Central Adoption Authority: Institut du Bien Social et de Recherches (IBESR)
- 6 months and up.
- Children abandoned or orphaned before the earthquake or relinquished by surviving birth parents after the earthquake are available for adoption.
Adoptive Parent Regulations
Residency Requirements: Haitian law does not require prospective adoptive parents to reside in Haiti, although Haitian courts and/or the Institut du Bien Etre Social et de Recherches (IBESR, the Haitian adoption authority) may require American prospective adoptive parents to travel to Haiti before the adoption is finalized. The U.S. Government does not require adoptive parents to travel to Haiti at any time during the adoption and immigrant visa process.
Age Requirements: Under Haitian law, the prospective adoptive parent (married couples or single females) must be 35 or older. For married couples, one prospective adoptive parent may be under age 35, providing the couple has been married for ten years and has no biological children.
The adoptive parent must be at least 19 years older than the child they intend to adopt. These restrictions can be waived with permission from the President of Haiti.
Marriage Requirements: Adoptions by married couples require the consent of both spouses. This restriction can be waived with permission from the President of Haiti.
Household: No more than 3 biological children in the home for Married couples. No more than 2 biological children in the home for single females.
Processing Time & Travel
- An adoption will take up to 2 years; each case can vary.
- Both adoptive parents are required to travel at least once.