The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Monday that a new humanitarian parole policy allowing orphaned children from Haiti to enter the United States temporarily on an individual basis will be implemented immediately. Three key groups will be targeted during the policy:
- 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.
- Under applicable laws, unaccompanied minors entering the country without a parent or legal guardian are subject to special procedures regarding their custody and care. DHS coordinates with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement on the cases of these unaccompanied minors.
DHS is encouraging U.S. citizens with pending adoption cases in Haiti to send detailed information about their cases to HaitianAdoptions@dhs.gov.
For more information, see the Press Release.