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Adoption from Haiti

Adoption from Haiti is a topic that has been addressed often in the past year. The devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, opened the eyes of the world to the desperate plight of Haitians, including the countless orphans of Haiti. American citizens especially have been moved to open their homes to these children, but the U.S. State Department is urging these parents to slow down.

After the January 12, 2010 earthquake, many Haitians were forced to live in refugee camps like this one.

Haiti Devastation

Haiti has always had problems, including civil unrest, high unemployment, limited access to health care and lack of education. But all those struggles became trivial compared to the utter devastation of last year's earthquake. More than 230,000 people were killed, another 300,000 were injured and countless buildings were destroyed, leaving many homeless.

A year later, Haiti is still struggling to get back on its feet, and while there has been some progress, it could take up to ten years before Haiti makes any true progress. In the past year, in addition to the earthquake's devastation, Haitians have also had to deal with a cholera epidemic and an electoral crisis.

But What About the Children?

We adoptive parents have tender hearts for children, and especially for children who are homeless and suffering, so it's only natural that we would be motivated to pursue an adoption from Haiti, but the State Department is currently discouraging what they fear might be "knee-jerk" adoptions.

The concern the State Department has, along with Haitian officials, is that in their haste to rescue these children, adoptive parents and agencies would take short cuts that could lead to illegal adoptions, child abduction and the selling and trafficking of children. Of course, no one wants to take a child away from parents who want to raise him, but what it means for parents wanting to adopt a child from Haiti is a much longer wait.

The Legal Requirements of Adoption

In order to satisfy the requirements of U.S. immigration law, a child must be proven to be an orphan. Because Haiti is currently in crisis mode, this is a daunting task. Many of the children currently living in orphanages or shelters may have parents looking for them.

Also, it's common in an emergency for parents to send their children out of the area until things settle down. Their parents have no intention of giving up their parental rights but only want their children cared for temporarily until they can get back on their feet.

So if you have your heart set on an adoption from Haiti, you will likely need to find a reputable adoption agency and be willing to put up with a long wait. In the meantime if you truly want to help children in need, find a trustworthy organization providing humanitarian relief to Haitians and either donate or volunteer your time. You'll be glad you did.

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The devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, opened the eyes of the world to the desperate plight of Haitians, including the countless orphans of Haiti. American citizens especially have been moved to open their homes to these children, but the U.S. State Department is urging these parents to slow down. Read more.

Corruption and greed brought an end to adoptions from Cambodia, but new laws and regulations are now being established that might one day allow American parents to again adopt from Cambodia. Learn more.

It is possible to adopt from Honduras without using an agency, but you will need to know the language and have contacts there. Learn more.

An update to pursuing a Haiti adoption: It is now not only once again possible, but necessary in light of the devastating earthquake in 2010. Learn more.

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