How to Adopt from Haiti
ADOPTION PROCESS CHANGES
Our team has worked closely with Haiti’s central authority to develop more efficient adoption processes.
Seven families have recently received official referrals in their adoption process!
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Haiti Adoption Overview
There is a huge need for families in our Haiti Adoption program. With the addition of The Hague Convention into Haiti Adoption Laws, there continues to be forward movement in the overall adoption process. In addition, AGCI hired an in-country representative to advocate for adoptive families and children! We are excited to have this additional support and commitment to growth within the Haiti Adoption program.
Christian Adoption Agency, All God’s Children International has served orphaned children and families in Haiti since 2012! Haiti is a Hague-accredited country and committed to the adoption process. AGCI is one of a select group of adoption agencies allowed to provide international adoptions in Haiti.
- Most children available for adoption are between the ages of 2 to 8.
- Single children, as well as siblings, are in the waiting children program.
- Families adopting from our Haiti Adoption program can select the gender of their adopted child.
- To date, AGCI has united over 72 children with their forever families.
- We often have up-to-date photos, videos, detailed information and medical reports on children available for adoption.
- Newly streamlined processes in the Haiti Adoption program are allowing reduced adoption times.
- Families are able to travel and meet their child shortly after begin matched.
- Timeframe: 3-4 years. Timeframe is from registered dossier to completion. Timeframes are dependent on family’s openness to medical conditions, gender, and age of child.
- Complete a FREE Pre-App to view waiting children.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ADOPT FROM HAITI?
Age of Parents
One parent must be at least 30 years old. Adoptive parents cannot be over the age of 50. Parents must be at least 14 years older than the adopted child.
Couples married at least five years or who have five years of cohabitation are welcome to adopt from Haiti. Single female applicants may also 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.
Families interested in adopting a child must 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 a psychological evaluation for the Haiti dossier.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ADOPT FROM HAITI?
The approximate cost to adopt from Haiti is $40,880. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.
There are so many ways to fund your adoption! You can learn more about AGCI specific grants, adoption loans, and employee benefits and more on our How to Fund Page!
APPLICATION: $400 This non-refundable fee covers the cost of a review of your application to confirm your eligibility for your desired program. (Due at application)
U.S. AGENCY: $8,000* The agency fee covers AGCI’s cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and foreign country. Processing expenses for AGCI include, but are not limited to, personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, state, federal, and international licensing and accreditations, communications and insurance. (1/2 due with completion of contract and 1/2 due six months after contract)
PROGRAM FEE: $2,800* This fee provides care for orphans around the world and allows AGCI to provide the medical, emotional, spiritual, and developmental care that every child deserves. (Due with completion of orientation)
POST-ADOPTION SERVICE: $2,800 This fee allows us to provide post-adoption support services to your family and process post-adoption reports. (Due with completion of referral packet)
*If adopting siblings, agency and orphan care fees increase.
HOME STUDY AND POST-ADOPTION*
HOME STUDY SERVICES: $2,500 These fees cover our services in preparing and completing your adoption home study, including any applicable social worker travel costs. (Due with completion of orientation)
POST-ADOPTION REPORTS: $400 per report; $225 per report for each additional child. These fees cover the cost for AGCI to provide post-placement visits and reports upon arrival home. (Due with completion of referral packet)
*These fees may vary if payable to your home study agency for families living outside of AGCI’s licensed states.
NON-AGCI HOME STUDY REVIEW: $400 Any home study written by one of AGCI’s cooperating agencies will be reviewed by AGCI to ensure it meets all AGCI, USCIS, Hague and sending country criteria. Home study and Post Adoption service fees are paid to your cooperating agency. (Due with completion of orientation)
HAITI COUNTRY FEES & EXPENSES
$21,955* These fees cover the cost of facilitating an international adoption in Haiti. These fees include, but are not limited to costs related to personnel, administration, training and education, legal fees and communications associated with government and agency authorities, government fees, and care of your child prior to the completion of your adoption. (Due with completion of dossier and referral packet as indicated on fee schedule)
ADDITIONAL & THIRD PARTY EXPENSES
|Adoptive Parent Home Study Education:||$300|
|Adoptive Parent Referral Education:||$600|
|IAAME Accreditation Monitoring & Oversight:||$500|
|FBI Fingerprinting:||$85 per adult|
|USCIS & Immigration Related Fees:||$775+|
|Notary Services, County & State Authentication:||$250+|
|Document Authentication and Translation Fees:||$400-$3,600|
TOTAL COST: The approximate cost to adopt from Haiti is $40,880. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.
Fee Disclosure: All fees paid to AGCI are paid in advance of service. AGCI fees are non-refundable and may not be waived. If services are terminated and a refund is due, all refunds will be processed within 60 days of withdrawal and/or closure of the adoption file upon receiving the Adoption Termination Contract.
“We adopted twice through AGCI and I’ve continuously felt that AGCI is for both the adopted family and the children– first for the children, which is so important to us. I have never felt that AGCI operated like a business, but truly a ministry of love and care for children and families. I worked with other agencies, and I have a large community in the adoption world, so I know that the way things are done at AGCI is unique. I always felt that, if there was ever a question or a problem, no stone was left unturned to get us the right support and the right answer.”
HOW TO ADOPT A CHILD FROM HAITI
HAITI ADOPTION TEAM
HAITI IN-COUNTRY TEAM
IN ADDITION TO OUR HAITI ADOPTION PROGRAM, AGCI IS WORKING TO ELEVATE CARE FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN INSTITUTIONS.
“I loved that [AGCI] is passionate about orphan care. All the individuals working towards the adoption of our sons have spent their lives devoted to orphan care and taken the time to understand the needs of institutionalized children. AGCI’s expertise is at the heart of everything they do. I loved having a partner who is willing to fight for my child for all of the right reasons. And knowing that AGCI’s President is going directly to IBSR to fight for my child at the highest levels of government is fantastic.” –Dodd and Rebecca Miller