Adopt from Haiti

Haiti is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, all intercountry adoptions between Haiti and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention. Haitian adoptions are conducted through a collaborative effort of a Hague accredited adoption agency in the U.S. and by the Haitian Central Adoption Authority (IBESR).
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To learn more about adopting from Haiti, you may contact us, call our office at (502) 423-5780, or directly email Karson at karson@nightlight.org 

  • Children and sibling groups of all ages are available for adoption from Haiti. We are currently only taking applications of families that are open to children ages 6+.

• At least one parent has to be over 30 years of age. Neither parent can be over age 50.
• Single women are accepted into the program.
• A couple has to be married for at least 5 years.

Referrals are provided by Haiti. The referral will contain basic information on child’s medical and social background and pictures. Referral wait times are based off of the age of child that you are open to and approved for which are below:
• Child 6-7 years: average referral time is 2+ years
• Child 8+ average referral time is less than 2 years
• Sibling groups: average referral time is less than 2 years

  1. Make application to Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
  2. Begin your adoption home study and submit form I-800A to USCIS.
  3. Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
  4. Once USCIS has approved your adoption home study, you will receive your I-797C pre-approval notice.
  5. Once your USCIS approval has been received your dossier is complete, you will be registered to adopt in Haiti.
  6. The Haitian Central Authority will add you to a list of waiting families and it can take several years to receive a referral.
  7. Upon referral acceptance, you will travel to Haiti for a 15-day bonding trip.
  8. Upon return to the US, you will file your I-800 application.
  9. Once you receive your I-800 provisional approval, your dossier goes to court for the adoption.
  10. Once you have received the court decree, the attorney will obtain a new birth certificate and passport for your child.
  11. The final step is to obtain the US visa for your child. Once the visa is printed, you go to Haiti for the second required trip of 6 days and then return home with your child.
  12. The children reside in orphanages while awaiting adoption.
  13. It can take 12-14 months to bring your child home once you are matched.
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Only 2 trips are required for adoption from Haiti. The first trip is 15 days and you will meet the child you were referred. Both parents are required to attend this trip. You will go on your second trip after adoption in Haiti is completed and your child’s visa is obtained (approximately 1 year after the first trip). The required stay for the second trip is 6 days.

Nightlight Christian Adoptions is committed to preparing families for the adoption of a child with special needs. We provide pre- and post-adoption education and information regarding medical resources.

Please contact Savana Rowe, savana@nightlight.org, (502) 423-5780 with any questions.

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