Thursday, August 16, 2012

IBESR Reopens!

IBSER is once again accepting new adoption dossiers today, August 16th, 2012.  Good news!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Decree from IBESR

In a decree dated August 10th, IBESR announced that it will accept dossiers prepared between May and July of this year between the dates of August 15th and September 15th.  The new process and policies will be implemented on October first.  International adoption agencies will be allowed to submit their applications for approval on September 1st.

ABI has had a lot of calls regarding approval of international adoption agencies, and requests for us to take over cases where the dossier has not yet been submitted. 

It is important to note that at this point no foreign adoption agency, including ABI, has been approved to work in Haiti.  It would be highly unethical at this time for any agency to accept adoptive families who were already attempting to adopt independently under the assumption that they will be licensed.  IBESR has yet to make a decision about which agencies it will choose.  Families who were attempting independent adoptions should consider waiting to approach an agency for assistance until the successful candidates are announced by IBESR.

We would like to thank Sonia Andre and Margarette Saint-Fleur for providing us with the decree, and professional translator Isabelle Gallemaert for translating it overnight.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

IBESR Reopening Delayed

Yesterday Margarette went to IBESR again to inquire about when she would be allowed to submit our new adoption dossiers. She was told by the secretary of the Director of IBESR that she thinks they might not accept new dossiers until September. This is very vague and frustrating news for all of us. The Haitian Crèche Directors’ Association is scheduled to meet on August 9th to discuss the proposed new regulations, after which they will schedule a group meeting with IBESR.
It would appear from both their words and their actions that IBESR remains committed to keeping Haitian adoptions open and improving the safety, ethics, and transparency of the process. Now, if only we could get a DATE when they will reopen…

We will continue to keep you informed with any firsthand information we receive.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

IBESR has not reopened

Unfortunately IBESR was not accepting new adoption dossiers yesterday or today.  IBESR staff was unable to tell our Haitian partners exactly what day they do plan to officially reopen and accept new adoption dossiers.