INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION FROM HAITI

While the McAndrews had always planned on growing their family through adoption, they thought they would adopt one child—not three siblings! But God moves in mysterious ways and now Dave and Becca can’t imagine their family without their adopted children.

Adopt from Haiti

Program Overview        Eligibility        Fees        Process        Staff        Apply

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

There is a huge need for families in Haiti—following recent natural disasters; this need has grown even more. 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 recently hired a new 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 program.

AGCI has served 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.

  • Orphans ages 2 to 8 are waiting.
  • Single children, as well as siblings, are waiting.
  • Families adopting from Haiti can select the gender of their adopted child.
  • Our first 8 children were recently united with their forever families after 3 years!
  • To date, AGCI has received 9 official referrals through IBESR.
  • In the past 6 months, we have placed 7 children with their forever families, including two sibling groups!
  • We often have up-to-date photos, videos, detailed information and medical reports on children.
  • 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 kids.
Meet Whitney
Whitney is curious about new people and is always ready for a hug! She is happy to play by herself but mostly enjoys engaging with those around her. When Whitney’s mother passed away, staff searched for relatives and found none that would come forward. Whitney is developing well in the caring and loving environment of Rivers of Hope. Her health has improved dramatically, and she no longer struggles with the severe acid reflux that kept her in and out of the hospital. Today, Whitney is a healthy, confident and intelligent young girl thanks to her dedicated sponsors!

Eligibility

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.

Marital Status

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.

Income

Families must have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.

Criminal History

Families with no criminal history are welcome to adopt from Haiti.

Medical History

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.

Fees

The approximate cost to adopt from Haiti is $34,500. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.

It’s important to keep in mind that the estimated cost of adopting from Haiti after tax credits is $15,030! To learn more about adoption tax credits, grants, and how to fund your adoption, schedule an appointment with our Financial Expert.

Additionally, 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!

AGENCY FEES

APPLICATION: $300 This non-refundable fee covers the cost of a review of your application to confirm your eligibility for your desired program.

U.S. AGENCY: $6,000*
 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.

ORPHAN CARE: $2,500* 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: $1,750This 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: $2,200 These fees cover our services in preparing and completing your adoption home study, including any applicable social worker travel costs.

POST-ADOPTION SERVICES: $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.

*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: $350 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.

HAITI COUNTRY FEES & EXPENSES

$13,900 * 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.

THIRD PARTY EXPENSES

Adoptive Parent Education:Approximately $260
FBI Fingerprinting:$85 per adult
USCIS & Immigration Related Fees:$775+
Notary Services, County & State Authentication:$250+
Document Authentication and Translation Fees:$400-$3,600
Re-Adoption:$500-$1,500
Travel Expenses:$3,000-$15,000

TOTAL COST: The approximate cost to adopt from Haiti is $34,500. 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 with AGCI twice; first in 2005 and then a year ago from Haiti. Two different experiences, but the professionalism and communication was amazing both times. That is what drew us back to AGCI. We felt very confident and comfortable. When we had questions about the process, someone was very direct in letting us know. We never felt that someone was painting a picture of what ifs or maybes, what they knew as facts they passed along and I appreciated knowing that we could trust them!”
–Alicia Carlson, AGCI Adoptive Mom

Process

STEP ONE

Complete home study and then submit dossier.

STEP TWO

Wait to be matched with your child and begin the referral process. Once the information on the child is received, you will have two weeks to make an informed decision about accepting the referral.

STEP THREE

Travel on your first trip to Haiti to meet your child. The first trip will be a bonding trip of two weeks. Families adopting a child through AGCI’s Haiti program are required to travel to Haiti twice. Both parents are strongly encouraged to travel on these trips.

STEP FOUR

Legalization of adoption and complete United States visa process.

STEP FIVE

Travel to Haiti for 5 days. This second trip will be to finalize your child’s adoption and bring them home.

STEP SIX

Welcome home! Once your child is home, AGCI and Haiti require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 6, and 12 months and annual reports for 7 years. Parents are also required to complete their state’s re-adoption process.  AGCI is here for support throughout your child’s life—connect with us at anytime for ongoing support services!

STAFF

HAITI IN-COUNTRY TEAM

Watson serves as AGCI’s Haiti in-country representative. Watson facilitates our Haiti adoption program, and is currently working to expand AGCI’s orphan care programs throughout Haiti.

HAITI IN-HOUSE TEAM

Melissa Joyce, Haiti International Adoption Specialist

Melissa joined AGCI in 2016 and has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development. Melissa is inspired daily by the wonders of God and all He does within the lives of orphans around the world. She is passionate about truly connecting with families and helping them through the process of adoption from beginning to end.

IN ADDITION TO OUR HAITI ADOPTION PROGRAM, AGCI IS WORKING TO GIVE HOPE TO ORPHANS IN HAITI THROUGH OUR ORPHAN CARE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM ENABLES US TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CHILD RECEIVES THE LOVING CARE THEY NEED TO THRIVE.

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PROVIDE

Thanks to AGCI supporters, 1,136 children and families received critical support in the wake of devastating natural disasters.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
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