Haitian Government Announces New Exit Requirement for Children

24 01 2010

It is Joint Council’s understanding that the government of Haiti, in protecting against the inappropriate movement of children to the U.S. and other countries, has announced that the Haiti government must approve the international movement of each individual child.  This includes children that are bound for the U.S., whether through the visa process or humanitarian parole.

It is also our understanding that the U.S. government is actively engaged on this issue with the Haitian government.  The US Citizenship and Immigration Services, which authorizes humanitarian parole for each child, continues to process cases at the US Embassy in Port au Prince.

The new requirement of the Haitian government may cause a delay in the travel of children who qualify for a U.S. visa or humanitarian parole.  It is understandable that adoptive families who have yet to be united with the child they are adopting, may be concerned.  Joint Council urges adoptive families to remain diligent and continue to seek humanitarian parole for the child they are adopting.

It is Joint Council’s understanding that this new requirement is in response to concerns that children who were not in the process of adoption, leaving Haiti for the U.S. and other countries.   Joint Council shares in the concerns over the inappropriate movement of Haitian children.

Joint Council again calls on the U.S. government, UNICEF and others engaged in child protection to provide transport of Haitian orphans to safe shelter including nutrition and medical care,  regardless of their adoption status.  Any delays necessitated by this new child protection requirement only further support Joint Council’s standing advocacy for the safety and well-being of Haitian orphans and other children.


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24 01 2010
Baby Love Child » Haitian Government ***MAY*** have changed the exit requirements for children leaving the country

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24 01 2010
frustrated

so what is the new haitian requirement? and how much longer will this continue to take?

24 01 2010
Rebecca

I don’t think I can take anymore! Does this mean those of us that tried to follow directions and not take kids to the embassy will be penilized for not being quick.

24 01 2010
Laura Smith

The Haitian government is responding to the concerns of UNICEF and Save the Children, which are misdirected at people wanting to help Haiti’s children. They should be more concerned with the eventual fate of children staying in Haiti.

24 01 2010
Scott Conners

As Rebecca said, this just penalizes the children with adoptions agencies and parents that are patient and respectful of the directions we have received thus far. Our American government has done a phenominal job so far and hopefully they will be able to help work through this glitch as well. We need to take it a step further and expedite the process for the next wave of orphans so that they don’t have to wait 2-4 years before finding a new family.

25 01 2010
Angry

How much more do we have to go through???? We want our children out of this hellhole called Haiti – NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

25 01 2010
Chris Riser

We are incredibly appreciative of all that the Haitian and U.S. Governments have done up to this point to help expedite those children who have been part of the careful legal process that adoption requires. They have been tireless in their work on behalf of the children. It is our prayer that they will not allow outside pressure to keep them from doing what is right in this case – allowing those children who have been cleared through proper channels to fly to the U.S.. Our two girls have their visas but remain in Haiti – we are praying for them, and long to have them home.

25 01 2010
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25 01 2010
Rebecca

Why would anyone traffic a child out of a place where you had to fly them out? It would be easy to go to one of the many countires w/ street children where you can walk across the boarder with them.

26 01 2010
Keri Bullock

With all due respect & empathy regarding the incidents that are probably legitimately behind your anger, I’d avoid dishing out labels such as “hellhole”. The situation is definitely unfair & certain legal requirements seem “wrong” at times like this. But I recommend considering the way labels such as “hellhole” could be interpreted as derogatory to the country of Haiti & its citizens, especially if it is the birth country of some children you intend to adopt. parent, raise & teach. I assume you’ve invested a ton of time, energy & money in the lives of certain Haitian children. On the one hand you deserve to call them “our” children, nearly insinuating they’ve always belonged to you. On the other hand, like it or not, the children were born as citizens of Haiti, that is still their homeland & it will forever be the country of their roots. Some of the parentless, homeless children who live in Haitian orphanages have had their lives preserved due to certain devoted Haitian citizens as their caretakers, who surely qualify as being among the most unselfish, miraculous, humanitarian people in all the world. I doubt there are any orphange workers (Haitian, American, you name it) who don’t support nixing the red-tape in order to expedite transportation & finalize the adoptions of children who’ve already been placed with & loved by US parents. But protection from crime upon the children is is a mandatory factor to balance. Bottom line, expression of anger in the form of derogatory lables have potential to ihibit the complicated negotiation process & stiffen the minds of officials who need to be persuaded to make realistic accommodations for the children to receive the good homes & families they deserve.

