Please contact Lifeline Children’s Services and request to speak with a Haiti team member prior to applying for an international adoption in Haiti.
Haiti: A Beautiful Island Country
Haiti is a beautiful island country located in the tropical Caribbean. Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Even before the devastating earthquake in January 2010, Haiti was considered one of the poorest countries in the world, and the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Almost 3 out of every 4 adults in the country are unemployed. Due to years of an unstable political and economic climate, there are thousands of precious children who need loving Christian homes. Children as young as two months old are referred and sibling groups are available (older children and special needs children are also available). The orphanages we work with are well maintained and staffed. The qualifications for families are unique in many aspects for other countries, but on occasion special provision can be made. Please feel free to call our staff for more specific details.
The Adoption Process
The adoption process begins with a home study report. This report consists of interviews with a social worker as well as various accompanying documents that will be gathered during the process. Lifeline will complete the home study report for families residing in the states in which Lifeline is licensed: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Washington State and help to refer families residing outside of these states to a home study provider in your state of residence. For our families residing outside of these states, we will refer you to a home study provider in your state of residence. After the home study report process, you will also apply to Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) as well as begin gathering documents for your Dossier. The documents that make up your Dossier will be verified through a series of stages that will include having your documents notarized, State sealed, and authenticated. After Lifeline has helped you complete this process, we will check your Dossier for accuracy before it is translated and sent to Haiti. Your Dossier will be reviewed by our orphanages in Haiti and then be sent to Civil Court. Once your Immigration Approval has been received you can receive a referral.
Referral and travel times are subject to change during your Haiti adoption. Two trips are required for families adopting from Haiti (see notes below). The first trip occurs shortly after your Dossier has been submitted to Haiti’s central authority, IBESR, and travel to pick up your child typically occurs between 15 and 18 months after your Dossier has been sent to Haiti.
- On your first trip (14 days; both parents must travel), you will be picked up from the airport in Port-au-Prince and taken to your mission home/hotel. During this first trip, you will visit the US embassy in Haiti and sign your I600 for your child. You will also have the opportunity to spend time with your child and begin the process of bonding.
- On your second trip (4 to 7 days; one or both parents may travel), you will travel to Haiti to pick up your child! You will travel to the orphanage to pick up your child and spend time at the orphanage before you return home.
We’re Here To Serve You
Our facilitation team in Haiti will be available to you throughout your entire stay, helping you through each stage of the in-country process.
NOTE: Once families accept a referral for a specific child an orphan care fee of $400 a month is required. The time from referral to completion of adoption is currently at 24 months. Issues of gender, age, and health of the child can effect the waiting period. All orphan care fees are submitted by the family to the orphanage through Lifeline.
We are excited about the opportunity to work with Haiti and help needy children find their forever families! For more information about Haiti, Lifeline, or any of our adoption programs please call the Lifeline office at (205) 967-0811 or email Meredith Campbell.