Homestudy - 1-6months - This is the beginning of the process and how long it takes depends on how long parents take to collect all the paperwork like background checks, your life history and social worker visits.
Submission to IBESR, the Haitian adoption authority - this is the part that is more predictable in most countries and completely unpredictable in Haiti. Take China for example.... most adoptions that are submitted to the Chinese authorities are completed in 9-10 months. In Haiti adoptions submitted to the Haitian authorities sit in this phase for 3 months, or 10 months or 2 years.
Courts - After being released from what many of us call, the black hole, documents go through the courts to become legalized. I've seen and heard this done so many different ways that I'm really not sure what goes on except that documents are taken to several different offices for several different stamps and signatures and they all require payments and usually take from 1-6 months or longer. Yep, some people seem to be able to get all this done in a month while others drag out for 6 months or more.
MOI/Immigration - After courts documents are submitted to MOI which gives the approval for a Haitian passport to be made. Often this is the phase where many mistakes are found in the documents that require them to be redone or recreated or paid off or whatever it is that gets done to get out of MOI and get a passport. On a good day, with knowledgeable facilitators that have a lot of experience, it can take about a month to get MOI approval and a passport. Very few, if any get through this fast though. In addition to document issues there always seem to be various "issues" with the passport machine that keep them from being able to print passports. We have a large group of parents in an adoption FB group and it's always amazing to hear these stories when one family is posting excitedly about their passport being printed that day while another is being told for the 5th time that the machine is broken or out of paper or whatever other excuse they give and they will have to wait longer for theirs.
USCIS - also known as the US Embassy approval phase or i600 approval - WE ARE HERE! Well, we've partially been here since the beginning of January but I feel like I can officially say we are all the way in and now the countdown begins for our approval (or denial). This is the phase where the US embassy goes through the documents to make sure kids aren't being trafficked, documents are legal and that everything is legal so the kids can go home. This is a 2 step approval, not sure why but it is. The US gives approval and then the file is sent to the Visa office where it has to get it's final approval. There are a few cases where the kids are given i600 approval and then denied a Visa... rare, but it happens. The USCIS phase has been lasting 3-6 weeks before approvals are being sent out. I'm hoping and praying that since F's complete file has been there long past 6 weeks and they already asked for documentation to support their questions that it will not take them long to issue an approval for Wanna. I'm so excited yet so nervous. If no other issues are found and we get an approval then we will be issued a visa date which is usually 7-14 days later and we can go get them.
Soooo, you would think 4 years after meeting them and 2 years after starting the official paperwork process that we would be ready, but we're not. I kept trying to get ready but then everything happened with finding out that we were being lied to and scammed. Most of the money I raised has disappeared into the hands of our former director Heather Elyse. She not only stole most of our adoption funds, she withheld multiple documents and gave us documents that were incorrect, not complete and fraudulent. Many things I bought for our kids I had to resell to repay to get things redone. Instead of our kids spending the last year home with us like I thought they would we have spent the last year basically starting over. It's been the hardest year of my life and I'm ready to close this book and write a new one where my kids have the family they've been waiting for and the many families who have had to endure this heartache see justice done for everything that we've gone through.
I will keep you all posted. Please pray! I don't know that I can take many more delays