How to Adopt from Haiti
Three children have come home with their forever families so far in 2023! We praise God for the love of forever families!
We are grateful to have had three official adoption referrals so far this year in Haiti! We believe these referrals will lead to loving forever families for vulnerable children!
PRAY FOR HAITI
Join us as we pray for Haiti and the challenges the country is currently facing, and thank you to our families who have been so patient as we work to unite children with their forever families.
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.
- Timeframe: 2-5+ 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
Married couples with one parent who is at least 30 years old and single women 35 and older are eligible to adopt. Adoptive parents cannot be over the age of 50 at the time your dossier is registered. Parents must be at least 14 years older than the adopted child.
Couples married at least five years are welcome to adopt. Each spouse may have no more than two divorces which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Children in Family
Couples with five or fewer minor children and single women with two or fewer minor children are welcome to adopt from Haiti.
Families must have an income of at least $15,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
Applicants with a criminal history will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants cannot have a current diagnosis of a communicable and/or life-threatening disease or other conditions that impairs their ability to parent and/or quality of life a child. All other medical conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applicants are required to complete a psychological evaluation during their dossier.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ADOPT FROM HAITI?
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: This non-refundable fee covers the cost of a review of your application to confirm your eligibility for your desired program.
U.S. AGENCY*: 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.
PROGRAM FEE*: 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.
POST-ADOPTION SERVICE: This fee allows us to provide post-adoption support services to your family and process post-adoption reports. *If adopting siblings, agency and orphan care fees increase.
HOME STUDY AND POST-ADOPTION*
HOME STUDY SERVICES: These fees cover the services needed to prepare and complete your adoption home study. These fees vary depending on your home study agency.
POST-ADOPTION REPORTS: These fees cover the cost for your home study agency to provide post-placement visits and reports upon arrival home. These fees vary depending on your home study agency.
HOME STUDY REVIEW: All home studies 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.
HAITI COUNTRY FEES & EXPENSES
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.
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
Once contracted with AGCI, your next steps are to begin your home study, education, and dossier.
Once your dossier is registered, the Central Authority places families on their waiting list until a child is referred. Once information on the child is received, you will have two weeks to make an informed decision about accepting the referral of the child or children matched with your family. Wait times vary depending on your family’s openness to age, number of children and identified specialized needs.
Virtual socialization will take place over the course of 3-6 months via regularly scheduled Zoom calls observed by creche staff and IBESR social work staff.
Welcome home! AGCI and Haiti require post-adoption reports prepared by a licensed social worker to be submitted on the 3, 6, 12, and 24-month anniversaries of your child’s arrival into the U.S. Additional reports completed by the parents are submitted in years 3-8. AGCI is here for support throughout your child’s life—connect with us at any time for ongoing support services!
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