February 11, 2009
Joint Council is proud to present its Standards of Practice for Haiti. These Standards are designed for orphanages and Adoption Service Providers who demonstrate that they meet these highest standards of practice. The Standards can be found here.
The U.S. Consular General hosted a signing ceremony for the Joint Council Standards of Practice at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in February, 2009. Representatives from Adoption Service Providers and Haitian Crèches signed the Standards after remarks from the U.S. Consular, Joint Council’s Tom DiFilipo, and UNICEF. Witnessing the signing and joining in the following reception were Consular Officers from France, Canada and Switzerland.
The signing of the Standards represents an important step in Joint Council’s ongoing efforts to ensure that best practices and ethical conduct are utilized when serving children through intercountry adoption. The Standards were developed through collaboration with the Joint Council Haiti Caucus, Haitian crèches and orphanages and with input from other key stakeholders.
The event will be followed by trainings on various elements of the Standards and collaboration with the French and U.S. governments in support of Haiti’s passage of the new adoption law.