Adopting from Haiti? Still an International Nightmare

I have a soft spot for the poor, neglected children orphaned in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. About six months ago, I visited the adjacent country of Dominican Republic and talked to natives there about the countless Haitians looking for work in neighboring cities. The situation is most terrible for the children.

Haiti has long been a nation of suffering. Here are the latest statistics I can find from certifying world bodies:

  1. Nearly 80% of Haitian lived in abject poverty.
  2. According to most Center for Disease Control stats, over 10% of the child population die before the age of 4 most often from malnutrition.
  3. Almost 7% of children were enslaved after the earthquake when one or more parents died.
  4. Today at least 45% of the Haitian population is illiterate.
  5. Following the catastrophic earthquake of January 2010, conditions are much worse for the Haitian people. Especially little ones.

Two years after the earthquake, tens of thousands of families still huddle under tarpaulins strung off of sticks and broken timbers in enormous tent camps, with no access to toilet facilities or potable water. Cholera has killed thousands. Families are shattered.  The need for effective and accountable aid for Haiti is greater than ever before. Things just keep  getting worse there.

All Blessings International is one adoption agency I’ve been in contact with that is proud to partner with Brebis de Saint Michele de L’Attalaye, or “BRESMA”, a Haitian orphanage with a long history of providing effective aid to Haitian children and their families.

In the past, it was common practice for families in the village of Castaches to send their children away to be servants/slaves in Port-au-Prince or other large cities, in the  vain hope that the wealthy families they served might provide them with some sort of education and steady supply of nutrients.

According to All Blessings, my family is not able to adopt from this poor illiterate country because we are too old ad also, strangely, we cannot show our proof of Christian religion. (My husband is Jewish and I am an atheist so we are really screwed in this country, not a chance of adoption here.)

All Blessings has almost completed a new facility that will allow them to serve 70 more children at a time – 70 children with very little hope for survival otherwise. According to All Blessings, these are the things the county needs most for their children:

  • Funds to complete another new orphanage building
  • Sponsorship for Women’s Economic Empowerment Program
  • School sponsorships
  • Vaccines and pharaceuticals for the orphanage

Stay tuned while my family narrows down our international search for an Indian daughter, more next week. And tell me your inspiring adoption story here!

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  1. by Diana Boni

    On November 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Dear Nicole,

    It would appear that there has been some grave misunderstanding. All Blessings does not discriminate against non-Christian families, and no statement of faith is required either by All Blessings, BRESMA, or the Haitian government! We cannot change Haitian law regarding adoptive parent eligibility and age or length of marriage, but we will always accept families based upon their ability to parent, not their religious affiliation.

    There are a great many changes occurring in Haitian adoptions right now, but we believe that these changes will lead to a safer, more protected adoption process for the children of Haiti.

    Diana Boni
    Haiti Program Coordinator
    All Blessings International

  2. by Julia

    On May 4, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Would love to know if you ended up going with All Blessings? We are thinking about using them as they are one of the few Christian agencies that do DR Congo