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.