IBESR meeting with the Association Delegates….

I know a lot of people have been waiting for this information and I just returned from downtown and found the email.  So here is the report of the meeting:

1. The New Adoption Law:

It was not discussed because it is still being looked at and changed.  I do know that it was on the agenda for the Senate to look at today!  I was told that they will be looking at the law that the Deputies already voted on.  I hope that is true even if it does need some changes, surely they won’t change everything!

2. Treatment of the dossier in IBESR:

Director said that it will not take more than 2 months to sign a dossier.

An employee will be designated to contact the orphanages if necessary corrections need to be done or if any dossiers are missing documents. Right now, they sit and wait for someone to pass by and find there needs to be corrections.

The orphanages can pass by IBESR two days per week (Monday and Wednesday) to check on their dossiers.

The Director wants to receive reports from adoptive parents about how the children are doing post adoption for 5 years.  She wants it to talk about how the child is developing, adapting, a report card if they are in school, and 6 photos.  The directors of each orphanage is responsible to turn these reports into IBESR.


A presidential dispensation is required for all dossiers where the adopting parents have one or more biological children.

IBESR has started looking at/treating the dossiers again and will be signing them again.

All of the orphanages doing adoptions must send IBESR a list of their dossiers in IBESR,which are sitting in Presidential Dispensations with the name, IBESR number as soon as possible so that these lists can be communicated to the President’s office of Dispensations.

4. Number of years married, age of the adoptive families, and process verbal, etc:

Under the law of 1974, all couples must have been married at least 10 years.

The Director of IBESR proposes to meet with the IBESR personnel concerning:

a. Allowing couples who are infertile or sterile and can prove it medically to adopt if they have been married 5 years

b. For couples married 5 years but have lived together for 5 years and have a certificate “de vie commune (co-habitation)” to adopt..

The Process Verbal not to be required for the dossier to go to IBESR (right now, we have to make 2 process verbal.  One where I represent my parents and then that is removed and replaced with the one the parents sign after they come to Haiti to see the judge)

d.Before putting a dossier into IBESR, every orphanage must take the biological parents to IBESR to have adoption explained to them.  IBESR will be open two days per week for seeing biological parents.  IBESR is developing a form for this purpose at this time.

e. IBESR is rebuilding their archives where they can store the adoption dossiers.

f. IBESR will give the Association a list of all licensed creches (adopting agencies) in Haiti.  We are hoping this will help us contact more creches to get them to be part of the Association and be more involved in adoption activities.

5. Cost of processing the dossiers by IBESR:

IBESR will probably be raising their fees to treat a dossier to as much as $500 USD per dossier.  This cost will depend on many factors. (to me this is not a bad thing, although it probably will force our lawyers to raise their fees since they pay IBESR out of their funds.)

These are the highlights and are from the report just sent to me.  Sounds like it was a very good meeting.  Have a good weekend!

9 comments (Add your own)

1. April wrote:
No changes on the horizon for the age of the adoptive parents?

Fri, January 20, 2012 @ 8:29 PM

2. Kelly D aka Dizneluver 8(:-D wrote:
Praying that the right thing will be done as we all help the kids find their forever families!!! XXOXOXOXO

Fri, January 20, 2012 @ 9:44 PM

3. Kristin Schell wrote:
This is encouraging news. We are praying for you as you match children with families :) Praying that it will be smooth sailing through ISESR for all families involved.

Fri, January 20, 2012 @ 10:11 PM

4. Kimberly G wrote:
Dixie, does this mean that the Deputies DID vote on changing the number of years of marriage, and that the Senate just has to vote on it now? If so, would it be worth starting the adoption process, as the Senate vote re the number of years being married will be changed to five,and that right now, it's just a formality we are waiting to change, so to speak? I have been married over five years, but we did not live together for five years prior. If the Deputies passed the new law, and the Senate is likely to vote it in right away, should we get started?

Sat, January 21, 2012 @ 12:31 AM

5. Kimberly G wrote:
Sorry for the second email. My husband wants me to ask for clarification on point b. He thinks that the "but" might be incorrect. He thinks it was meant to read "or", as point a is stating only five years of marriage. Thanks.

Sat, January 21, 2012 @ 12:47 AM

6. Hope Lee wrote:
We are in the process. We've been approved for Haiti and are now waiting on our homestudy. We have gotten alot of different answers regarding an approximate time frame. We feel God has already gotten our children picked out and it will all happen in His time. Praying for all the families and children waiting to be united!

Sat, January 21, 2012 @ 12:49 AM

7. Lora Benson wrote:
We just mailed out our adoption application yesterday! Praying the new law will allow our family of five to adopt from GLA in Haiti.

Sat, January 21, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

8. Shannon Haugh wrote:
Sounds like some good news from the meeting=) Thanks for the update. My dossier is almost to GLA =) It is at the Haitian Consulate right now and I am working with Bethany Christian Services and they will send it when it gets back. I have been and will continue to pray for the adoption process in Haiti. Shannon

Sun, January 22, 2012 @ 12:04 AM

9. Ijeva wrote:
We don't know anything about adoption but are prayerfully starting to consider it. We have 3 sons (11,10 and 7) and have been married almost 14 years. How many children are you allowed to have at home in order to adopt from Haiti? I didn't think adoptions from Haiti were possible anymore, so it is nice to hear they are still happening.

Mon, January 23, 2012 @ 2:52 PM

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