Sunday, February 7, 2010

Department of State: "new" adoptions form Haiti are difficult

There is a lot of coverage in the media about the Baptist group that got into trouble trying to rescue children and take them to the Dominican Republic. The facts seem to change all the time, and it’s not necessarily productive in these blogs to keep up with individual cases – expect to see an NBC Dateline or ABC 20/20 report on this soon.

The typical hype is that there will be a lot of calls for American parents to be open to adopting Haitian orphans and children. However generous the intentions of prospective parents could be, the evidence on the State Department website is that this very difficult in practice. Here is the link. Follow all the sublinks. Generally, it appears that only adoptions that had been in process before the earthquake can be processed.

The Department of State also writes “Haitian law does not allow for a Haitian child to travel to the United States to be adopted. Therefore, prospective adoptive parents must obtain a full and final adoption under Haitian law before the child can immigrate to the United States. Prospective adoptive parents can expect a lengthy process to adopt a child in Haiti.” And Haiti is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

Wikipedia attribution link for picture if Haiti deforestation.

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