Chances for Children is looking for qualified adoptive families.
The Bad News: Unfortunately, the Haitian adoption requirements for adoptive families are very restrictive.
In order to adopt a child under the age of 5 years an adoptive family is required to:
- have at least one parent be between the ages of 35 and 50. The younger parent must be at least 30.
- if married, the couple has to have been married for at least 10 years. Single women over 35 years of age with strong references may also adopt.
- must not have biological children.
The Good News: Though it is preferred that adoptive families meet the requirements above, there are some exceptions for families who are willing to be a little more patient during their adoption process. Families that do not meet one of the requirements may still qualify to adopt with the understanding that they will need a Presidential Dispensation for their adoption (meaning the President of Haiti has to approve the adoption). This is believed to add a few more months to the 12-18 month adoption process once a file is in process in Haiti. Still, it provides more flexibility for families who are dedicated to adopting from Haiti but do not meet all requirements.
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