Saturday, February 26, 2011
Someone called me yesterday to talk about adoption lawyers and if I could refer them to a couple of good lawyers. This person had been doing some “private” adoptions for American families and the lawyer she was using was becoming “difficult” and she was considering changing lawyers.
It was the news she told me after we talked about lawyers that got me excited! She said that from IBESR to Passport was taking her about 8 months! I find that SO exciting! Wow! We haven’t had adoptions here in Haiti that have taken less than a year for the last 4 years or more! Haitian adoptions have just taken longer and longer and it was trend that just has been happening in the last 10 years.
Since we have just recently had dossiers go into IBESR, we do not know how long it will take for an adoption to finish. Now, I have a time line that I can push our lawyer to meet! If another lawyer can do up to the passport in 8 months, then I expect our lawyer to do the same or even less!
For me, this is such exciting news! If we can get adoptions finished in less than a year, families and children will be so blessed! Babies might still be babies and older children will spend less time in an orphanage setting.
Please pray with us that this will continue and children will go home to their “forever” families quickly!
Kyanne: It had been over a year that we were trying to figure out a name for our daughter and the day after my dad passed away, we were on vacation in D.R. and the name just came to us and we both knew that the tought came from a higher level and someone watching over us and her.
Berline: I went to see my sister in law last night with the pictures and she thought that we had picked Berline for her name. When I explained that it was the name given by her birth Mother, she said we thought it was you because Ber ( Bernice, who was my step-daughters mother’s name who is now looking over us with my dad. I am confident that she had it all planned out with my dad and the rest of our Guardian Angles and Guides.) Line (my mom is Noëlline) so the Name Berline is once again as meaningful as Kyanne.
So to get back to my ‘How can you love someone so much and you have never even met them!’ I can tell you that I was not ready that day to say, I’m Berline’s mommy. It was all too much and I was too excited to play out some scenarios. We just left to get our proposal. That was it... As soon as we saw her beautiful smile and healthy rolls on her arms LOL, we knew she was ours. That evening, it I was just processing the idea that she was my daughter but it was just all in my thoughts. The next day when we signed the acceptance letter and Elaine told me it was already sent to Dixie, I then felt a warm fuzzy feeling that this was the moment that I am now a mother and I have responsibility for this little girl. We have picture of her everywhere in the house and we just sit and stare at her pictures. I can feel her in my heart. Now till it’s time to bring her home, I’m going to live in the moment... try to study (was not able to do any of that this week). I have lots of things to keep me busy so I have confidence that Kyanne Berline Cormier will be home with us sooner that we expect it! This is going to change our lifestyle for a much better one! We are both committed to this and are ready to give her love and guide her as she grows up to be the person she chooses to be. She will have many doors of opportunity waiting for her.
Friday, February 25, 2011
So please send positive energy to Kyanne Berline Cormier and lets all make her dossier pass all these steps quickly so we can have her home.
1. Arrival – Completed Dossier arrives in Haiti at the orphanage. We review it to ensure all the required documents are present and legalized by the Haitian embassy in the originating country. (Time is approximately two days.)
2. Legalization at the Minister of Foreign Affairs – Completed We prepare the dossier for legalization at the Minister of Foreign Affairs office. They legalize the signature of the Haitian Consular Officer who legalized the dossier at the foreign Haitian Embassy in the originating country. (Time is approximately two to four weeks.)
3. Waiting for a referral – Completed Once the dossier is legalized, we hold it until a proposal is ready for the family. (Time varies, based on requested age, gender, length of waiting list, etc.)
4. Referral – In Progress The referral is sent to the family, private adoption agency or government authority. The family responds with questions or acceptance of the referral. Upon acceptance, we prepare the dossier for IBESR and send it to the lawyer. (Time is approximately one to two months, but will vary if any documents are difficult to obtain, such as a death certificate from another district.)
5. Lawyer and social histoire – The histoire social (a combined social history of the child and the adoptive family) is prepared for the dossier as we are preparing the dossier for IBESR or when the lawyer receives the dossier. The lawyer reviews the dossier to ensure it meets legal requirements. (Time varies from one to three weeks.)
6. IBESR (Institut du Bien-Etre Social et de Recherches) – Haitian social services reviews the dossier and gives approval for the adoption. (Time varies from three to six months, but could be longer if you need a Presidential dispense.) If you have biological children, a dispensations from the Haitian President will be required. This can take 3-6 months. You need to be aware of this as you go into the adoption process.
