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It’s our turn!!!!!!!!!

It’s finally our turn!  Our paperwork has been in Haiti all summer just waiting to be turned in to IBESR(the Haitian government agency that processes adoptions).  This is an exciting step for us because it is a big step closer to finding out who our child is and bringing her home.  So much has changed in Haiti in the last month.  It is difficult to keep up with what all the changes mean for us and our process.  On August 29th, both houses of the Haitian parliament passed new adoption laws.  These laws have been in the works for awhile, but no one knew when they would actually be passed.  These laws change A LOT about adoptions in Haiti.  According to the old law, you had to be 35 years old, married for 10 years, and have no biological children.  If you had biological children, you could adopt if the President of Haiti signed a dispensation giving you permission.  This was a common practice, but it took a LONG time to get your dispensation.  It was common to wait a year to receive a dispensation.  The new law states that you must be 30 years old, married 5 years, and you may have biological children.  This is wonderful news!!  So many more families will be eligible to adopt from Haiti.  It also means that we shouldn’t need a presidential dispensation.  This is huge.  Every step of the Haitian side of the process involves waiting, and then waiting some more.  The fact that we won’t have to wait on a dispensation means our child should be home with us much sooner. Praise the Lord!  The new adoption laws also adjust much of the adoption process in Haiti in order to make their adoption process Hague compliant.  This is wonderful news for the children of Haiti.  These safeguards assure that adoptions are necessary and ethical.  Fortunately, many of these changes have already been implemented for several months.  However, you can always expect change to slow things down when you are dealing with governments.  We will be in the first group of families to be processed under the new procedures.  This means that no one can tell us how long it will take because no one has gone before us and done it before.  Welcome to international adoption.  If you think you know what is going on, just wait a minute, it will change.  We are choosing to rejoice in the many things that are good in this and to trust God with all the things we don’t know.  He knows who our child is.  She is alive right now living somewhere in Haiti.  She is only a couple hundred miles from us right now.  We don’t know who she is yet, but God does.  I am going to put a list here of the steps that will happen up until we bring her home.  Hopefully it will give you at least a vague idea of the process.  Thanks so much for encouraging and supporting us.  We feel so blessed to have so many people who care and want to know what is going on in this crazy journey.

Steps in Haiti:

* our dossier enters IBESR

*IBESR approves our dossier

* proposal of a match by a creche

*IBESR approval of referral/Authorization of Adoption

*we will be notified of the proposed referral and have the opportunity to accept or refuse it

* Issuance of Adoption Decree

*Entry into Ministry of Interior

*Exit from Ministry of Interior

*Issuance of child’s passport

*Delivery of documents to USCIS(US Immigrations)

*Visa appointment date

*Come home!