Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Haiti and the Hague - Success

This afternoon the Department of State and USCIS hosted a conference call regarding Haiti's accession to the Hague Convention on International Adoption.

A team from both entities visited Haiti at the beginning of February with three goals:

  1. To assess whether the DOS would be able to verify that requirements in individual adoption cases had been met as specified by the Hague Convention.
  2. To discuss a transition plan for non-Hague cases
  3. To establish a working group between the two governments to manage transition cases
Ambassador Susan Jacobs stated that they "were very, very encouraged but the positive findings they made during the trip."  In other words, the Department of State does not indented to close Haitian adoptions for American Citizens following April 1st, 2014.

This is thrilling news for Haiti, as it becomes one of the first if not the only developing nation to implement the Hague Convention on International Adoption in the prescribed, graduated way and use the Convention as it was intended: as a protection for children and families.