Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about School Sponsorship
Question : Can we visit the child?
Answer : Yes! It brings such joy. Please do come visit.
Question : Do we get a photo and how often are they updated?
Answer : Yes you do get a photo. We try to update them annually, mostly during the Holidays.
Question : Do we get a report on how they are doing at school?
Answer : Yes we will send for any sponsors a report for every quarter.
Question : Can we keep in contact with them after they finish schooling, providing both parties agree?
Answer : Absolutely!
Question : What does the USD $30 pay for?
Answer : Your money for your child pays for two meals a day, school uniforms, health care and , school fees and school supplies.
Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
Question : Do you need volunteers?
Answer : Yes. FEJ relies heavily on the assistance provided by volunteers both in Haiti and in the US, Canada and Europe. For more details check out our Volunteer page (link to volunteer page).
Question : Can I volunteer from my home, without travelling to Haiti?
Answer : There are many ways that you can assist FEJ, and we welcome your help wherever you live. Please start by filling out the online volunteer application here: (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dDBodi1xdWxpaVZ...)
Question : Can I travel to Haiti to volunteer with FEJ?
Answer : FEJ has a variety of volunteer needs ranging from general construction to medical and education professionals. As long as your interest and skills match FEJ's needs, then you and/or your group is welcome to work with us. FEJ has many years of experience hosting volunteers so you can expect a smooth and rewarding trip if you volunteer with FEJ. To learn more, visit our Volunteer page (link to volunteer page).
Question: Do I need to speak Creole to volunteer in Haiti with FEJ?
Answer : No. Many of the FEJ staff speak English; but it is always a good idea to try to learn a few basic words and phrases prior to your trip. We have a volunteer manual that provides some basics. If your volunteer role requires the use of an interpreter, FEJ can help make arrangement to have an interpreter available.
Question : I have never traveled to another country before, how will I know what to expect?
Answer : Our volunteer coordinator will work with you and provide you with a detailed guidebook that will answer most of your questions about the trip. Most new visitors find the experience richly rewarding.
Question : What about transportation, housing and food while volunteering in Haiti?
Answer : FEJ staff will pick you up at the airport in Port au Prince and bring you to FEJ's facilities. FEJ provides comfortable guest rooms as well as meals for the volunteers. While FEJ deeply appreciates the fact that volunteers are giving their time to help, we do need to charge a fee to cover the costs associated with providing these services. The volunteer coordinator will work with you to determine the fees for your visit.
Frequently Asked Questions about Crèche Enfant Jésus (CEJ) Adoption Program
Question: If I am interested in adopting a child or children from CEJ what are the first steps?
Answer: You must contact one of the Hague approved agencies working with CEJ to receive information about the adoption process.
Question: What are the criteria for adopting from CEJ?
- A married and not legally separated heterosexual couple can request adoption jointly, after five years of marriage and when one of the spouses is at least 30 years old or 5 years of cohabitation.
- Applications from single men and women aged at least 35 years of age are accepted.
- The age of the adoptive parents may not exceed 50 years at the time their dossier is submitted to IBERS.
- Both adoptive parents must be at least 14 years older than the child they intend to adopt.
- Biological and adopted children in the home are acceptable.
- If the adoptive parents already have biological or adopted children, the children must give their opinion if they are eight years old or older.
- Both parents must be able to come to Haiti for two weeks after a child's referral. This is a requirement of the law.
- During this time, the two weeks of socialization period the families have an opportunity to interact and bond with their adopted child.
Question: What are some important things we should know about adopting in Haiti?
- IBESR (Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de la Recherche - Haitian Social Services) SAYS THAT THEY WILL NOT ALLOW ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE ABOVE CRITERIA.
- IBESR will give priority to married couples when deciding to propose children and to adoption of special need children.
- All families when sending their dossiers to Haiti will be put on a waiting list until IBESR decides that the family matches a child who is available for adoption.
- IBESR does not allow same-sex couples to adopt.
- The Haitian government requires families to travel to Haiti twice during the adoption process. Once at the time of the child referral by IBESR and then at the end of the process to take your children home.
- The adoptive family must send the post adoption report for the child adopted.
Question: How long will the adoption process take?
Answer: Each adoption is unique and the time is difficult to forecast. At this time January 2015 from dossier submission at IBERS to matching it is taking 6 months or more. From the matching phase to authorization phase it is taking 6 months ,from the authorization phase to passport phase 6 months, from the embassy to visa phase 2months.