Haiti Adoption Process

1. Application and Approval
To adopt a child(ren), please complete our agency application. For your convenience, you may access the application online. Click here to apply. We will promptly review your eligibility to adopt from Haiti once we receive your application. If approved, we will provide you with our agency contract that outlines our fees, services and important information regarding the Haiti adoption process.

Upon receipt of your signed contract, CAN will partner with a Haitian orphanage to provide you placement services for children from Haiti. The joint efforts of CAN and the crèche provides our adoptive families and children superior services and expertise for an optimum experience. 

2. The Paper Chase
Once your agency contract is in place, it is time to start assembling your dossier. This will include a home study, which will assess your readiness for international adoption from Haiti and help prepare you for adoptive parenthood, filing with USCIS for international adoption approval, and gathering your dossier documents. All dossier documents must go through the appropriate notarization, certification and authentication processes before being sent to Haiti. We offer a complete Elite Dossier Service to ease your international adoption process and give you peace of mind.

To ensure that prospective adoptive parents are prepared for their international adoption journey, our agency requires that parents complete 10 hours of adoption training. To satisfy these hours, we have developed an online parent training program that we are proud to include in CAN’s service plan. For an overview of the program, please click here.

3. Identifying a Child(ren)
Once the orphanage receives your dossier, a child is identified for your family based on your preferences for gender, age and health status. With your referral, you will receive a description of the child, including the child’s history, medical test results and photos. You will have two weeks to review your child’s information before you must either accept or decline the referral. If you choose to move forward with your referred child, you will travel to Haiti to meet and bond with the child, appear before a judge for the consent proceeding and sign paperwork at the U.S. embassy. This trip can be completed in a couple of days.

4. Completing the Adoption
The staff at the crèche will update us on the progress of the adoption as it moves through IBESR. They also provide photos and updates on the children throughout the process. Once IBESR grants the Authorization of Adoption, it is presented to the Court and an Acte d’Adoption (Adoption Act) is granted, finalizing the adoption. You can now bring your child home or arrange for someone from the crèche to escort your child to the U.S.

5. Picking up Your Child(ren)
The trip to pick up your child can be as quick or as long as you like. CAN will assist you as you book your flights and accommodations. For more information about Haiti and travel tips, click here.

6. Post Adoption Requirements
You will be required to submit a post adoption report completed by your home study agency three months after your international adoption from Haiti is finalized. After the first year, the crèche requests that parents submit a letter and photo of the child directly to them.

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