26 01 2010
Ashley Jackson

My husband and I have always wanted to adopt and thought it was something that would be far off in our future, however, God has made it very clear to us over the last week that His timing is different from ours. I am very new to all of the adoption lingo as well as the process, but feel as if this “red tape,” that everyone is talking about is not what is best for those children that were in the orphanages without families who had already adopted them, but that were indeed orphans. I wish that the Haitian government would allow those children who are truly orphans to be sent to the US to be placed in foster care until they are able to get the paper work completed for those children to then be officially adopted. We are in Florida and have heard of a few organizations here that are thinking something of that nature may take place in the near future, (which we have already done all of the paper work in case it does happen), but have heard that if it does then those children that we would potentially “foster/be a safe family for” would then have to go back to Haiti before they would be able to be adopted. My husband and I are very frustrated by this, and feel that it would be so hard on the child for them to come to the US live in our home and get to know this place (US), which to them will be a fantasy land compared to what they are used to, and then have to go back to Haiti just so we could then go through the “official” adoption process. Why not bring the true orphans here, let the families that are potential adoptive families keep them as foster kids, until the Haitian government (as well as the families) are able to complete the adoption process. In the meantime the child is will be here in a safe place where they are guaranteed food, clean water and a loving family. Also I am praying that the fees of adopting a Haitian child will not be as high as they were prior to the earthquake. Please tell me if I am wrong, but I have heard that prior they were anywhere from 20,000-30,000 bucks! Like I said I am new to all of this, but it seem outrageous of a price, especially considering the number of orphans that there will be after this disaster. Does anyone know anything about that yet? Also does anyone know of ways you can get assistance with the cost. As I said earlier, this was something that we thought would be far off in our future, so we currently (as most people) don’t have 30,000 bucks just lying around to pay for an adoption, however, we do have a loving heart and a great longing to adopt one of these precious gifts from God!!!! Any thoughts?

26 01 2010
Bridgit

Has anyone gone through the translation process during their Haitian adoption? I am required to have everything translated into French….does this mean EVERYTHING? House deed….birth certs….marriage license?
Please and thank you….

27 01 2010
Sarah

My husband and I had just started the adoption process 3 months before the earthquake hit. We found out that my husband’s little sister who was adopted from Haiti, has a brother who is 2 years old at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince. We are hoping we can speed things up with all the devastation that the country is experiencing. The orphanage can barely handle taking care of him and the other children in the orphanage. We want more than anything to bring him here and give both of them the opportunity to live near siblings they have never met….

27 01 2010
Bridgit

Sarah, how did you get your paperwork translated? Which orphanage are you working with?
Thank you so much…

28 01 2010
Sarah

We are working with New Life Link. Our paper work is not translated yet. But this is who our adoption agency recommends Deborah Blaz, who can be contacted at blazm@yahoo.com.

Hope that helps, Sarah

27 01 2010
Ashley Jackson

Sarah, what have you completed so far…what happens in the first three months? Have you heard if you will be able to speed up the process and if so, how quickly?

28 01 2010
Sarah

In 3 months we have identified the orphanage, found the child, filled out all the home study paper work (which is a lot!!) and passed our background checks. Our I600A visas will be submitted as soon as our home study is completed. Howwever you can submit those first if you want to. You just have to submit your home study with in a year. Then you send it all off to IBESR. Which I don’t know if IBESR is even around anymore…

27 01 2010
Laura Smith

There are special visas for Haitians who have family in this country. Since his sister is here, maybe you should think about pursuing that route instead. Maybe talk with an immigration lawyer.

28 01 2010
Sarah

We talked to a couple of immigration attorneys before we started doing it this way 3 months ago. But they never mentioned that. I couldn’t find anything on uscis.gov either. Do you know what type of visa he could get?

29 01 2010
Jennifer

Please help us if you can! We are at the very beginning of the adoption process,waiting to begin the home study. We already know our orphan and have the orphanage director’s permission to adopt him. He is a legal orphan and is now 12 in good health,though he does have a skin condition. Since then we have not been able to communicate with the orphanage in regards to the adoption agency they’ve used so we can proceed. A Rep. of our state said we’d need to file the I 600 or I 600A? Could someone clarify as to whether we should file 600 or 600A as we already know our child? Is it OK to file before we’ve begun the process?

29 01 2010
Keri Bullock

Jennifer, the I600 forms will only be processed if they are submitted by adoptive parents who are already legally licensed to adopt, which includes a completed Homestudy. (The homestudy must be attached to the forms in order for the forms to be honored & processed.) Go to
http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-600ainstr.pdf

29 01 2010
Keri Bullock

The instructions on the I600A form also states that a Homestudy can be attached or submitted up to one year afterward.

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