Haiti is widely considered to be the most impoverished country in the western hemisphere, with almost 80% of its citizens living below the poverty line. Due to the extreme poverty prevalent in Haiti, many families are unable to care for their children; 15% of children in Haiti are estimated to be living outside of family care, living them vulnerable to the harsh reality of the world without protections.
In 2010, an earthquake devastated this already poor country, compounding the hardships faced by many Haitians and leaving even more children without families. It is estimated that the number of orphans in Haiti doubled from 380,000 to more than 750,000. This staggering number accounts for almost 7% of Haiti’s population. There is a critical need for international adoption from Haiti.
Since 2010, the country has suffered additional hardships including a three-year El-Niño-induced drought, an additional hurricane and an ongoing cholera outbreak. As a result, the children of Haiti are suffering food insecurity and malnutrition. The Government’s capacities have been stretched to the breaking point. These problems are especially acute for children without parental care.
Married couples seeking to adopt from Haiti must be married five years at time of dossier submission; one spouse must be over the age of 30 years old. Single women seeking to adopt from Haiti must be over the age of 35 years old. Pursuing an adoption from Haiti allows individuals to meet the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
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MLJ Adoptions is a Hague Accredited International Adoption Agency based in Indianapolis, Indiana. We provide ethical, compassionate and attentive adoption services to loving and committed families from across the United States and around the world.
We’ve successfully placed over two hundred and fifty children through our international adoption programs in Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Samoa and Ukraine. MLJ Adoptions believes that every child deserves a loving and permanent family including older children and children with special needs. We also facilitate an Orphan Hosting Program from Ukraine each winter and summer for several weeks.
Our Special Needs Program connects these children with loving adoptive families willing to meet the needs of these special children. We focus on preparing parents by providing education and direct support to ensure that children are placed with families who are equipped and empowered to parent their child successfully. We continue to provide services after placement to ensure that our families are encouraged and supported before, during and after placement.