Haiti Adoption Requirements

America World's Haiti program is open to new families. We have dossier submission opportunities available immediately.
Below are the Haiti adoption requirements from Haiti's governing adoption authority, IBESR.

haiti adoption requirementsHaiti Adoption Processing Time

From start to finish, Haitian adoption is currently a 5-year process. Completing a home study and dossier usually takes families 6 months. From submitting a dossier to the IBESR to receiving a formal referral is on average a 42-month wait. From bonding trip to homecoming is generally 12 - 18 months.

Children Available for Haiti Adoption

The children available for adoption from Haiti include toddlers up to 15-year-olds. Healthy boys and girls are available for adoption, as well as many sibling groups. There are also children with medical needs waiting for forever families. Families interested in young children must be willing to consider a child at least up to the age of 60 months (5 years) at the time of referral.

Parents' Age Requirements for Haiti Adoption

One parent must be 30 years old per Haiti adoption requirements. Both parents must be under the age of 50. Single women must be between the ages 35-50.

Marriage Status Requirement for Haiti Adoption

Married couples and single women may adopt from Haiti. Married couples must be married a minimum of 5 years.

Divorce Restrictions for Haiti Adoption

No more than two divorces permitted per family.

Children in Family Requirements for Haiti Adoption

There is no limit to the number of biological or adopted children in the home.

Income Requirements for Haiti Adoption

Families must be able to show they can adequately provide financially for their children. A family’s income and full financial status will be evaluated as part of the adoption process, per Haiti adoption requirements.

Criminal History Restrictions for Haiti Adoption

No criminal history permitted. Please discuss any incidents in your personal history which could be a point of concern with Haiti Program Staff as it may impact your program eligibility.

Medical, Emotional, Mental Health, or Counseling for Haiti Adoption

Applicants must show that they are physically and mentally fit to parent a child by adoption. A letter from your physician and a psychological report will be required along with the home study report.

Current counseling (or counseling in the past 5 years) for any reason, including but not limited to: anger management, mental health, anxiety or depression, trauma, pornography or chemical dependency, etc., needs to be reported to intake as a part of your application. This history does not necessarily preclude you from adopting, but will need to be disclosed and is considered on a case-by-case basis. Please discuss any incidents in your personal history which could be a point of concern with Intake staff so we can assess the adoption program best suited to your family.

Travel to Haiti for Adoption

This is a two-trip process. Both parents must travel to meet their child for a required socialization trip (15 days) and again to bring the child home (6-day minimum).

Haiti Post-Adoption Requirements

Post-adoption reports are due at 1, 6, 12, 18, 24, & 36 months, as well as years 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8. The reports at 6, 12, 24 & 36 months are written by a social worker and the remaining reports are self-reports written by the family.

Be sure to visit our Financing Adoption page to learn how to reduce or eliminate your adoption expenses!

**Please refer to America World's Agency Adoption Requirements for a complete list of requirements.