All Blessings International is fully accredited by the Haitian Government to provide adoption services in Haiti. Our program coordinator has been working in Haiti since 2003, speaks the language, and has participated in hundreds of successful Haitian adoptions.
As of August, 2015, ABI is accepting a limited number of new families for our Haiti program. We will accept six
dossiers for children with special needs. These needs include:
ABI will be allowed to work with orphanage directors to suggest referrals with the best interests of the children and adoptive families in mind.
- sibling pairs and groups age 0-7+ years
- single children age 7 and older
- medical special needs
We will also accept five dossiers for children with no identified special needs. These dossiers might not be submitted to the Haitian Central
Authority until summer of 2018. Referrals will be made by a committee designated by the Haitian Central Authority.
Why choose ABI?
- ten years of experience in Haiti
- hundreds of successful adoptions
- hands-on connection to Haiti
- dossier preparation assistance
- most staff are adoptive parents
- we put children first!
Adoptive Parent Qualifications:
Haiti's new adoption law of November, 2013 allows families meeting the following criteria to adopt:
- opposite sex married couples with at least one parent age 30 or and both parents no older than age 50
- five years of marriage OR five years of cohabitation
- families may have any number of biological and adopted children provided they can provide for the new adopted child(ren)
- please note that Haiti will not permit same sex couples to adopt
Adoptive parents cannot ever have been convicted of any crime.
- single applicants age 35 to 50
- single applicants may have any number of biological and adopted children provided they can provide for the new adopted child(ren)
Timeline and Travel:
On April 1st, 2014, Haiti became a participatory nation to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. Haitian adoptions under the new law and policies generally take between 12 and 18 months from referral to homecoming.
Due to delays with implementing the new procedures, families are likely to experience a wait of several months or more for the referral of a child, particularly if they request to adopt a single child age two years or younger.
After the Haitian government issues the referral of a child, the adoptive family will travel to Haiti for fifteen days for a socialization period. Additional visits are permissible after IBESR approval. ABI will assist with in country travel and accommodations.
Referral and Adoption Process: Non-special needs adoptions referrals in Haiti are to be made by committee. Families can be referred to a child who is legally free for adoption residing in any orphanage in Haiti that has been licensed to perform adoptions.
A separate procedure will be used to identify suitable families for children who are identifed as 'hard to place' by the Central Authority. The Haitian legal definition is as follows:
Special needs children:
"are considered children with behavior troubles or suffering from a trauma, or having a physical or mental incapacity, or being older than 6 or are members of a sibling group."
Families who wish to adopt a a child with identified special needs or a sibling set must submit a personal letter and a letter from their adoption agency describing how their family is suitable to parent a waiting child. If the Central Authority approves the family for a hard to place/waiting child, their agency and the orphanage director may request that the family be referred to a specific waiting child.
Following an official referral from the Central Authority, ABI will deliver all documentation and information that we can obtain regarding the child to the adoptive family. This may include first hand observations of the child made by ABI staff, as our program coordinator travels to Haiti frequently. Families will travel to Haiti to spend a fifteen day socialization period with their referred child.
Following approval of the referral and socialization reports by the Central Authority, ABI's experienced and competent in-country partners will complete the legal adoption in Haiti. Generally this portion of the process takes between six and eight months. Families may then travel to bring their new child home.
Available Children: Children aged six months through fifteen years are in need of permanent, loving families. Historically most of the children placed by ABI have had no permanent health or developmental concerns, but families are needed for for children with special needs as well. Sibling groups are common. Children are tested for HIV and Hepatitis.
ABI is actively recruiting families for a few special children. Please visit our adoption photolisting to meet them.
Next Steps: Download our Haiti program overview sheet and our international program comparison sheet to compare programs and fees.