An excerpt from Title Three, Section Two of the new IBESR policies can be translated as follows:
30. Is and remains forbidden:
- Private adoption;
- Individual and / or independent adoption;
- That the biological parents or legal guardians of the child decide expressly who will adopt their child, except when it comes to adoption of the child of a spouse, of an inter family adoption and in the case where the foster family who had previously welcomed the child wishes to adopt him, or if a member of a sibling group has already been adopted;
- That the prospective adoptive parents have contact with the biological parents of the child or any other person that may influence the consent of the authorized person, unless the adoption takes place between members of the same family;
- An American family doing work in Haiti befriends a Haitian family, and they decide to pursue an adoption of the child(ren) of that Haitian family.
- An American family doing work in Haiti befriends a Haitian family, and they encourage friends or family to pursue an adoption of the child(ren) of that Haitian family.
- A Haitian family relinquishes children to a crèche with the express intent of a specific American family adopting those children (unless siblings of the child are already in the care or custody of that adoptive family).
Another common situation is for a PAP to meet a child already residing in an orphanage and wishes to adopt that particular child. IBESR does not approve of such pre-identified adoptions. They are likely to be approved only under extreme circumstances, such as the prospective adoptive parents having spent extensive time in Haiti and the child having serious special needs.
Adoptive families residing in Haiti who have had a child placed with them by IBESR may request to adopt that child should he be found legally free for adoption.
Again, our interpretation is just that – our interpretation. It is not to be considered a substitute for legal advice or directives from IBESR. It is simply how ABI is addressing requests from families seeking to pursue an adoption of a pre-identified child.