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What Is the Status for a Haiti Adoption Already in Progress?

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Caregivers comfort children after an earthquake destroys Haiti Orphanages.

Caregivers comfort children after an earthquake destroys Haiti Orphanages.

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Question: What Is the Status for a Haiti Adoption Already in Progress?
After the January 2010 earthquake many prospective adoptive parents are worried about their children, and wondering how to speed up the Haiti adoption process.
Answer:

According the the U.S. Department of State Web site, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs are looking for ways to speed up the adoption process for those who already have pending adoptions. These are cases where the Haitian government has already issued a final adoption decree or granted custody to the U.S. adoptive parents. The State Department is still working with Homeland Security to see how to best handle pending Haiti adoptions.

Updated: April 29, 2010
Applications for Adoption Being Accepted

The IBESR, Haiti's adoption authority, announced that they are now accepting new adoption applications for Haitian children who were either documented as orphans before January 12, 2010, or who have been since relinquished by their parents or guardians since the earthquake. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has also resumed normal visa processing.

Updated January 18, 2010

Please see the following statement from the U.S. Department of State regarding Haiti Adoptions as the contact information and information needed has changed. If you have already sent in your information request using the askci@state.gov email address, your request will be forwarded on. If not, please use the following mail address: Haitian.adoptions@dhs.gov which was established to receive information and documents regarding Haiti adoptions.

For a listing of information needed to check on the status of your pending Haiti adoption please visit the U.S. Department of State Web site regarding Haiti.

Best wishes to all of those impacted by the earthquake in Haiti.

SOURCE:
Haiti Adoption Information - U.S. Department of State

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