Haiti: US Dept of State Update

June 7, 2004

From the US Department of State:

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ADOPTIONS IN HAITI

The Department of State is aware that many American parents are in the process of adopting children from Haiti and are naturally concerned about the current situation in that country. We want to remain in contact with adoptive families to advise them of updates to the situation in Haiti and to answer their questions.

The State Department strongly advises American citizens not to travel to Haiti at this time. The security situation in Haiti remains dangerous and unpredictable, despite progress on a peaceful political process and the presence of foreign security forces operating under a United Nations mandate. U.S. citizens are warned to defer travel to Haiti until the situation stabilizes. American citizens are urged to review the most recent Travel Warning for Haiti and to monitor the State Department’s website for further updates. The latest information on the security situation in Haiti may be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 from the U.S. and 317 472 2328 from abroad.

On Saturday, February 21, the Department ordered the departure of all non-emergency personnel and all family members from Haiti. The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section is now open, and full consular services, including immigrant visa services for orphans have resumed although staffing remains limited.

The Department of State and the United States Embassy in Port-au-Prince have also agreed to the temporary assignment of DHS/CIS personnel to Port-au-Prince at this time. One CIS officer is currently at post to assist with the DHS/CIS functions.

Adoptive families are asked to contact the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. Families may also contact the Adoption Unit in the Office of Children’s Issues.

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