Haiti's social services, IBESR now takes the responsibility to match us with adoptable children. This procedure remains very new with many people wondering how it will work. Right now on a Facebook group for people adopting from Haiti I've only heard of folks who were already matched being rematched by IBESR.
IBESR Procedure Explained is a blog written by the folks at a creche near Port-au-Prince.
The big changes come from wanting only children who meet the criteria for adoption to be matched with new families. The Haitian families will meet more than once with the authorities along with a psychologist to make sure they understand and agree to place their children for adoption. New changes for children who's family abandon them, mothers disappear or are mentally handicapped.
What I think this would mean for our family [keeping in mind that things can change rapidly and that ultimately the Lord remains in charge]:
- We will need to receive dispensation [Once the new law is published in the Moniteur Journal then dispensation will no longer be required.] before matching with our children. As noted in the blog hundreds if not thousands of charts remain to be signed by the president for dispensation-some have been waiting for over a year at this stage.
- While this may increase our waiting time prior to receiving a refurral it should shorten up the time between matching and our children coming home. From what I understand from adoptive parents the wait becomes much harder once you have a name and face so this will be better.
- Our children may come from other locations from Haiti not just the creche that our agency works with in Northern Haiti. They did say that if we do not have a family who is a match for the children we bring to IBESR, then IBESR will notify other agencies to ask if they have families who are matches for the children.
- Good matches being a priority not how long a dossier has been waiting: this may speed up our process. They asked us to please bring all handicapped children, children with medical needs, older children, sibling groups, and abandoned children. They want to try to place these children first.
- Once we agree to referral we will need to spend a couple weeks at the creche getting to know our children including a few hours being observed by a social worker. They are working to try to connect this visit with the first civil court visit.
Encouraged with these comments about the IBESR staff "They seem to have a handle on how to implement the new procedure." "very organized and I was very impressed." " I was very happy that they are willing to approve matches already made by the agencies and the crèches. They said since this is the transition period, they are being more lenient." "Over all, we came away feeling, like after a year of trying to find out how the new procedure will work, we now have some idea of the actual procedure and how we can work with IBESR to make the matches go quicker and smoother. "
- Dispensations to be signed or the new law published. [If the new law is signed and means that all the old cases no longer need the president to sign a huge load of dossiers will become active cases all at once!]
- IBESR staff. Not only implementing the new procedure but also working on all of the cases already in the system.
- Legal staff as they decide new procedures for abandoned children. IBESR has changed some requirements for children whose mothers have disappeared or are mentally handicapped and they can not sign for the child to be adopted. The adoption lawyers and the IBESR lawyers are arguing over the correct procedures and the interpretation of the law.
- Additional staff responsibilities with home visits, education of parents, observing families/children during the 2 week visits.....
- Communication with the creches. Making the 'good' matches with new families.
- Those still stuck in the system or adjusting to failed adoptions.
- For our children and their family as they meet with the social workers, sign away their rights and work through these hard, life changing discussions. For the creche and staff who will provide the initial care for our children.