I was again surprised to see that it has been since March that I posted on this blog. Unfortunately, I missed it and didn’t realize- I apologize for that.
Things have been happening in this country regarding their adoption program. Haiti is currently working toward being part of the Hague Convention. This is a huge move on their part because of the massive amount of work that must be done in order to ensure that the adoption program meets Hague standards. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Haiti was implementing the necessary changes to be part of this coalition. I believe this will be a positive for the long-term effectiveness of the program.
According to the United States International Adoption website, Haiti approved the ratification of Hague on June 11, 2012. I think that it is a benefit to refer directly to the alert to let you know the status of adoption from this area:
Hait’s adoption authority, l ‘Institut du Bien-Etre Sociale et de Recherches (IBESR,) confirmed that the Haitian Parliament aprroved ratification of the Hague Adoption Convention on June 11, 2012, although it is our understanding that Haiti has not yet deposited its instrument of ratification to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Haiti three months after Haiti deposits its instrument of ratification with the Dutch Ministry of Affairs.
The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince continues to seek clarification on Haiti’s timeline for ratification and implementation of procedures for processing Convention adoptions and transition cases. The United States Government continues to encourage the Government of Haiti to prepare fully for the implementation of the Convention before depositing its instruments of ratification, so that the adoption program in Haiti can continue as Haiti prepares to become a member of the Convention…
At this point, Haiti has slowed down its adoption application acceptance in order to catch up on its backlog. This could take awhile to fully rectify. It appears also that the United States will wait until Haiti fully implements the necessary program changes for ratification before they re-open the relationship. I am not certain where in the process they are. Unfortunately, changes in the program are often costly and take time to get into place. Haiti is still reeling from the earthquake that devastated their nation. Hopefully the changes and eventual ratification process can occur in a timely manner.
Haiti continues to be racked with terrible poverty and disease. There are many children who go without daily. As Haiti brings their system to ratification standards- the opportunities will grow.
Haiti is the country to watch. They are working for ratification and will re-open with a stronger program that will be able to handle the large need that it it faced with. At this point, Haiti is not actively accepting dossiers.