From a memo issued by The Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues comes this update regarding various strikes within Haiti’s judicial system that impact international adoption processes.

The Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues, wishes to advise U.S. prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers of potential continued delays in the processing time to complete an adoption from Haiti due to multiple strikes within the judicial system throughout the country. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince reports that while court clerks and bailiffs have returned to work, Haiti’s judges have now announced a separate strike beginning immediately. Courts in all 18 jurisdictional districts will likely remain closed until the strike is resolved.

If you think your process might be impacted by this information, contact your adoption service provider.

Creating a Family offers our sympathies and best wishes to the prospective families affected. We stand with you in hopes that resolution to the judicial strikes be found soon.

For more information on the requirements and the process involved in adopting from Haiti, check out our 25 Factors to Consider When Adopting From Haiti.