7. Parquet – After approval at IBESR, we prepare the dossier for Parquet (District Attorney). (Time varies from one to six months)
8. Courts – Once the adoption is approved by Parquet, the court papers are prepared for the finalization of the Haitian legal component of the adoption process. (Time is approximately two to four weeks.
9. Attestation signature (National Archives) – The National Archives of Haiti issue a paper to state that the signature on the act of adoption corresponds with the signature of the authorized party who signed it. (Essentially, this is a legalization of the signature.) (Time is one to 2 weeks.)
10. Legalization at the Minister of Justice – All of the Haitian legal papers must be legalized by the Minister of Justice. (Time is approximately two to four weeks.)
11. Legalization at the Minister of Foreign Affairs– Legalizing the signature of the Minister of Justice. (Time is approximately two to four weeks.)
12. Passport – The passport process actually involves a two step study of the application by the Minister of Interior’s office, and then finalization and printing at the Immigration Department. (Time is approximately three to four months.)
13. Final review and visa application – After the passport is issued, all of the paperwork is reviewed and any errors are corrected before the dossier is given to the required authority for the child’s visa. Minor errors do not cause a problem in the process of the adoption, but some countries will not issue a visa for small errors. The visa process and timeframe varies widely by country, and for the United States and Canada, some paperwork is completed by GLA and/or the family prior to this point. At this point, the remaining visa process takes approximately:
a. Canada: one week
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
When we received our proposal, there were 20 pictures and 4 video clips included. This is so precious. We’ll have souvenirs for our little Kyanne of when she was little.
Here she is in action... the one and only Kyanne aka Berline @ GLA.
Check this out… we haven’t even met yet and she is already into Yoga like her mommy! I know that we’re going to make a great team.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
When we got home, Nicole and Renée, my stepdaughters came by to meet their little sister. As Nicole looked at the first picture, she recognized Berline instantly. Nicole had gone to the orphanage during Christmas for a week and she spent some time with Berline. I remember when she came home, she said she fell in love with a little girl... well little did she knew that it was going to be her sister! That is so special. Nicole already held, hugged and kissed her little sister.
Meet the newest member of our family!!!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tonight, as I am currently studying I just felt like checking Dixie’s blog for the 10th time probably today. And to my surprise... This is part of her blog. I really want to scream and jump up and down but my husband is sleeping... I think I am going to wake him up... he deserves to know as well.
Here it is: I need families who want to adopt children from the Toddler House and not just babies! It has been a long time since I did not have a waiting list of families whose dossiers were here at GLA waiting for a proposal. Everyone that is on my list now, has a baby scheduled to proposed to them and they are sitting on my desk. I just need a quiet day so I can do them all in the same day! Hopefully, tomorrow, I can get 2 or 3 more proposals done and make some families very happy!
What does she mean make some familes very happy!!! I am just freeking out right now!
Please continue to pray hard for our little Kyanna to come home.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
This was on Dixie's post (GLA) last week "We have 34 children needing adoptive families. We have only 6 dossiers completed and in Haiti. We are looking for Christian Families to adopt these children! " Happy happy… we are 1 of the 6 dossiers.
An adoptive mother that is on the GLA Yahoo group emailed me this week saying:"Dixie said that she hoped to offer referrals within the next week or so, as she is just getting paperwork together. " I've never had 2 good adoption news in a row so this was really exceptional.
As I have just stated 2 good news in a row is not the norm so on the same day that I got the news that Dixie was preparing paperwork to send out referrals, I found out that NB had CLOSED ADOPTIONS IN HAITI as of January 14, 2011. As you can imagine, I sort of flipped out. I will tell you the short version of this little episode… Our NB Representative for Adoptions assured me that we would still get our referral. I was so scared because Dixie had posted on her blog a while back that a couple would not be getting their referral because their Country had closed adoptions as well for the time being. I felt so bad for them. I cannot imagine what they are going through.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
It is really nice to be receiving more children in the last month. Our halls have been pretty empty lately. I had to let three more nannies go from the TH because they only had 18 children! They are now up to 21 children! Slowly but surely we are receiving more children for adoption. I think we have 36 children right now for adoption with no adoptive family designated for the child! We are working as fast as we can to get their paperwork together and ready for adoption.
GOOD NEWS! We received a signed dossier from IBESR!! It only took about one month, YES, I said ONE MONTH, to get it signed! That is a miracle in itself! Someone in Luxembourg is going to be a very happy mama tonight to know she is one step closer to getting her child home!”
So basically this means that things are looking good to get a referral and that the Haitian Government is faster at processing documents then before the earthquake!!!!