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Prospective Haiti adoptive parents should be aware of the risks associated with not utilizing experienced, licensed agencies.
By on June 28th, 2011

Be aware – Prospective adoptive parents pursuing an independent adoption may place their trust in private facilitators engaging in unethical or illegal practices in Haiti.

The Department of State has seen a recent increase in U.S. citizens seeking to pursue adoptions in Haiti through independent agents instead of licensed adoption providers. While these “private” adoptions are currently permissible in Haiti, prospective adoptive parents should be aware of the risks associated with not utilizing experienced, licensed agencies.

Non-licensed facilitators may lack experience in navigating the complex Haitian adoption process, and this could lead to delays and critical mistakes in processing the case.

Haitian facilitators may also not be familiar with U.S. immigration law governing intercountry adoption processing.

The Department strongly encourages prospective adoptive parents adopting from Haiti to research U.S. immigration laws and Haitian adoption procedures through the use of a reputable, licensed agency or experienced facilitator. For more information about intercountry adoption in Haiti, please visit our website at:http://adoption.state.gov/country_information/country_specific_info.php?country-select=haiti.

 

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June 28th, 2011
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