Friday, April 26, 2013

IBESR Rumors

Some of you may have heard that IBESR officials are stating that IBESR will accept certain dossiers either outside of the quota or under the old policies. We are aware that IBESR has in fact made this statement. The first public announcement that this action was under consideration was made on April 3rd during a meeting with Mme.Villedrouin, the Director of IBESR, and a leadership committee of the Haitian Crèche Directors’ Association. At that meeting, Mme. Villedrouin stated that IBESR would email the crèche directors with the details. This has not occurred.

Additional reliable people have since reported to ABI that IBESR personnel continue to state that some dossiers will be accepted above and beyond the quota. However, IBESR has yet to issue a written statement or any details regarding the additional dossiers. We do not know how many may be submitted, what the criteria are for their acceptance of those dossiers, or when (or if) the submissions might occur.
Here are things that we do NOT know yet:
Which additional dossiers will be accepted – those in Haiti before a certain date? Only those allied with IBESR accredited agencies/currently re-licensed crèches?
  • When will these dossiers be allowed – for two days next week? For an unspecified period of time?
  • How dossiers many will be accepted – five per crèche? Five per agency? ALL of them that arrived in Haiti between October 31st and January 15th? All dossiers that are currently in country?
  • We have no idea whether dossiers of families adopting independently with no agency will be accepted (not the problem of anyone receiving this email).
  • We have no idea whether any of this at all will come to pass!
At this point, there is much more that we don’t know than that we do. We will keep you updated as we learn factual information regarding the situation.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pou AYITI, Mon Amour

The following post is a gift from an adoptive mother who has served as a full-time NGO staff member in Haiti:

Lost in the meandering roads of Pacot, one would have never thought to find an orphanage hidden behind high brick walls. Behind the white gate you could hear the voices of crying children anxiously waiting for their needs to be met. With grave anticipation, I knocked on the door afraid of what awaited me.

One year before, I encountered several orphanages that should have been condemned even before the earthquake for their festering smell and worn out shelters that needed one more minor earthquake to finally collapse. Its children were such mournful creatures that stared at you in bewilderment wondering your purpose for visiting. My boss was crazy to even think that we could improve the sanitation of these orphanages. Now looking back, I had no eyes for compassion, but only disgust for the conditions before me.

I looked at the silent child who had been handed to my care and thought, “Lord, when this door opens, I am going to change the life of this child for better or for worse.” No sooner had my heart plunged into dismay, a friendly hand and a kind voice opened the white painted metal door and ushered us in. I looked around me flabbergasted at how clean and orderly the place was. The white building stood firm and welcoming and it matched the demeanor of its mistress. She kindly showed me around and I was greeted by curious children and kind caregivers. God truly answered my prayers the night before when I asked him for surety that my child would be left in safe hands. The ambience of this orphanage had assured me and I left Ayiti with a calm heart.

When I returned again seven months later in Ayiti, a country of love and turmoil, I was amazed by the devotion that Madame Sonia put into the direction and running of her orphanage. Her assistant, Madame Michelle’s kindness especially warms the heart and sways you that God's little ones are in good hands. Although she chatters away quickly in Creole leaving you lost in translation of what she said on her previous sentence, the kindness of her eyes and the touch of her gentle hands reassures you that she has your child's best interest at heart. The caregivers are no less important as they take every moment to make each child feel a sense of importance and security. The whitewashed building of Au Bonheur des Enfants and its sanitized smell comforts you that infectious diseases are not welcomed there. Melissa's ability to now read and the quick smile that one can sometimes steal on her face, show that she is loved and cared for. Though her quiet behavior and sadness at times makes you wonder, "Lord, what has happened to this child that has taken her speech away," God in turns reminds you; "My child, I have brought you here for this very purpose to see my love, for my love covers all." I left Ayiti in peace knowing that my Adonai has everything in the palm of his hands and Melissa will soon join me and together, we shall celebrate her homecoming in joy and laughter.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Good News for Argentinian Families!

The new IBESR policies require that all adoptive families work with an IBESR accredited agency in their home country.  Unfortunately, this left the families of Argentina with no options as no agency was accredited in their country.

Yesterday, IBESR announced the accreditation of Asociación por nuestra infancia de Argentina to assist with Haitian adoptions for Argentinean citizens.

Thank you to Margarette Saint Fleur and Mar Grayner for your tenacity in ensuring that the valuable resource of Argentinean homes are not denied to Haitian children in need of permanency!

Hola a todos y todas,

Ayer por la tarde, hora haitiana, APNI (Asociación por nuestra infancia de Argentina) fue acreditada por el IBESR para colaborar en la adopción de menores haitianos por parte de familias argentinas.

Ha sido un largo camino que empezamos hace más de un año (en Haití) y que por fin a concluido con éxito.

Damos las gracias a todos los que nos han ayudado a que esto fuera posible, a todos los que han creído en nosotros, a todos los que nos han escuchado cuando todo parecía perdido. Habéis sido muchos y por ello también estamos agradecidos, contar con gente como vosotros a nuestro lado es emocionante.

Nuestra alegría es seguir ayudando a los niños de Haití en los orfanatos y escuelas.

Un abrazo a todos,

Laura Gómez y Mar Granyer

Directoras de APNI Internacional

Salut à tous et toutes,

Hier par l'après-midi, une heure haïtienne, APNI (l'Association notre enfance de l'Argentine) a été accrédité par l'IBESR pour collaborer dans l'adoption de mineurs haïtiens de la part des familles argentines.

C'était un long chemin que nous commençons fait plus d'un an, (en Haïti), et qu'enfin à fini avec succès.

Nous remercions tous ceux qui nous ont aidé à que cela était possible, à tous ceux qu'il existe le confiant dans nous, à tous ceux qui nous ont écoutés quand tout semblait perdu. Vous avez été beaucoup et par cela nous sommes aussi remerciés, raconter des gens comme vous à notre côté il est émouvant.

Notre joie est de continuer d'aider les enfants de la Haïti en orphelinats et écoles.

Une embrassade à tous,

Laura Gómez y Mar Granyer

Directoras de APNI Internacional

Hello everybody,

Yesterday on the evening, Haitian hour, APNI (Association for our infancy of Argentina) was accredited by the IBESR to collaborate in the adoption of Haitian minors on the part of Argentine families.

It has been a long way that we begin more than one year ago, (in Haiti), and that finally to concluded successfully.

We want to give thanks to all those who have helped us to that this was possible, to all those who have believed in us, to all those who have listened to us when everything seemed to be lost. You have been a great many people and for it also we are grateful, to have people as you to our side it is exciting.

Our happiness is to continue helping the children of Haiti in the orphanages and schools.

Love from,

Laura Gómez y Mar Granyer

Directoras de APNI Internacional