It is so interesting to see the strides that Haiti is taking in order to protect its adoption program. The devastation that wracked their capital left a great need for adoption relationships with willing countries but also left room for people to misuse others. Haiti has made all possible strides to ensure that all of their adoptions are happening in a legal manner. This is so important and should be viewed as a respectable avenue. It may seem to those of us on the outside that it is just something that has slowed down the adoption process but it is truly so much more.
There is still a tremendous need for adoptive families for children whose lives were changed so drastically on that fateful day. Life is hard in this country and orphaned children suffer greatly. Some of the children are still living in makeshift shelters on the streets. Others are not so lucky. There are many children who do not have any shelter or food and can be found begging on the streets to feed their siblings and family. This is the harsh reality of life in Haiti. There is no way to sugarcoat any of the circumstances- they are hard. The people in this country are hurting.
It is difficult to imagine that all of the money and work that has gone to Haiti has not taken care of the need. Yet, the problems remain because the need was so great before the earthquake. The people were hungry and couldn’t find work. The children were already struggling. There were many who had to panhandle in order to eat. Now the streets are cluttered with need and the city is devastated.
The children of Haiti are beautiful. They have been raised in a harsh atmosphere that has left holes in their health. This is something that must be taken into account when considering adoption from this area. The dental and medical issues that must be dealt with can pose a problem for newly adoptive families. Keep this part of the adoption process in mind. It is not something to be taken lightly.
At this point, Haiti is closed for adoption. They are working through the ratification process to join the Hague Convention. The regulations for agency accreditation have been released and many are beginning the process of becoming part of this adoption program. If you are interested in adopting from Haiti, it is vitally important that you use a reputable agency. When this country re-opens, they will offer a list of accredited agencies.