalization
After your socialization visit, IBESR will issue your Authorization of Adoption and your case will transition into the court system where it is required to go through additional legalization and approval processes. Your paperwork will be signed, legalized and recorded by several different offices in Haiti ending finally at the Ministry of Interior. The Ministry of Interior will give the final approval of the adoption and authorization to request a passport for your child from Haitian Immigration.
United States Visa Process
All your family’s adoption paperwork along with your child’s passport issued by Haitian Immigration will be submitted to the U.S. Embassy and matched with the I-600 that you submitted on your first trip. After all your adoption paperwork has been submitted to the U.S. Embassy they will begin their investigation of the adoption and then issue your child’s visa to come to the U.S.
Second Trip Travel Process
Once the passport is received and a U.S. visa has been issued, your family can travel back to Haiti to spend time a few days transitioning your child home.
Once your child is home, AGCI and Haiti require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 6, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 and 60-month anniversaries of your child’s adoption.
Age of Parents
Both parents must be at least 30 years old. Adoptive parents cannot be over the age of 50. Parents must be 14 years older than the adopted child.
Heterosexual couples married at least five years OR who have five years of cohabitation are welcome to adopt from Haiti. Single applicants may not adopt.
Children in Family
Families may have any number of biological and adopted children as long as they can provide for the new adopted child(ren).
Families will have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
Families with no criminal history are welcome to adopt from Haiti.
Applicants with a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent and/or the quality of life of a child are ineligible. Families with no history of significant mental health issues or substance abuse are welcome to adopt from Haiti. Families will need to pass a psychological evaluation for the Haiti dossier.
Our partner in Haiti requires adoptive families to provide a letter from their pastor stating their involvement in their local Christian or Catholic Church.
Travel in Country
Two trips are required. Both parents are strongly encouraged to travel on these trips.
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