After being gone so much from the orphanage in the last few months, I wanted to sit face to face with the lawyer today and find out what is happening with dispensations and other things going on in IBESR. We met at a hotel in Petion-Ville to sit together and share information. I was very pleased with the things I heard.
1. She showed me a list of 59 dossiers that have been given dispensation at the end of last week. They were all signed by the President’s office and then sent to the Moniteur to be published. We had 4 children on this list. This is such a relief! Although, one of the children on the list has not been there very long and the others have been there since before last summer! It is crazy the way they choose and pick.
2. She also had the names of 4 other children who will be out on the next list. So things are moving in the Dispensation office!
3. We have been having trouble with IBESR telling us dispensations were given for two children but we could not find them in the Moniteurs. We have a subscription to the Moniteur and get them weekly in a bundle. So the lawyer is looking into this problem. She has already found one that was missing and is searching for the other.
4. The people who receive dossiers in IBESR does not always read the information well before sending them off for dispensation. We have a dossier where the couple has an adopted child and their dossier has sat in IBESR for several months. I have been asking about it since December and have been told that all was okay and not to worry. I sent the lawyer a message every month since and she goes to IBESR and they told her we must just be patient and wait. Finally, last week, they told her they made an error and sent it for dispensation. They are changing this and will work on it to see that it is signed quickly. When so many hands touch the dossiers, it is very easy to have problems like this and it is so difficult to find out exactly what kind of problem we are trying to solve! This is just one of the frustrating parts of adoption paperwork in Haiti.
5. Judge Casimir has been replaced in the Civil Court and is no longer in charge of adoptions. A new judge, Raymond Michel, is now the adoption judge and we do not know yet what he will require from Adoptive families. He will decide If he wants to see adoptive parents or not. I will let you know more information when I get it.
6. RUMOR is that Madame President Martelly was at IBESR last week talking to the staff about orphanages and adoptions. Let us pray that this was a positive step.
I just wanted to share with you the good news that dispensations are moving. It may take a while for the dispensations to be printed in the Moniteur, but once they are then we can start having families come to Haiti to appear in front of their judges.
Posted on Wed, March 21, 2012