Adoption Information: Haiti
Haiti Joins the Hague Adoption Convention
On December 16, 2013, Haiti joined the Hague Adoption Convention by depositing its instrument of ratification with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Convention will enter into force in Haiti on April 1, 2014.
What This Means for U.S. Prospective Adoptive Parents
Presently it is unclear whether after April 1, 2014 Hague Adoption Convention cases will be able to proceed in Haiti. The Department of State will inform the public by no later than April 1, 2014, on whether the United States will be able to process Convention adoptions from Haiti.
It is also currently unclear whether pending non-Convention adoption cases will be able to continue in Haiti after April 1, 2014. USCIS and the Department of State are working closely with the Government of Haiti to determine a process that may allow as many as possible non-Convention adoption cases in process before April 1, 2014 to continue as “grandfathered” cases under the non-Convention adoption process after April 1, 2014. We will provide further updates as soon as we learn more information.
We encourage U.S. prospective adoptive parents who have not yet begun the intercountry adoption process in Haiti to use caution before initiating a Haitian adoption, since it is currently unclear which Haitian adoption cases may be able to proceed after April 1, 2014.
The Hague Adoption Convention, which entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, aims to protect the welfare of children, birth parent(s) and adoptive parent(s) engaged in intercountry adoptions. Effective April 1, 2008, new intercountry adoptions between the United States and other Hague Adoption Convention countries must comply with Hague Adoption Convention standards.
In the United States, Hague Convention adoptions are processed on USCIS Forms I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, and I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative. Non-Convention intercountry adoption cases are processed on USCIS Forms I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, and I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative.
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Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/24/2014