So much has gone on in the last month that I am sure I will not remember it all.  There were times in the last month when we had so much work that we didn’t know if we would get it all done or not!  Thankfully by working some really long days, all of the staff pulled together to meet our deadline of September 15th!

Now, for those of you who don’t see my Facebook postings, IBESR told us that we could put dossiers for adoption into IBESR using the present criteria until September 15th.  After that date, IBESR would close for 2 weeks.  On October 1st, IBESR will reopen with new guidelines and policies.

We proposed children to 35 families from August 16th through September 15th.  That is a lot of proposals in 1 month!  Most of the proposals happened about 10 days prior to the deadline because we were waiting for some psychological exams before we could propose the children. 

That many proposals causes a lot of paperwork.  Office staff that usually is responsible for other areas of GLA were making photocopies and doing other adoption work, while Melissa put the dossiers together and ready for IBESR.  I was writing up and sending proposals.  Magaly was running to IBESR trying to get paperwork that was needed.  That had to be one of the most frustrating things was waiting for IBESR to give us paperwork for some of the kids.  They were either busy or the people that needed to sign wasn’t there to sign!

During this time period, IBESR also made deadlines for all of the orphanages to renew their license and they added requirements too!  This week, I will finally have it all ready to turn in to IBESER.  Tomorrow, I will assemble the notebook with the yearly report for the orphanage.  When we turn it into IBESR, our paperwork will be 2 feet high!  It fills a medium sized cardboard box.  It is crazy!

I would love to be there when all of the orphanage directors start bringing their renewal paperwork into the office at IBESR!  If every orphanage assembles all of the paperwork that is in the instructions that IBESR sent us, every renewal is going to be a HUGE amount of paperwork.  Once I have it all together, I’ll be sure and take a photo.

There is a meeting on Tuesday morning (tomorrow) at 9 AM between IBESR and the orphanage directors who are authorized to do adoptions.  Please keep us in your prayers on Tuesday!


2012-09-20 20.35.51Frantina is doing very well.  It has been over a month since we returned to Haiti.  Frantina is walking alone, talking so much in both English and Creole, and is a much happier child since she isn’t hurting anymore!  We did not realize how much pain she was in due to her neck.  She is like a different, happier child and is a joy to have with us now.

Her paperwork is out of the courts now and she will be going home in the next few months.  It is really going to be difficult to watch her parents walk away with her.  We all have formed such a bond with her, but then another part of me will be so happy to know she is in a country where medical care is easily available and she will be with a family that loves her very much.

She is so smart.  She saw me one day using an emery cube to file a nail.  Last night, she went and found the cube and gave me a manicure and pedicure!  She was very serious about it the whole time, too!


cheryl 1Cheryl Vanderwell and Caitlin Perkin are both RN’s and are here to help get medications sorted, straightened, and just help us know what all we have in our pharmacy!  They are doing a great job and have thrown away so many expired meds that just keep being shoved to the back of the cabinets.

Already, things are acheryl little easier to find.  When we received our new pharmacy cabinets, we had people here who put things them as straight as  they could.  But over time, I’ve found what seems to work for us and what doesn’t and now Cheryl and Caitlin are putting everything in a way that allows us to find things easily without having to go searching for the things we use on a routine basis.

Stephanie Alexander RN came for two weeks to work in our NICU and to also help clean and straighten our medical storage room where all medical supplies and baby supplies are kept.  It has been wonderful having her here to help especially since we just received another preemie before she arrived.

I can’t express how much these women have helped me by cleaning and straightening our pharmacy and medical depot.  Thank you so much!

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Holly Mahnke wrote:
Oh how we will be praying for the meeting tomorrow!!! We have a vested interest in what IBESR sets as guidelines so that our dossier can be submitted! We will pray for better guidelines that streamline the process. Thank you for all your hard work, Dixie and staff!!

Mon, September 24, 2012 @ 9:20 PM

2. Michelle Johnson wrote:
Thank you is not adequate, Dixie and staff! God gave you all the strength and perseverance to do amazing things over the last month. He loves those precious children even more than we do and He is making a way for them to be part of a family. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

Mon, September 24, 2012 @ 9:33 PM

3. Sam Shrefler wrote:
Thank you so much for the updates! It's a huge help for us. Have you heard anything about the new policies starting October. Specifically, I'm wondering if they are going to change the required age to 30 and the number or years married to 5? Thanks again!

Mon, September 24, 2012 @ 10:06 PM

4. Kimberly Garner wrote:
We are praying very hard here for all of you, and for IBESR to understand that there are so many families out here who want to love one of those children as their own. Our dossier is with the Haitian Embassy right now, and we are hoping that all these timelines and hurdles will all work out for the best.

Tue, September 25, 2012 @ 1:31 AM

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