Monday, November 25, 2013

IBESR Issues First Referral Approvals Under the New Adoption Policies

She may have a family soon - no wonder she's smiling!
The following message is reprinted from a message sent to other Haitian adoption agencies with permission from the Kate Dodson of  All God's Children International:

"AGCI received our first official referral match from IBESR for a child living at our partner home Rivers of Hope.

Our first group of birth parents were invited to attend at a meeting at IBESR in the end of August. In early October our representative was notified to attended a meeting at IBESR where she discussed possible matches for children in the relinquishment process. Our representative reported that it was a very positive meeting and that IBESR was very receptive to her input on referral matches. 

Last week our representative received a phone call from IBESR stating that we have an official referral. IBESR handed us the official match document.

The family now has 15 days to submit a written response of acceptance to IBESR. Once that is complete we anticipate receiving travel dates and information for the family."


Thank you, Kate, for sharing such good news for waiting adoptive families all around the world, and far more importantly, waiting children in Haiti!

Waiting at the orphanage

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Help HAITI Act of 2010 Sunset Date (December 9, 2013)

The last day for families of children who entered the US on Humanitarian Parole following the earthquake to begin their path to citizenship under the auspices of the Help Haiti Act is fast approaching.  Any HP family who has not completed their child's citizenship process should do so immediately to protect their child's rights to citizenship!

The following is a message from the Department of Homeland Security:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the upcoming sunset date for the Help HAITI Act of 2010 and provide families of paroled Haitian orphans with information about filing for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.

On December 9, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Help Haitian Adoptees Immediately to Integrate Act of 2010 (Help HAITI Act of 2010). This law made it possible for certain Haitian orphans paroled into the United States to become LPRs and obtain Green Cards. The Help HAITI ACT adjustment of status provision expires Monday, December 9, 2013.

For more information on the Help HAITI Act, please visit the Green Card Through the Help HAITI Act of 2010 page on www.uscis.gov.

To Register for this Session:
Please visit our registration page to confirm your participation. Be sure to provide your full name and organization by following these steps:

  1. Enter your email address and select “Submit”
  2. Select “Subscriber Preferences”
  3. Select the “Event Registration” tab
  4. Complete the questions and select “submit”

Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details.

You are encouraged to submit agenda items before the teleconference. You may do so on the event registration page or by emailing us at public.engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.
  
If you have any questions about the registration process, or if you have not received a confirmation email within two business days, please email us at Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.

We look forward to engaging with you!

Monday, November 18, 2013

A New Adoption Law for Haiti

On November 15th, 2013, Le Moniteur noted the publication of the New Adoption Law for Haiti.  We hope to have a complete text copy of the new law within a week or two.  We will update our new law translation as needed to reflect any changes.

It is the opinion of many adoption professionals who have reviewed the law that the Department of State is highly likely to evaluate Haiti's new adoption law and procedures as Hague compliant.  

This new law has been a long time coming, but we believe it is a huge step forward in the protection of the rights of all three members of the adoption triad.  Our thanks and praise to all of those who worked so hard to bring change and progress to Haitian adoptions!