Dixie/Adoption News

  • IBESR News 16 June 2014

    This has been a busy week for me being my first week back in Haiti.  I also have been really tired trying to get used to the humidity and heat again!  It always take me a little while when coming back from Colorado which is about 20% humidity and coming to Haiti which is probably close to 100% humidity at times!  The difference  makes me tired for a few days.

    My trip down to IBESR went well.  Several people were out sick due what they are saying is the Chikungunya fever.  I will tell you what I was told.

    1. The IBESR adoption staff says no new official proposals have been given since December.  If anyone has received a proposal from IBESR since January 1, 2014, with the child's paperwork included and the official stamp of IBESR, would you let me know?  There are some pre-matches being given that are from the creches to the agencies but these have not been officially approved by IBESR.  We keep asking the adoption unit about proposals because we hear that there have been proposals received and they keep telling us that no official proposals have been given.  Let me know if your information is different.  An official IBESR proposals will have a letter signed by Mme Arielle Villedroin in the proposals.

    2. There seems to be a lot of indecision at IBESR.  I don't know if that is the right word, but the adoption unit staff is having a difficult time getting going on the adoptions since the lawyer who was in charge last Fall left IBESR.  For almost 6 months, IBESR has told us that they would find an agreement with Parquet and the courts  since dispensations are not required under the new law and that IBESR would sign all dossiers stuck in IBESR now that are needing dispensation.  Even the lawyers I've talked to say that every other law that is changed allows for the old law to finish before the new law to go into effect for the things in process already.  When President Martelly closed the dispensation office the dossiers already in process could not officially finish!

    3. While I was there, I saw that the secretary was working on getting dossiers ready so that biological families could go and declare in front of the children's court judge that they are releasing their children for adoption.  These are families that had been through the IIBESR interviews months ago and were told then that their children were going to be adopted soon.

    4. I truly think the problem is that the lawyer that they put in charge of the adoption unit is someone that has history of indecision or accepts changes slowly.  He also is busy with other duties in IBESR and so this is taking a long time.  I saw that the Hague representative is working in IBESR again.  They say she has been there almost 2 months now and maybe she can help to get things moving.  I just want to see some proposals coming out of IBESR!  We have children who are ready for adoption and we have dossiers sitting in IBESR!  So let's get some proposals sent out!

    5. We gave a long list of pre-matched suggestions to IBESR.  These are children already matched by the agency or ones we think would be good matches between families and children.  Hopefully, this will help get some quicker matches from IBESR.

    6. I have had 5 different people tell me that IBESR will be raising their fee to $1500 USD.  Everyone says this will not affect dossiers already in IBESR before they raise the fees. They will not raise them before publishing them in some way.  Now this might be a note on the door of IBESR, I don't know.

    I saw meetings going on and lots of comings and goings in the adoption unit but I wonder if some of the official delegations I saw are government officials asking the same questions I have?

    Sometimes it's just taking that first step and writing those first proposals to get them started!  Someone said in the office that they are afraid to do something about dispensations because they don't want to do the wrong thing!

    It is very frustrating for the creches and the agencies.  We are in limbo until IBESR decides what they are going to do and then does it.  Let's pray that we are at the end of this 6 months of indecision in the adoption office at IBESR.

  • April 2014 Adoption News

    It has been awhile since I have given everyone an update about my visits to IBESR and what is going on with adoptions. I am learning new things every time I go to IBESR about how the new procedure really works. When I think I know what is supposed to be done, they tell me something different!

    This week I learned that after the birth parents are interviewed and agree to the adoption of their child, IBESR makes an appointment with the Civil Court Judge for Adoptions and IBESR waits and takes a group of parents to sign the adoption consent. We did not know how that was going to work. We had received conflicting details from different sections of IBESR. But this is the reason it is taking longer to get proposals out to adoptive families. They do not take the birth parents to see the judge as soon as they agree to the adoption.

    I expressed my exasperation with the process and the length it is taking to just get a child ready to propose them to a family! I am estimating 6 to 10 months once a child is admitted to the orphanage before they will be proposed to a family. I am praying that will change as IBESR becomes more proficient with the new adoption process but it is going to be a long process and we need to get used to the long waits for a while.
    They are giving out proposals but it's just taking time.

    GLA only has 5 dossiers in IBESR with matches at this time. Those should be signed and done soon. This past week we had a new procedure dossier signed which was very exciting. We haven't received it yet from the agency's representative but IBESR let us know it was done! We have many family dossiers and child dossiers waiting for matches and hope those will be matched soon. We have a child for every dossier sitting in IBESR for GLA.

    We also have an appointment on 24 April for 10 birth families to be interviewed at IBESR whose children have been at IBESR at least 3 months and many for even longer. We have more birth families who need to be interviewed but they can only do 10 at a time. Please pray that we can get families to come on the 24th and go to IBESR. That is the most difficult problem we have it getting the families to IBESR for their interviews. They are not very good about coming on a set date and set time for the appointments.

