President Preval - Pardon for Biological Children:
On Thursday, January 15, 2009, President Preval had a meeting with the new IBESR director regarding the issue of families who have biological children who want to adopt in Haiti. President Preval told the IBESR director that the families should be able to adopt in Haiti even if these families have biological children. Good News for many children in Haiti & for those families who want to adopt them!
U.S. Embassy: The embassy keeps on turning down visas for adopted kids, but there is a silver lining because some families who were denied visas for their adopted kids filed their appeals with USCIS and the judge overturned the U.S. Consulate/PAP's decision. Those children now are getting their visas.
Ministry of Interior: A new step has been added to the adoption process. It appears that the Ministry of Interior does not trust the Port-au-Prince Archive office. Thus, every adoption related document that has either a half-page Archive Certification or a full-page Archive Documnet (i.e. birth certificates, death certificates, adoption decree) have to be certified by the Ministry of Justice before the adopted child's file can be signed out of MOI. In order to obtain that certification, a photocopy of the document has to be taken to the Ministry of Justice (they will not accept the original document because they do not want to lose it).
Birth, death and adoption certificates are entered into a log book, most Tribunals have two books where the certificates are logged into. Some Tribunals only have one book and at the end of the year, painfully (!) have to copy the entire book onto a second book. The one book stays at the Ministry of Justice whereas the other book goes to Archive. It is difficult enough to get an Archive done, now it is like having to do two separate Archive certifications...realistically, it can add between two weeks (if it can be found right away in the Ministry of Justice) to several months (if the book cannot be located) to the adoption process.