BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Lifeline Children’s Services led Dan and Julie Cruz of Pennsylvania through the first ever adoption in Haiti under the newly implemented Hague Convention procedures for the country. This milestone is monumental for Haiti and families who are seeking to adopt from this country, as it represents the culmination of years of transition to the Hague process for Haiti.
The Cruz family is the first family to complete a Hague adoption in Haiti, and Lifeline is the first agency to guide a family through a Hague adoption in Haiti. The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption is an international agreement to establish standards of practices for intercountry adoptions and helps to safeguard ethical practices of international adoption. Haiti’s adoption of the Convention will give guidelines for ensuring the protection and support of children as well as biological and adoptive parents.
Morgan Grubb, International Social Worker for the Haiti and India Program at Lifeline, considers walking with the Cruz family in this process a privilege. “We are truly blown away by the Lord’s faithful hand that has been present each step of this journey. We are humbled to be a part of the work He is doing in Haiti and praise the Lord for bringing another child home to her forever family.”
Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, Lifeline Children’s Services has ministered to nearly 100,000 orphans and vulnerable children in 27 countries since 1981. Lifeline is a national non-profit ministry that specializes in adoption, foster care, and orphan care and desires to give children and families a hope and future through the gospel of Jesus Christ .
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