Haitian Adoptions and Humanitarian Parole

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced the provision of “humanitarian parole” for certain Haitian orphans.  The policy allows “orphaned children from Haiti to enter the United States temporarily on an individual basis to ensure that they receive the care they need.”   At this point, humanitarian parole is not being offered to orphans generally, but to children that have previously been documented as eligible for adoption and matched with a U.S. family for adoption.  Per DHS, humanitarian parole will be granted on a case by case basis for individuals meeting the following criteria:

  • Children who have been legally confirmed as orphans eligible for intercountry adoption by the Government of Haiti and are being adopted by U.S. citizens.
  • Children who have been previously identified by an adoption service provider or facilitator as eligible for intercountry adoption and have been matched to U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents.

A statement by DHS Secretary Napolitano indicates, “While we remain focused on family reunification in Haiti, authorizing the use of humanitarian parole for orphans who are eligible for adoption in the United States will allow them to receive the care they need here.”

More information about humanitarian parole and TPS is available at http://www.uscis.gov/ or by calling USCIS toll-free at (800) 375-5283. DHS encourages U.S. citizens with pending adoption cases in Haiti to send them detailed information about their cases to HaitianAdoptions@dhs.gov.

Here are the DHS press release and facts sheet.