All families are required to travel to Haiti twice during the adoption process.
The first is a 15-day socialization trip required by IBESR where adoptive parents can meet and spend time with their prospective adoptive children. Adoptive parents will stay at the orphanage or a guest house owned by the orphanage and will have the opportunity to bond with their child(ren). During this trip a social worker from IBESR will visit with the adoptive parents, interview them, and write an official recommendation. This recommendation is one of the final steps in becoming officially matched with a child(ren) and being approved as an adoptive family by IBESR.
The second trip to Haiti is to bring the child(ren) home. This is usually a three day trip, one day/night in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, FL and one to two days in Port-au-Prince.
After a family is officially matched with a child(ren) by IBESR, they can choose to travel to Haiti to visit the child(ren) they are matched with before the second required trip.