At this time, our Haiti program is open to new applicants interested in adopting a child
with special needs or a child over the age of 6 years old on a limited basis. We are also
accepting applications for families interested in adopting healthy children and will accept
two families per month into our program. We have dossier submission spots open
beginning in April 2017.
We currently do not have profiles of Waiting Children in Haiti who are ready for international adoption.
After filling out an application, receiving approval through America World’s intake process, and signing an Agreement with America World, prospective adoptive parents initiate what we call the “paper chase," which takes 4-6 months to complete. During this stage of Haiti's adoption process, families begin assembling their dossier (or set of adoption paperwork). America World assigns each adoptive family a member of our staff to work with to help them compile their dossier, which includes a home study and pre-approval from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Once the dossier is complete, it will be translated in French and authenticated by the Haitian Consulate in Chicago. Once the dossier is shipped to Haiti, it will go through an eight-week legalization process in country and ultimately be submitted to the IBESR. Currently, families can expect a 12-24 month wait for a formal referral after their dossier has been submitted to the IBESR. The age, gender and health preferences of the child being adopted from Haiti will factor into the wait time for a referral. The referral generally includes a picture, medical test results and a socio-biographical sketch of the child’s life. All children are tested for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and other medical conditions. Prospective parents are given the option to accept or reject the child referral they receive. When reviewing a referral, we recommend that families consult an international specialist with experience reviewing medical referral information. After families choose to accept a referral, America World will assist you with a formal referral acceptance to the IBESR and making plans to travel for the 15 day bonding trip.
Haiti’s adoption process requires two in-country stays; the second trip is generally 2–7 days along and occurs at the end of the adoption process when parents travel to bring their child or children home. America World can assist in coordinating travel logistics, including air and ground transportation, and lodging.
Be sure to visit our Financing Adoption page to learn how to reduce or eliminate your adoption expenses!