Haiti: US Dept of State Letter to Prospective Adoptive Parents

March 9, 2004

Notice from the U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues to Prospective Adoptive Parents

Dear Parents:

We are writing to inform you of the latest developments regarding adoptions in Haiti.

Consular functions at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince have resumed on a very limited basis. Our focus must be on American Citizen Services at this time. Regarding adoption interviews, those who had appointments that were cancelled due to the recent unrest in Haiti have priority for rescheduling, if their dossiers are complete.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office in Port Au Prince plans to resume processing of I-600s via faxes to the DHS office in Mexico City. As this system is untried, please be patient. Some time will be necessary to iron out any problems.

Many crèches have reported receipt of funds from non-governmental organizations contracted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) so that they may purchase foodstuffs and other items necessary for the welfare of their children.

Haitian government offices, including IBESR, have not yet resumed operations. We are closely monitoring that situation and will advise parents of any developments.

American Airlines has resumed service to Port Au Prince as of March 9.

The security situation in Haiti is such that we continue to advise U.S. citizens to defer travel to Haiti, and those who are currently in Haiti to leave, if they can do so safely.

We hope this information is of help. If you have further questions, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues at askci@state.gov

Sincerely,

Office of Childrens’ Issues

U.S. Department of State

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