When a nation is falling apart, children are often the most overlooked. Haiti has long been one of the poorest nations on earth with thousands and thousands of orphans seeking food and shelter each day. But in 2010, Haiti’s devastating earthquake created an additional 150,000 orphans in just a matter of moments. Today, much of the country still lies in ruins, struggling to survive and living in tent villages.
AGCI has been approved by the IBESR as one of the select group of agencies allowed to continue adoptions in Haiti. AGCI is blessed to have in-country partners experienced in Haiti adoption. Through adoption and orphan care efforts, we are reaching out to help children without families in Haiti. We are currently seeking families for adoption that meet IBESR requirements.
Children 0 to 6 years of age at the time of placement are available for adoption. Single children as well as siblings are available for adoption from Haiti. Families adopting from Haiti must be open to adopting a child of either gender.
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 your 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 require a Presidential Dispensation which will extend your family’s wait for approval
Once IBESR has approved your family for the adoption of a Haitian child they will initiate the referral process by contacting AGCI’s partner home, Rivers of Hope. Our staff at Rivers of Hope will then recommend a referral match to IBESR for your family. At the time IBESR authorizes the referral AGCI will be in contact with your family to 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 your case will be submitted to the courts in Haiti. Both parents are required to appear in court and sign the court paperwork on the adoption. Your family will also go to the US Embassy in Port au Prince to submit the I 600 application.
Adoption Process and Legalization
After your case has passed through the court system in Haiti 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 US Embassy and matched with the I-600 that you submitted on your first trip. After all your adoption paperwork has been submitted to the US Embassy they will begin their investigation of the adoption and then issue your child’s visa to come to the US.
Second Trip Travel Process
Once the passport is received and a US visa has been issued, your family is able to 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 months.
Age of Parents
At least one parent must be over the age of 35 years old, and adoptive parents cannot be over the age of 50. Parents must be 19 years older than the adopted child at placement.
Couples married at least 10 years are welcome to adopt from Haiti. Single applicants may not adopt.
Children in Family
Families with biological children are welcome to adopt from Haiti though it will affect a family’s approval process from IBESR.
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 that adoptive families are able 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.
Actual costs vary due to a variety of issues, including exchange rates and number of people traveling. The following breakdowns provide a typical range of expenses, with an overview of what is included in each category.
Application Fee: $350
Initial assessment of your family’s information to assure that all country requirements can be met to complete an adoption in your chosen program.
Home Study Services: $2,200
This is the education process where a social worker will partner with your family to help prepare you for the challenges ahead as an adoptive parent. The social worker will also be learning about your family in order to prepare a document for inclusion in the dossier that explains to the courts how you will provide a stable environment and loving family for your child.
AGCI Adoption Services: $6,000
Provides staff and services from AGCI throughout the adoption process, and for years to come through the post-adoption phase. Unlike many agencies, AGCI always welcomes your call.
USCIS and Related Fees: $805-$890
Filing fees and related costs to file your documents with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
International Fees: $10,000
Your dossier is a detailed collection of documents about your family. Many of these have to be notarized, certified, and authenticated. When the dossier is complete, we translate it and facilitate your adoption case in-country through our foreign service providers, the government agencies, and the courts.
Care of Child Fees: $300 per month
These fees provide care for your child in their birth country. Included is an orphan care fee that supports ongoing orphan care and payment for your child’s medical checkup.
Travel Costs: $6,000-$15,000
Three trips are required to Haiti. Costs include airfare, transportation, food, lodging, a travel visa for you, and an immigrant visa for your child.
Post-Adoption Services: $2,500-$3,500
These fees provide for the creation, administration, and translation of your post-adoption reports. Other post-adoption expenses include your re-adoption fee and ongoing medical insurance.