Adopting from Haiti


HIH_Haiti_4The Haiti Adoption Program is a long-established program, where Hand In Hand began assisiting with Haitian adoptions in 1994.  Prior to Haiti becoming a party to the Hague Convention on adoption we worked with two crèches (orphanages) in Haiti.  We were re-accredited to work in Haiti under the Hague Convention process in September 2016.

The Central Authority for adoption in Haiti is the Institut du Bein-Etre Social et de Recherches (IBESR) in Port-au-Prince.  This is the office which approves families to adopt and matches families to children..Testamonial9

Due to ongoing economic crises in Haiti, the number of children in need of homes continues to increase in the country’s institutions.  The children are in crèches or orphanages.  Only IBSER can make the determination that a child is in need of and qualified for adoption.  Only IBSER can match a child to a family.

The Program Director is Vickie Truelove in the Indiana Office.


Children Who Need Families

  • Age at time of match: toddler to 15 years old
  • Sibling groups are available
  • All children are of African descent
  • Healthy children and children with special needs (defined by IBESR as children with challenges including behavior disorders or trauma, physical or mental disabilities, and those who are six years or older and/or members of a sibling group)

Travel Requirements

  • Adoptive parents must travel
  • Trip 1: Bonding (both parents must travel) trip of at least 15 days
  • Trip 2: After visa approval, 5 days

Time Frames

  • Most adoptions take 18 months to 3 years to be finalized

Types of Families Accepted

  • At least one spouse must be at least 30 years old (single applicants must be 35 years old)  No prospective adoptive parents over the age of 50 (relative adoptions excepted)
  • Prospective adoptive parents may be unmarried, married or in common law relationships, although Haitian procedures do not allow adoptions by same-sex couples regardless of their marital status.
  • Couples must be living together and married (or in common law relationship) at least five years
  • Single heterosexual women accepted
  • Potential adoptive parents must be habitually resident in a country other than Haiti (like the United States) in order to qualify for inter-country adoption.
  • Nurturance period of 2 years from time of finalization of a previous Haitian adoption before submitting a new application to adopt from Haiti

Haiti Earthquake Outreach

Hand In Hand has continued to work in Haiti after the devastating earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas on January 12, 2010. The widespread damage and far-reaching tragedy greatly impacted an already impoverished nation, and the aftermath is still affecting the people of Haiti. Hand In Hand has set aside a Haiti Relief Fund to collect monetary donations to help in any way we can. If you would like to donate, please send your check (payable to Hand In Hand and with “Haiti Relief Fund” written in the memo line) to: MaryLee Lane, Executive Director, Hand In Hand, 10602 Rainbow Bridge Drive, Petyon Colorado 80831. Hand In Hand is a 501c3 organization, and your donation will be tax-deductible. Thank you for your prayers and support.



About Haiti

HaitiThe Republic of Haiti shares the lush, tropical island of Hispaniola with the country of Dominican Republic. Haiti lies approximately 50 miles southeast of Cuba and is considered part of the West Indies. Haiti’s culture is a vibrant mixture of African, French, Indian, British and Spanish influences.Haiti is considered the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Over 70% of the adult population is unemployed. Due to much political unrest and dire economic circumstances, there are many beautiful children who become available for adoption.