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  1. Lydia says:

    Have you been happy with your agency? Would you reccomend them?

    Is the changeover in Haitian laws the cause of your delays?

    Is there anything that can be done to speed up an adoption from Haiti? Tips.

    Thank you. Of all the blogs I have read trying to gather info; yours has melted my heart as well has been so informational.

    • Hi Lydia! Thank you for visiting our family’s page! I have scoured Haiti adoption blogs for the past 3 years trying to glean information from others who have been there before – so what you’re doing is fantastic (and so normal!) 🙂 We are with America World Adoption – and in short – we love them and would use them 100 times over. We recommend them to other potential families all the time! When you ask for agency recommendations you’ll always find a few at each agency who have had a really rough go, a rough process, especially in Haitian adoptions. We know a few families specifically who just have endured a super difficult and lengthy process (even longer than ours) and there is really no explanation that justifies it all. We are considered “old process”, meaning that prior to early 2016 all families were on what’s called an i-600 (its the type of immigration paperwork you file with USCIS) most families with current i-600’s were grandfathered into the system and allowed to stay i-600. A portion of them were also asked to switch to the new format, the i-800 which all new families will file. This switch between the two has definitely caused an uproar – mostly because up until this point, there has been no order whatsoever with cases processed in Haiti. There is no line, no queue, no “I was here first”, so there have been families waiting three years for a referral who still don’t have one, and other families who only waited 8 months and are already home. Beginning in December 2016, the IBESR put a new matching committee in place that is freshly committed to processing files and assigning referrals in order – adoptive families across the nation are praying this will be followed-through! All that to say, there are some new laws that did not affect wait times, there are others that I believe, have. There are many other things that affect wait times more – these would be frequent lengthy vacations, an abundance of observed holidays, and staffing issues. The bottom line is, once your dossier is on Haitian soil, it is virtually out of your hands as an adoptive family. You should expect 24-36 months for a referral once your dossier has been logged in, and if it is less than that – you can do a happy dance! 🙂
      I would say the most important thing for any agency when trying to decide is “do they have feet-on-the-ground in Haiti?” Meaning, does this agency have an in-country representative that can visit IBESR and all other appointments daily? This ability is KEY to getting anything done. The second question I would ask is, “How many families have come home in the past year? How many have come home in the past 4-6 months?” And, ask for family references. You want to talk to someone who is either in it, or who has come home (or both!) and get their honest opinion about working with the agency.
      Another question for an agency would be “How much of the work do you do for me, and what will I be expected to do myself?” I have seen so many posts about families saying “where do I have to go for this lawyer appointment in Port-au-Prince?” “What documents do I need to submit for such-and-such?” These are things that your agency should take care of for you. Our agency has people in-country that are our representatives and go to every meeting, every court date, file all your paperwork, etc. They also give us detailed instructions every step of the way as far as what documents are required, what is our responsibility to do, etc. We have LOVED the communication, even if we don’t always like the “nope, haven’t heard anything yet” answer. The staff there pray over their families, we get bi-weekly updates to the whole Haiti program on happenings for the week – like how many referrals received, how many decrees, families home, any new news or policy changes in Haiti, etc. We have loved it. I’m not sure on program fees, how they compare. My guess is that AWAA is slightly higher than others – but we have been well cared for and have never felt like we could have had a better go at a different agency.
      I would say the only thing that you can do to speed up the process is on the Dossier end, and always be planning for the next financial installment so that you’re not stuck unable to send in a check and move forward. There are many “milestones” that also match up with a fee installment due. For example, for our agency, as soon as you accept your referral, your next installment is due in order to move forward. I’m sure some agencies do it differently, but there is never any fee that you won’t know of up front, either.
      I know this is a really long answer – if you would like to chat on the phone, please email me and I’ll connect with you – happy to answer whatever I can! lcmcgreevey@gmail.com
      Blessings!
      Laura

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