Adoption Timeline

12/5/12 – Sent adoption application to Lifeline Children’s Services in Birmingham, AL

12/11/12 – Application accepted by Lifeline!

12/28/12 – Fingerprinted for background checks

1/2/13 – Mailed orientation paperwork and first agency fee to Lifeline. Mailed fingerprint cards and background check paperwork to SBCN (Security Biometrics Clearing Network)

1/4/13 – One-hour orientation phone call with Lifeline. (1st home study interview)

1/11/13 – Second home study interview. (In our home)

1/14/13 – Released the adoption song Kevin wrote (Love Collides) as a fundraiser

2/7/13 – Third home study interview. (In our home. Individual interviews. Layla at 9:30am, Kevin at 11:00am)

2/13/13 – Physicals at our doctor’s office

3/22/13 – Fourth and fifth home study interviews. (At the Lifeline Children’s Services office in Birmingham, AL)

3/22-3/23/13 – Crossings seminar at Lifeline Children’s Services office

4/30/13 – Switched to Lifeline’s Haiti program

6/24/13 – Finished home study!

7/2/13 – Mailed our I-600A form

7/9/13 – One hour phone call with the International Adoption Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama

7/17/13 – Psychological evaluations in Montgomery, Alabama

8/13/13 – Biometric fingerprint appointment in Birmingham, Alabama

9/6/13 – Spent this day getting our paperwork authenticate at the county and state levels

9/9/13 – All paperwork sent to Haitian Consulate in Miami, Florida to get authenticated at the national level

9/20/13 – Dossier arrived at Three Angels Children’s Relief in Haiti

11/25/13 – Dossier submitted into Haiti’s adoption system! (Entered IBESR)

12/11/13 – The dossier of a 2 year old boy was accepted into IBESR along with ours

2/14/14 – Referral letter from IBESR is ready to go, but (as of this week) we must receive a Consentment letter before traveling for our 2-week socialization trip. :-/

4/4/14 – Received information about our son via email from Lifeline. It included 3 photos, a little info about how he ended up at Three Angels, how he’s doing developmentally and some medical information

5/23/14 – Received our Consentment letter which states our son is legally adoptable

9/24/14 – Received word that our son’s paperwork has been accepted by the (recently appointed) Judge of the (newly created) Children’s Court

11/13/14 – Received word that the Judge has called the Mayor of our son’s district (Delmas). They both need to sign his paperwork before it will be released back to IBESR so that we can get our referral letter

12/29/14 – Judge and Mayor have both signed our son’s paperwork

1/30/15 – Received word that our referral letter is ready for pick up

2/13/15 – Received word that our referral letter has been picked up by Lifeline’s rep in Haiti

2/17/15 – Received our referral letter!

2/18/15 – Booked our two-week socialization trip

2/21/15 – Flew to Haiti to meet our Sonny! 

3/4/15 – Appointment at the US Embassy in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

3/5/15 – Observed/interviewed by a Haitian social worker employed by IBESR

3/7/15 – Flew home to Alabama

5/2015 Central Authority delivered authorization for the adoption based on the Haitian social workers evaluation report.

6/24-15 – 6/27/15 – Bonding trip #2 (of 3)

7/30/15 – Sweet P’s Authorization is printed

________- Sweet P’s Authorization is signed

_______ – Exit IBESR (Haitian Social Services)

______ – Parquet Court
The Parquet court ‘step’ is actually a very complex series of steps and processes involving multiple offices and repeated trips between them.

      1. Attorney addresses a Request for Judgment to the Chief Justice of Parquet Court
      2. Birth parents are interviewed in Parquet Court (depending upon the district)
      3. Parquet Court signs off on “approval judgement for adoption”
      4. Facilitator takes approval to DGI for stamp of authorization
      5. Back to Parquet for enforcement of the approval judgement
      6. Authorization and redaction from the Civil Registrar Officer for legal Adoption Decree
      7. Verification in Parquet of the adoption documents by the Civil Registrar before signing the adoption decree
      8. First Legalization of the Adoption Decree, in Parquet Court
      9. Second Legalization of the Adoption Decree, at the Ministry of Justice
      10. Third Legalization of the Adoption Decree, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
      11. Obtain attestation of Adoption Decree from the National Archives

_______ – Adoption Decree (3) steps– 1st legalization: Parquet Court, 2nd Legalization: Ministry of Justice, 3rd legalization: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Sweet P becomes a Palmer!)

_______ – MOI– Ministry of Interior. All adoption passports must go through the Ministry of the Interior for approval before Immigration will print the passport. In order to obtain authorization to request a passport, the following documents must be submitted for each child:

            1. Four passport sized pictures
            2. Birth Certificate
            3. Attestation for the Birth Certificate
            4. Extract from the National Archives for the Birth Certificate
            5. Relinquishment
            6. Proces Verbal of adoption
            7. Adoption approval judgement
            8. Adoption Decree
            9. Attestation of the Adoption Decree
            10. Power of Attorney for creche director and/or attorney
            11. Stamp from DGI
            12. Notary letter for the passport
            13. Identification card of facilitator and/or attorney on the case
            14. Biological parents’ identification cards
            15. Adoptive parents’ MOI form, identification, and passport photos

The Ministry of Interior will grant authorization to submit the dossier to Haitian Immigrations for a passport.

________ – I-600 provisional approval

________ – Medical exam of Sweet P by US Embassy approved doctor

________ – Passport printing phase: Dossier in Haitian Immigration waiting for the passport to be printed.

________ – Final I-600 App

________ – US Visa App (3-4 weeks?)

________ – Exit Letter

________ – Travel to USA (Gotcha Day!)