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Unaccompanied Haitian Children

Published: August 16, 2012

When an unaccompanied Haitian child arrives in the U.S., he or she will be met by federal immigration officials. If the Department of Homeland Security determines that the child has a legal guardian (e.g., a court has issued a final adoption decree), then the child will be released to the legal guardian once all of the parties' identities and statuses have been verified.

Unaccompanied Haitian children who arrive in the U.S. and have been matched with an adoptive family prior to January 12, 2010, will be placed in the custody of the Federal government and become the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. For prospective adoptive parents who had already been matched with a "Category 2" unaccompanied Haitian child, and who were identified by an adoption service provider or facilitator as eligible for intercountry adoption prior to January 12, 2010, below please find critical information.

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