Okay everyone - most of you don't know what "IBESR" is, but it's the bottomless pit we've been stuck in for over 1 1/2 years with our adoption, and last night we got word that yesterday we were FINALLY signed out!!
I get lots of questions about the adoption process and why it takes so long. Here's a summary - we're through #9.
1 We receive your homestudy 1-8 weeks
and you are proposed a child
2 Family sends a notarized, translated, authenticated and 2 weeks
Haitian consulate stamped POA - to begin children dossier
3 Dossier arrives in Haiti at the orphanage Haiti Process starts
4 We prepare it for legalization at the Minister of 2 weeks
Foreign Affairs office. They legalize the signature
of the Haitian Consular Officer that legalized the
dossier at the Haitian Embassy in US or Canada
5 Once dossier is returned it is prepared for the Nat. 2-3 weeks
Office of Social Welfare (IBESR) & sent to our lawyer
6 The social history of child is prepared (dossier). If family 4-8 weeks
has sent POA then there will not be any additional time
7 Dossier is deposited in IBESR. 8-24 weeks
*Note: 500-1000 dossiers from various countries
are in the queue at this office at any given time.
Each dossier is a file of about 200 pages, which has to be
carefully read and approved.
8 Dossier is approved by IBESR
9 Family encouraged to travel to
I600 paperwork in person - saves time at pickup.
10 Paperwork sent to Agency from Creche:
Child Birth Certif, Relinquishment Paper, Adopt Decree
11 Dossier is sent to Parquet - courts 4-8 weeks
Birth parents must appear at court
12 Dossier is approved by Parquet
13 Courts - Second Legalization 2 - 4 weeks
a. Once the dossier is released from the Parquet, the dossier comes back to us. The court papers are typed and turned in to court for the finalization of the adoption process.
b. Attestation of the signature on the act of adoption. This is when Archives in
c. Legalization at the Minister of justice department. Papers must be legalized here for all countries, saying that the signature is the legal signature of the Judges involved on ALL papers.
d. Legalization at the Minister of Foreign affairs.
14 Dossier enters Minister of Interior 4- 8 weeks
There are 3 departments which the dossier must pass
15 Dossier is signed out of MOI
16 Files sent to Passport office for printing of the 1-2 weeks
17 Passports issued - reviewed for accuracy sent to USCIS 1-3 weeks
18 “At the same time that the passport application is in the
works, the U.S. Immigration process must be complete:”
a. an INS appointmnet is made
b. birthparents must be present for USCIS interview 2 weeks
19 Visa application is filed, and appointment in Haiti
to receive the visa is scheduled. 1-2 weeks
20 You are ready to come to