Things have stayed peaceful, though cars and people are literally piling on top of each other to get to a gas pump that may have some gasoline available. At most gas stations, cars and people were piling up even if no gasoline was available, in the hope that a gasoline truck would show up to refill the gas station. I did see that at one gas station today.
The new IBESR director is signing out dossiers, but if the adoptive family has any biological children (even if it is just one child), the dossier is sent for presidential dispensation. (This is the wording for the presidential pardon if somebody has bio children.) However, the person who deals with the presidential waivers is not available until next Tuesday (January 13th). Thus, I am keeping my fingers crossed for all the families waiting who have bio kids. I was told that there is not going to be any problem in obtaining the waivers.
I also asked about the rumors regarding the president not being in favor of adoptions to families who already have bio kids. I was told that this was not true. As a matter of fact, a couple of weeks ago, the president bumped into a family in the process of adopting and he walked right over to the family and their baby. He picked up the baby and started playing with him. He was very friendly and encouraging to the family. I have a photo of the president holding the baby, but I need to ask the family's permission to post this photo on my blog for privacy reasons.
Everybody is working hard in the downstairs MOI office where the interviews are conducted. However, the upstairs office is not working too smoothly. Hopefully things will be running smoother soon and that upstairs office (juritique office) will finish with dossiers and bring them to the downstairs office. There have been some changes in the way documents are supposed to be submitted to MOI (actually they have to be submitted to Immigration and they take the files over to MOI). In the past, the only documents requested were the original adoption related Haitian documents, now they want the copies of the adoptive family's i.d. and social security cards also. In the past, we just gave them the numbers and information to be entered onto the interview form. This is done now because of the continued accusations that children are being taken out of the country without a way to track where the children are going.