And Life in Haiti Goes On...

Everything listed under: Adoptions

  • What has been happening at GLA?

    Hi!  It's been a month since I've written a blog post.  So much has happened and I apologize for not being able to just sit down and let you know about it all. News from Fort Jacques First let me tell you about what has taken place since the break in at Fort Jacques.  We have hired a security company to provide guards 24/7.  This has given the staff and children a feeling of security that they needed.  Four of the foreign staff have had a chance to travel out of Haiti an...

  • A Wonderful Surprise Visit!

    Just after the Christmas Holiday, we received a surprise visit from Rocky and Marla MUNRO who live in Alberta, Canada.  They had adopted two children in 1999 named Tia and Jean Nixon (Tyrone).  Tia is now 17 years old and in her last year of high school.  She says she would like to be a nurse. Tyrone is in grade 10.  Then in 2010, they were in the process of adopting Moustapha (Izak) and Melissa (Isla) when the earthquake struck.  The children were evacuated to Canada sh...

  • The Rest of the Story....

    I will see if I can remember a few of the other things that was spoken about at the meeting.  Diana Boni, an agency director for Haiti, told me some things that I missed.  I said I must have been spaced out during that conversation because I did not remember it at all!  LOL  A committee at IBESR will make the matches of the children and families.  The director of the orphanage where the child they are matching is living will be on this committee.  I did not hear thi...

  • Meeting at US Embassy on International Adoption and the Hague

    Sorry that it has taken me this long to give you a report about the meeting on Thursday. I was exhausted by the time I arrived back at the orphanage late in the afternoon. I had to go to the market for food and also work on some things in my office.

  • Adoption News, Container News, and Sponsorship News!

     Thought I would give some random updates here today!  Sorry the Adoption News is so long!  Warning there is a lot of ! marks in my blog today because I'm passionate about these things!!! LOL  DONATE Now  Container News The container of food and orphanage supplies was packed on Monday is now on it's way to Haiti!  It was an all day effort and thankfully a lot of volunteers and staff were in Colorado getting it all sorted and packed so that every available inch of th...

  • More dossiers released by IBESR for the Children's Court

    Yesterday we received 17 dossiers from IBESR for our abandoned children to be taken to the Children's Court so they can be signed by the mayor and then be proposed to families. We already have 4 dossiers down there waiting to be finished so the biological parents can come and sign them. They are have been there at least 6 weeks but having trouble getting them signed.

  • Beauty from Ashes: An Eyewitness Account of Haiti’s Tragic Earthquake

    Beauty From Ashes is a book written by Melanie Wright Zeeb. Melanie at the time of the 2010 earthquake was living and working in Haiti as the GLA update coordinator.   Melanie contacted me a couple of years ago and told me that she was writing a book about what happened in Haiti and at GLA during and after the earthquake.

  • IBESR Visit July 31

    I woke up today not feeling 100% and ended up being sick on the way down the mountain and while at IBESR.  But we got some good news while we were there!  IBESR handed us 4 children's dossiers to take to the Children's Judge with the birth parents for the final signature needed to make sure the children are legally adoptable.  This signature is the severance of the parental rights of the birth parents.  We have been waiting for them to hand us some of these dossiers for the l...

  • We are moving the Toddlers to Fort Jacques in November! Teams/Volunteers Needed!

    VOLUNTEER We have one opening that just became available for a volunteer from September 29 through October 13.  If you are interested in coming to volunteer for two weeks please contact volunteers@glahaiti.org or call 719-638-4348. TEAMS We have one opening for a team from August 18 through 25.  If you have a team ready or know of others who would like to come with you for a week to work at GLA, please contact us. We are also looking for some teams or volunteers to come and help us get...

  • News from IBESR and Another Dossier Released!

    Slowly, we are getting the dossiers out of IBESR.  Magaly did not tell me last night, but she received another dossier that has been waiting months for just one signature! For the 6 remaining families, I know that it seems like it will never happen, but the 4 dossiers that have been released in the last week show us that with perseverance you too will overcome that hurdle called IBESR! Those of you who are my friends on Facebook have read my mini posts about the frustrations of dealing with...

  • Good News from IBESR on Tuesday 14 January

    I have had a very busy day and almost forgot to blog about my meeting at IBESR! The last few meetings I have had  I think have been very positive. GLA dossiers that have been stuck in dispensation for months on end have been moved to the Director's office and we are now waiting on the director's signature.  I think this is a big step forward and on Thursday I will find out if the director has signed them yet or not.

  • Tuesday's Meeting with the Director of IBESR

    I feel like our meeting on Tuesday with Mme Arielle Villedrouin went very well.  I feel like she really listened to us and is going to try and help us find solutions to a few concerns that we have.  I have been trying to get an appointment to see her since October.  It is impossible to get a confirmed appointment!  At the IBESR meeting last week, I was able to ask her directly about getting an appointment and she gave me one right there and then! I wanted to talk to her about...

  • New Adoption Law Published Today!

    At noon today, IBESR said the new adoption law would be published next week, but I just received word that it seems it was published late this afternoon!  What good news!  Haiti's new Adoption law with its new age limits and no limit on biological children already in the family, is in affect! What wonderful news and we have fought for this law for about 6 years!  Hurray!

  • Meeting Today with IBESR about Adoption

    I had a meeting this morning with the new adoption section of IBESR and wanted us to come and talk about matching some of the children with families whose dossiers have been put into IBESR by an agency.  This is the second time we've been there for matching and have found there are a couple of glitches in their system! The matches that we talked about 2 weeks ago still have not been sent out!  IBESR is sending them to the agency's representative in Haiti who then must scan and send via...

  • IBESR Meeting about Matching Children

    Friday, IBESR invited 6 crèche directors to a meeting about how they are going to start matching children with families.  All 6 crèches have dossiers at IBESR waiting to be matched with children and they want us to start sending them dossiers. IBESR had sent us an email at the end of May giving us the long list of documents for the children’s dossier that they needed.  But we did not want to send a dossier down to IBESR before they have decided if the child is eligible for adoption. Th...