INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION FROM HAITI
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.
- To date, AGCI has received 14 official referrals through IBESR.
- We often have up-to-date photos, videos, detailed information and medical reports on children.
- Newly streamlined Haiti processes 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 kids.
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 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.
The approximate cost to adopt from Haiti is $41,380. 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 $27,540! 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!
APPLICATION: $350 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: $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. (1/2 Due with completion of orientation and 1/2 due with dossier submission)
PROGRAM FEE: $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. (Due with completion of orientation)
POST-ADOPTION SERVICE: $1,750 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 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. (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: $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. (Due with completion of orientation)
HAITI COUNTRY FEES & EXPENSES
$20,875* 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 Referral Education:||$250|
|Adoptive Parent Home Study Education:||$500|
|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 $41,380. 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.
Complete home study and then submit dossier.
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.
Both parents travel 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.
Legalization of adoption and complete United States visa process.
Travel to Haiti for 5 days. This second trip will be to finalize your child’s adoption and bring them home.
Welcome home! Once your child is home, AGCI and Haiti require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months and annual reports for years 3-8. 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!
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 IAS
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.
Thanks to AGCI supporters, 1,136 children and families received critical support in the wake of devastating natural disasters.