Tuesday, September 25, 2012

IBESR Meeting

Today IBESR hosted a large meeting for all of the creche directors to discuss the new procedures.  I was quite surprised at the size of the gathering-there must have been 90 people.  It was held at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Work (MAST) in a large and air conditioned room.  We had an onscreen presentation, cordless microphones, and it was all in all a very well organized and managed meeting.

There was a great deal of discussion, but I will present a few key points here.  Please note that the meeting was unfortunately conducted in French, so I personally understood only about every fourth word and had to rely on translations for the rest. Therefore, I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information I am about to present.

1. Extension of deadlines: IBESR will accept dossiers under the existing policies until October 31st.

2. The new policies will come into effect on November 3rd. There will be one final meeting, in which the directors may participate, before the policies are finalized.

3. IBESR and the President are in fact aware that the current Haitian law, which authorizes only simple adoptions, is in conflict with the Hague Convention. At present the legal ratification of the Hague Convention is on the President's desk, awaiting his signature. After that, it will still need to be printed in Le Moniteur to become law in Haiti.

4. The GOH is aware that the new law must pass before the Hague Convention comes into effect or other Hague nations will close adoptions from Haiti for their citizens.
M. Andolphe Guillaume, chief attorney for IBESR stated that they will announce which organizations will be accredited "soon", but no specific date was given.

All in all, the meeting was highly organized and I left feeling optimistic about Haiti and the Hague. The government seems well warned about possible backlash from premature Hague ratification, and in my personal opinion the current IBESR administration is both intelligent and conscientious.

Fingers crossed!


  1. Thank you so much for the information! Did you hear anything about possible changes to Haitian Law regarding age to adopt, years married, or number of biological children? Do you have any idea of waivers will be available with the new policies?

    Thanks again!

  2. Mme. Villedrouin stated in the meeting that the law will be presented to the Senate again in October. I am unable to accurately quote the last draft I saw, nor can I guarantee that no changes have been made to the proposed law. However, I can state that no version I have seen has limited the number of biological children a family may have, and no version has authorized waivers under any circumstances. Lalwa se lalwa!

    We will all have to wait and see if the new law is in fact approved and passed. It has been a very long time coming.

  3. You are on top of this! Thank you for the update, Diana. I look forward to speaking with you when you return to the U.S. to discuss our situation with the older boys we'd like to adopt. Safe travels.
    Amanda Rhomberg

  4. I am also curious about length of marriage. Your website states dispensations will no longer be given for length of marriage- but our agency tells us we should be fine- we have only been married 8 years and have no infertility- in fact we have three biological children??? Unsure about what to do- we have not yet sent in our dossier and wonder if Haiti is not the right fit for our family.

    1. Presidential Dispensations are specifically for families with biological children. There is no legal provision for Dipsensation for a shorter marriaged. Haitian law requires that couples have cohabitated for at least ten years. IBESR has accepted several families for our agency with a combination of seven or more years of marriage with a letter of cohabitation.

      The new law, in any version I have seen, is much more lenient about years of marriage and youger families.

  5. Diana- Thank you so much for your response. However, I guess I am still slightly confused by you mentioning that this is much more lenient about years of marriage- do you mean because you can now be married only seven years as long as you have co-habitated for ten years?
    Again, thanks so much for your response!

    1. The new law requires fewer years of marriage than the current law. It is the current law that requires ten years of cohabitation/marriage.

  6. How are you notified regarding IBESR? We turned all our information over in July and have heard nothing. How will we know if we made it through by this cut off date?

  7. Your facilitator in Haiti should notify you of your status. IBESR does not directly communicate with adoptive families.