  • Forms for Post Placement Reports

    These forms are for IBESR post placement reports for children who went home prior to October 2012.  We will use these forms until IBESR tells us they want something different.

    These should be yearly reports done on your child's birthday.  That seems to be the easiest time for families to remember.  Fill out the report, include 6 photos of your child, and have it translated into French before sending to GLA. 

    If you do not have a person who can translate the form, then we can have it translated here in Haiti for $50 USD.  Please send a check to the US Office or go to the Donation Button at the top of the page and send $50 via credit card or PayPal.  In the remarks tell us it's for translation of your post placement report.

    I will post these forms on the website under ADOPTION.



    Post Placement reports are so important because IBESR wants to see that they children are doing well as well. This helps reinforce to IBESR that adoption can be the right choice for some of these children who are unable to return to their birth families.  The reports are a joy for us, our staff, and the birth families to see and enjoy.  I cannot tell you how happy birth families are to get a photo of the children and to know they are happy and well.

    So please, send reports.  Probably 90% of biological families return to GLA asking for news at some point.  It is nice to be able to give them some sort of report or photo of the children.


  • IBESR Post Placement Policy 2013

    I just recently found out that all post placement reports for children whose adoptions have been completed since October 2012 must follow the below schedule. IBESR put this schedule into place in September/October 2012 and are now requiring it to be implemented. The post placement reports must be given to IBESR for 8 years after placement of the child with the family. This is not a policy, it is Haitian law.

    Post Placement Reporting Schedule:

    • 6 months after the child is placed in the home there must be a report done by a social worker.
    • 12 months after placement a report must be done by a social worker.
    • 18 months after placement a report must be done by a social worker.
    • 24 months after placement a report must be done by a social worker.
    • 36 months (3 years) after placement a report can done by the family.
    • 48 months (4 years) after placement a report can be done by the family.
    • 60 months (5 years) after placement a report can be done by the family.
    • 72 months (6 years) after placement a report can be done by the family.
    • 84 months (7 years) after placement a report can be done by the family.
    • 96 months (8 years) after placement a report can be done by the family.

    So according to this IBESR will need 4 post placement reports done by a social worker and 6 reports put together by the family. This may change but at this time, IBESR is only requiring the first 4 post placement reports to be done by the social worker/agency.

    Documents required in the post placement reports for the next 8 years:

    1. A medical report by your doctor
    2. School report card or if in preschool a report telling how they are doing
    3. Psychological report (I’m not sure what they want with this. I’m trying to find out more. I think they are just wanting to know psychologically how the child is adjusting)
    4. Social Evaluation by social worker (after the first 2 years, then my understanding is that the family can write up a little history on changes in the family, the child's life, the child's development, and just general information about how the child is doing.)
  • New 2013 Haitian Adoption Law

    The 2013 Haitian Adoption Law has passed both the House of Deputies and the Senate in Haiti.  It is set to go into effect at the end of November or first of December. 

    The new law will be much different than the present law.  It is a totally new and more current law.  The old law was developed in the 1970's and had never truly been updated.  It said that couple must have been married at least 10 years, be 35 years old, and have no biological children.  A law like this was antiquated and limited the number of people who could easily adopt from Haiti.

    The new law is much more progressive.  There are things in this law that we don't especially like but it is so much better than the old law that we are very happy that it's passed!

    Here are some of the points of the new law:

    • Adoption can be requested jointly by a married and not legally separated heterosexual couple, after five (5) years of marriage and when one of the spouses is at least thirty (30) years old.
    • Applications from single men and women aged at least thirty-five (35) years of age are accepted.
    • The age of the adoptive parents may not exceed fifty (50) years for the older of the two (2) spouses or a single parent at the time of a referral of a child.
    • Adoptive parents must be fourteen (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 (8) years old or older.
    • Both parents must be able to come to Haiti for 2 weeks after a child's referral. This is a requirement of the law.
    • Priority placements will be given to heterosexual couples.

    These new requirements will open Haitian adoptions up to so many more families than ever before!  It will close the adoptions to others such as couple where one of the couple is older than 50 years old.  That makes me sad but I am so happy over the changes that I can live with the upper age limits.

    There will be an Adoption Conference between IBESR, Justice Department, Immigration Department, Mayors, Lawyers, Orphanages, Foreign Affairs, Judges, etc., on 25, 26, and 27 of November.  I am very excited to hear what they have to say and how the government departments will work together to make the process faster and smoother so that the children do not have to sit for such long times in the orphanages.

    We have waited a very long time for the government to pass a new law and I cannot tell you how are happy we all are that finally it is passed and ready to be implemented! 

  • New Web Site

    This will be a new and improved Adoption News page! We will start off with fresh and current news and I will do my best to keep you up to date on the changes in the world of International Adoptions in Haiti!

    -Dixie Bickel, Director and Co-Founder of GLA

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