May I/we adopt more than one child at a time?

Yes, Haiti allows for the adoption of multiple children if they are a sibling group. However, Haiti does not allow the adoption of multiple unrelated children.

Are extra fees required if I/we adopt more than one child?

While CCAI’s service fees will not change, you will be financially responsible for the crèche or orphanage child support payment for each child you are adopting, as well as in-country expenses for processing in Haiti.

Will there be any "surprise" fees when I/we are in Haiti?

No. All fees are prepaid before you travel.

Must I/we be Christian to adopt from Haiti?

The orphanage/crèche requires that their children be adopted into Christian homes.

How accurate is the medical information available on each child?

Generally speaking, it is accurate. The crèche/orphanage has an on-site European-trained pediatrician, as well as access to other reliable physicians and laboratory testing.

What is the life like at the crèche/orphanage?

Living in an orphanage or a crèche is like living with a very big family. The orphanage/crèche is a Christian environment where a typical day includes meals, prayer time, school, play time, and age-appropriate chores.

The orphanage/crèche staff work very hard with their limited resource to provide love and basic care to their children. However, the crèche/orphanage is not a home where a child truly belongs. The overall condition of the crèche/orphanage is far from the ideal of a child living in a family home.

Is it possible to make a preliminary visit to the crèche/orphanage prior to selecting a child(ren)?

No, IBESR does not want prospective adoptive families to visit children in Haiti before they are officially matched by them. It is our understanding that visitation of a child not yet officially matched by IBESR may ultimately result in IBESR rejecting that match.

How many times will I travel to Haiti during the adoption process?

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.

If Haiti is such a poor country, why is it so expensive to care for the children in the crèche/orphanage?

Because Haiti is an island country, most products have to be imported. The cost to purchase everything from food items to gasoline is much higher than in the US. For example, gas can cost over nine dollars a gallon, a seven-dollar bag of formula can cost $20 and a $200 crib can cost $500 - $700 in Haiti.

What about the birth parent(s)?

Most of the children in our partner crèches have living birth parents. The children are placed in the crèche due to their birth parents’ economic hardship, which renders them incapable of caring for their own children. These children are brought to the crèche by their birth parents, who are hoping for basic care and ultimately adoption for their children.

The birth parents are involved in several steps of the adoption process including three interviews with IBESR and two court appearances to ensure they understand what adoption means and to terminate their parental rights.

Why is DNA testing sometimes required by the USCIS in Haiti?

It is the responsibility of the USCIS to be absolutely sure that the person or persons wishing to relinquish a child for adoption have the legal right to do so. It is more often required if the birth mother is deceased and the birth father is the only parent involved.

Do you recommend traveling to Haiti with my/our current children?

You know your child(ren) better than anyone, so you will know what is best for them. CCAI encourages you to consider your child’s age, ease with travel to new places, developmental stage, maturity, and understanding of adoption (their own, if adopted, and their new sibling’s).

Do I/we travel to Haiti to finalize my/our child(ren)’s adoption?

By the time your child(ren) is/are ready to come home with you, the adoption will already be finalized and your child(ren) will be issued their passport(s) and visa approval to leave Haiti. You will fly into Haiti to receive your child(ren) and all of their documents at the airport, and then immediately return home.

What documentation is provided that my/our Haiti adoption is "final"?

You will receive an Adoption Decree at the end of the in-country process. This is a legal Haitian court document which signifies that the adoption is final. Once this decree is issued, your child is legally your child.

Is escort service available for my/our child to travel from Haiti home to the US?

Although uncommon and not recommended, an escort service by the crèche is available. This must be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What sort of security measures for travel to Haiti are in place when I/we travel to meet my/our child(ren)?

CCAI takes the security of adoptive families that come to the orphanage/crèche very seriously. We recommend that you pay attention to the State Department’s travel warnings on Haiti. Armed guards will be present during your visit at the hotel you will stay at while in Haiti. The airport is staffed with UN soldiers as well as police officers and security guards. When you travel to pick up your child(ren) upon finalization of their adoption, you will not need to leave the airport.

Is it possible to transfer my/our dossier from another country to Haiti?

No, you are not able to switch, or transfer, your dossier that is logged into another country to Haiti. Your dossier for another country’s adoption is a totally different adoption and would not meet the requirements for a dossier for Haiti. Each country has its own requirements for a dossier. Additionally, Haiti requires that the dossier documents be current at the time the dossier is submitted.

What is the “Wellness Letter” required as part of the dossier?

A “Wellness Letter” is written by a licensed psychiatrist and states that you are in good mental health. Married couples may have this interview conducted together. It is separate from the Physical Examination that is also required for the dossier.

Is Haiti a Hague Convention Country?

Yes. The CONVENTION OF PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND CO-OPERATION IN RESPECT OF INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION (the Hague treaty) went into effect in Haiti on April 1, 2014. To pursue a Hague convention adoption in Haiti, you will need to file the I-800A and I-800 during the adoption process. CCAI will provide assistance to you with this part of the process.

Do you work with more than one orphanage or creche in Haiti?

Yes. CCAI is working with more than one orphanage at this time in Haiti to assist with the adoption of children in need of a forever family.