Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Haiti Family of the Week

Hey hey, you guys! I am blown away by the generosity you have all shown to all the families this week. I thought bringing in more families might result in fewer donations, and I'm so happy I was wrong. You are my favorite people on the planet! I'm all mushy inside now.

Since we've got a new program on here I thought I'd tell you a little about it in case your in those first stages. Haiti is stinkin' beautiful. The kids are beautiful. The process is very interesting and quirky. We tried to go down this road, but it's not going to work this time, but let me tell you about it just in case it works for your family. There are three main requirements to adopt from Haiti and they are pretty strict about it. There is some buzz about laws changing, but so far that hasn't happened, so here's the current scoop.

  • Parents need to be at least 35.

  • Married at least 10 years.

  • No more than 2 biological kids.

Please keep me up to speed if any of that has changed (update: check the comments section for extra details there if you're interested in Haitian adoption policies)! I'm telling you this because they needs willing parents over there, and the qualifications are tough, so if you happen to meet that set of criteria, Haiti just might be for you. You get your referral very early in the process, shortly after finishing your home study. And then you are free to visit and bond with your child as much as you want while the legal end is being completed. Really interesting program. And the flight's not too long either. ;) So there's the scoop on Haitian adoption as understood by me. And here's our first family embarking on that journey. The Sleasmans are matched to two little sweeties. You can read more about them and their journey on their seriously informative blog. And you can donate right here. Thank you so much!

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Sleasman Adoption Video [Give 1 Save 1] from Brent Sleasman on Vimeo.

***Our running total so far is $580!***


  1. WOW - I am LOVING all of the information on their blog!

  2. Geez. We're 22 and 21 and want to adopt, like, now! It's like these people are trying to find good homes with responsible parents or something...

  3. Thanks for sharing your story. God bless you on this journey.

  4. Congratulations!!!! They are both so beautiful. I cannot express how excited I am for your family and how grateful I am for all of your support in my adoption journey. You are amazing!


  5. Thanks for sharing this exciting journey. God's blessings to you.

  6. I am actually the nurse where Dahelson and Ella live and am SO excited to see them going to such an awesome family! Just to clarify, with the current laws, you have to meet 2 out of the 3 requirements. Not sure if/when that will change. Also, dating years count as married years in most cases. Thanks for the info and support!

  7. Hooray for a COTP family! Just to clarify-- it is possible to adopt from Haiti with more than 2 bio kids. We have three bio, one adopted and are in process of adopting two more! An extra step has to happen, but it's possible.

  8. Wow so awesome makes me tear, so was it Miss Kate or Brooke that shared...we lived and worked with the mission in Haiti and I was part of the Starfish program prior to us serving in Port Au Prince. We have also visited COTP many times, blessings abound for you, the children are cared for, loved and it is a great place! We are the family for April adopting from DRC and that is a long story but wanted to send blessings and our prayers that everything will come into place for your first visit and for the fundraising! Colleen and Jussi

  9. I have a friend that is adopting from Haiti(they're actually going down there April 3rd) and they have 3 children. Just thought I would share to help the other families out. (: