CCAI Celebrates 100 Haiti Adoptions!

This past Saturday, CCAI was in high spirits, celebrating the exciting milestone of reaching our 100th Haiti adoption this month!  The office was filled with balloons and Christmas lights, brimming with delicious snacks, and overrun by little kids, ready to celebrate themselves (as it should be).

Thank you to all our families who made to trip out and celebrated with us.  And to all of our families unable to make it, you were in our thoughts the entire time with the beautiful photos you sent in as they played on the wall during the festivities. To our families still waiting to hold your child in your arms, thank you for being a part of our family and sticking with us and trusting us!

CCAI officially started our Haiti program in 2009.  Since the 2010 earthquake, Haiti’s government has undergone some major restructuring, but has faithfully kept its doors open to international adoption, albeit with more than a few challenges.  We are absolutely giddy with joy to have reached 100 adoptions and are eager to continue finding forever families for these amazing kids!

Welcome Home & Haiti News

CCAI was thrilled to welcome home 4 more children last week from Haiti!

In 2013 we have been able to celebrate 33 children coming to the U.S. to join their families!! We expect to see an additional 20-30 children come home this year! 😀

The Haitian government has recently passed a new adoption law that will change the criteria for who can adopt from Haiti. Among the changes is the lowering of the minimum age requirement for married couples to 30 years old for at least one spouse. In addition, the marriage requirement will be lowered to 5 years. Perhaps most importantly it appears that Haiti will no longer require a Presidential Dispensation for adopting families with biological children. It is not known exactly when these changes will be implemented, but it does appear that Haiti will finally be making some changes to their adoptive parent criteria. CCAI will post information about any new adoption laws once they are officially in place in Haiti.

Haiti & China Adoptions Update

CCAI Family and friends, please help us congratulate and celebrate TWO new families who came home from Haiti this past weekend with their beautiful children! Please also help us congratulate and celebrate the homecoming of THIRTEEN new families who came home from China last weekend with their precious bundles of joy!

Since 2010, CCAI has helped 73 children come home from Haiti and 16 just since January! Since 1992, CCAI has helped facilitate 10,510 adoptions from China and 129 children have come home since January!

Our hearts are always so very full.

Happy Monday!

Haiti Update

Four CCAI children came home to the U.S. last week to join their forever families! CCAI has had 10 children from Haiti come home in 2013 and 18 since Thanksgiving! Even better, there are currently 15 children’s files awaiting USCIS approval at the Embassy in Port-au-Prince! Please join us in celebrating this terrific news!

Woohoo!

CCAI Accredited by Haiti Adoption Authority

IBESR, Haiti’s central authority on international adoption has accredited CCAI to be an  Organization Approved for Adoption (OAA)!

This is the first time in Haiti adoption history that the government has accredited international adoption agencies for the protection of their children.  As a leading Haiti adoption agency in the USA, we are grateful for the Haiti government’s efforts and will continue to cooperate with IBESR to bring healing, home and hope to more adoptable Haitian children.

Fo more information on how you can adopt a Haitain child, please visit www.haitiadoption.org or email us at info@haitiadoption.org

Hope In Haiti

Sarah Suitter
CCAI Dossier Specialist

I feel like one of the few that have the pleasure of going to work each day to a job I care deeply about. About two weeks ago, I returned from my first adoption-related trip!  In Haiti, I had the incredible opportunity to spend a week with 9 terrific CCAI families, visiting and bonding with their Haitian adoptees.  I can tell you right now, I’ve never felt so passionate for the work that is being done through CCAI.

This little heart-breaker is Ernelson. He is being adopted by one of our families! Yay!

This experience impacted me in ways I couldn’t have imagined.  I anticipated the strife and hardship of this impoverished nation, but to witness and experience the profound hope, the joy of the people and the genuine care for these poor children was extremely moving.

The hope I witnessed in Haiti was rivaled only by the courage, determination, and love of the families working so hard to give these children a chance at a better life.  I was and am so inspired by their actions.  For nearly all of the adoptive families on this trip, this would be their first time in Haiti, their first time meeting the child they’ve held close only in their hearts. Adoptive parents make such an amazing commitment, investing so much financially and emotionally in order to invest in the life of a child and love them unconditionally for the rest of their lives. I witnessed families growing right in front of me and it was beautiful.

I am thankful that I was able to observe the orphanage environment first-hand in Haiti.  It was clear to me that everyone, from the Director to the nannies to the guards that stood watch, loved and cared for these precious children. And to many of the children, the orphanage is their family. While the orphanage cannot meet these children’s every need, they are loved and cared for while they dream of a family and a future outside of the orphanage walls.

By far the most difficult thing about this trip was watching the adoptive parents as they said their goodbyes to their adoptive children. The heart-wrenching reality of Haiti adoption is that you are able to meet, hold, and bond with your child well before governments will allow you to bring them home. The children cried, the parents cried, I cried; but the tears were bittersweet, the sadness buffered by the hope that remains.

Leaving Haiti was difficult, but hope and love remain on both ends; in the hearts of the parents who wait patiently in the US and in the daily acts of those who care for their children in Haiti.  I come back to my office job with a strengthened sense of purpose, a deeper appreciation for the families we work with, and gratitude for the love that intertwines us all.

A Happy Thanksgiving Indeed: CCAI’s Largest Group From Haiti Comes Home!

CCAI is thrilled to announce that, on Thanksgiving Day, five Haitian children came home to their forever families! The children were adopted from CCAI’s partner orphanage Maison Des Enfants De Dieu in Port-au-Prince. This was the first group of children to arrive home from Maison Des Enfants De Dieu since shortly after the devastating 2010 earthquake. We are beyond excited for the children and their families and are looking forward to 2013 as we expect dozens more children from Haiti to join their forever families!

Happy faces all around!

After a long and trying journey, it was a very happy Thanksgiving indeed!

 

CCAI Welcomes Its Team Members from Haiti

CCAI Haiti Adoption Team

Lovelie has been a key part of the CCAI Haiti adoption program.  She is responsible for gathering and verifying background information of the orphanage’s children, working with our in-Haiti attorney, serving visiting, adoptive families, and communicating with the U.S. Consulate in regards to immigration matters.  This week we have the privilege to welcome Lovelie and her husband Vladimir to CCAI headquarters in Denver and thank her again for her wonderful work on behalf of Haitian orphans.