FIRST, I WANT TO SAY…DO NOT PANIC! WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS YET FOR US IN HAITI AND AT THIS POINT IT IS ONLY SPECULATION OF HOW THIS WILL AFFECT ADOPTIONS IN PROCESS AND IN THE FUTURE. AS SOON AS I HAVE MORE INFORMATION, I WILL POST IT.
I just received this from Mrs. Diana Boni, co-chair of the Haiti caucus of the Joint Council of International Children’s Services in the USA.
This is from the Hague Conference on Private International Law located in the Netherlands.
I am pleased to inform you that Mr Guillaume (Lawyer - Project Manager, IBESR) and UNICEF have confirmed that the Haitian Parliament approved the Decree for the ratification of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption yesterday, Monday 11 June 2012. However, for the ratification to take effect at an international level and to consider Haiti as a State Party to the Convention, Haiti must deposit its instrument of ratification before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (the depository). The date of entry into force of the Convention will be the first day of the month following the expiration of three months after the deposit the instrument of ratification.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has been designated as the Central Authority.
UNICEF informed the Permanent Bureau that the President of the National Assembly promised the inclusion of the approval of the Draft law on Adoptions into the legislative agenda in the following two weeks. The new challenge will be to ensure that the new Draft law is in accordance with the 1993 Hague Convention.
After speaking to Diana, we all agree that this ratification was inevitable. There was no sense worrying about it before it happened, so I tried to leave it in God’s hands. I have enough to worry about with all of the things happening at GLA!
Our new director of IBESR is a very intelligent and competent woman. She is right now, trying to reform IBESR and how it handles dossiers. I am praying that by the time IBESR reopens in August that a plan is in place to work with Hague policies and that approved policies are in place.
I am trying to look at this as a positive step into the future for Haiti and a protective measure for children as long as the Haitian government will comply with all of the Hague recommendations.
Posted on Tue, June 12, 2012