Announcement for Adoptive Families

18 01 2010

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has requested specific documentation from adoptive parents with pending Haitian adoptions.  Please refer to the announcement below from the U.S. Department of State.

We encourage all adoptive parents with pending Haitian adoptions to email haitian.adoptions@dhs.gov with the documents listed as “The following case documents may be useful to USCIS”. Providing these documents in the format requested, may be critically useful if the U.S. government uses humanitarian parole for those children already referred to U.S. adoptive families.

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Document Request for Pending Haitian Adoption Cases

January 18, 2010

DHS’ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has set up a special e-mail box Haitian.adoptions@dhs.gov to receive scanned documentation on pending Haitian adoptee orphans.  If you have already sent documentation to askci@state.gov , it will be forwarded to USCIS on your behalf.

USCIS requests that all communications from prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers should be formatted as follows:

  • Subject line: LAST NAME, First name of the adopting parent, and USCIS case number and NVC case number, if  available
  • If you are adopting more than one child, please send separate e-mails for each child
  • Include the name, DOB, gender of the child, and the current location of the child in Haiti
  • Include any contact information for the child’s current whereabouts
  • Please include a recent photograph of the child
  • Attachments: please limit attachments to 10 megabytes per e-mail message.  If necessary, split your communica­tion into more than one message, and indicate in the subject line the total number of e-mails and the message num­ber  (i.e. “1 of 2”)

The following case documents may be useful to USCIS;

  • Full and final Haitian adoption decree
  • GOH Custody grant to prospective adoptive parents for emigration and adoption OR
  • Secondary evidence of either of the adoption or custody decree
  • Proof of travel by the prospective adoptive parents to Haiti to visit the child
  • Photos of the child and prospective adoptive parents together
  • ASP “Acceptance of Referral” letter signed by the prospective adoptive parents
  • IBESR approval
  • Legal relinquishment or award of custody to the Haitian orphanage
  • Secondary evidence of the above (e.g. e-mail correspondence, copies, ASP correspondence)

Updated information will be provided on www.adoption.state.gov as it becomes available.


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