Country: Haiti Adoption

Age Range: 3-16 years old
Sibling Groups: Yes
Medical Special Needs: minor to significant
Marriage Length: 5 years
Single Women: Yes
Expat Accepted: Yes
In-Country Travel: Varies, discuss with worker

We are currently seeing families matched with children 2 years and older who have a range of medical needs, however they will likely come home after they are 3+ years old.  Children coming home from Haiti have a range of medical special needs from minor needs such as malnutrition and developmental delays to more significant needs such as sickle cell anemia, blindness and vision needs and HIV.

IBESR, Haiti’s central authority of adoption, completes the matching process for families. The IBESR Matching Committee presents a file to families to review after their dossier has been submitted, reviewed and matched with a child’s dossier. Families review the file and decide whether to move forward in adoption.

The process of adopting from Haiti is estimated to take approximately 3 years to receive a referral once a family’s dossier is submitted to the central authority. The estimated total process length is approximately 5 years.

Travel is planned case-by-case depending on current travel restrictions and conditions. Families can discuss in more detail with a program caseworker.

About Haiti

Haiti is a special country inhabiting the western third of the island of Hispaniola, a short 2-hour flight from Miami. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living below the poverty line. The Haitian culture is a mix of African and European elements as displayed in their language, music, and religion. The Haitian people are warm and welcoming, with a deep love for family and community.

The Need

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti killing over 230,000 thousands of children orphaned. Prior to the earthquake in 2010, there was an estimated 380,000 orphans in Haiti. After the earthquake, that number doubled. On August 14, 2021 another earthquake, this one a 7.2 magnitude, stuck the south-western portion of the country. Vulnerability to natural disasters and increased political unrest exaggerates the orphan crisis in Haiti today.

How You Can Help

Lifeline seeks special families with a deep love and commitment to the country of Haiti to pursue adoptions from this country. Lifeline is also seeking to build strategic partnerships for the care of vulnerable children in Haiti.

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