For those of you who are STUCK:
I'm not promising you they will still happen but I'm letting you know there is a chance that you may get one last opportunity to revisit the option of completing your adoption. If nothing else you can share your story so that the group of leaders in Haiti who are taking the time to listen right now will be able to really see what families have and continue to go through with the process the way it is.
If you haven't seen the blog from Micheal Robison, who has been meeting with the former Prime Minister aboutstrageties to help the “stuck” cases in IBESR, take a minute to read about it and please, please consider filling out the survey as soon as possible. I had a great talk with Michael last night and his goal is to help the around 1800 or so dossiers under Old Law, get approval to move out of IBESR with a special team of workers who will have the resources to push them through the system, legally, but without facing many of the traditional holdups. We are hopeful that this initiative will also include cases that were never in IBESR but evidence proves that your dossier has been with a lawyer or director in Haiti and they have misled you to believe your case was in IBESR or simply took your money and sat on your file after exiting IBESR. Cases that have been sitting in IBESR and were rejected for being incomplete or cases that no one would help with after you were scammed will also all be considered when working out a way to make these adoptions right. Families, if you've been STUCK in the process, especially those stuck in IBESR, you have NOTHING TO LOSE by trying.
For those of you who have CONCERNS or FEARS:
If you’re worried that your lawyer or director will be upset for filling out the form then that in itself is a good reason to fill it out. Why are you afraid of the person processing your adoption? If this project works then your lawyer won’t be in charge of your file anymore and you will be able to have some peace of mind about your file and where it is and what is being done with it because it will be done by an experienced team that will communicating with families involved. This also is not an attempt to go after anyone processing or to scrutinize the files to see who screwed up where. If files have been sitting in IBESR for 18+ then there are too many issues to get distracted with and the focus needs to be and will be on how to move forward with those adoptions. Legitimate agencies and directors are probably skeptical of this and if they’ve worked in Haiti for long then it’s probably a legitimate skepticism, however, if they are unable to get your dossier out after all this time then they should be happy to help if this works out.
Those of you under the new law are probably stressing out now too thinking that this is going to create issues for your cases and maybe there will be some slight delays while these files are moved out but overall this will be better for the new law families too because if a dedicated team is brought in or established to focus on the old cases then the office can focus on the new law cases and get a process streamlined for those. This will also eliminate random distractions in the office with the old law cases and will clear up the TONS of files just laying around in stacks. Believe me, the less clutter the less likely your file will get “lost” or misplaced in one of those stacks.
For those of you who want to HELP:
If you have a heart or passion for Haiti or Haiti adoptions, please consider helping. I have been moderating a Facebook group for over 4 years where I have worked with, helped, cried with and mourned with more families than I can even keep up with any more because of the issues they've faced in their adoptions. It breaks my heart and I could sit here and be pessimistic and think that nothing is every going to work or fix the Haiti Adoption process but if I believe that and I do nothing then I know it will never be fixed. Thankfully I'm an optimist and I believe that there are leaders in Haiti who care about these children and their future and I believe there are people who care about these families who are sacrificing so much to try to provide a home for the child(ren) they've fallen in love with. I also believe that there are people out there who can't adopt but know how important adoption can be so to those people I ask, what can you do? Here's some more information on Michael and how to become a donor.