We met with the Minister of Social Affairs. Wasn’t sure what to expect, so I had prepared myself for a guy that talked a lot and did nothing. The opposite was true. Liked him. He told us the matter would be dealt with today. Now sweet talking, that’s just the way it would be. The meeting took all of 15 minutes and we walked out and I felt slightly not sure if I should put any confidence in things. I think it took longer for us to get out of the parking lot than it had to meet with the man.

He told us to head over to IBESR to see if the director was in. If she was we were to call him and let him know so he could talk to her because she didn’t take his call when we were in his office. She was there. She was in a meeting, so we waited and and soon as she was done we basically cornered her. She acted like she didn’t remember us, which, after the issues that have arisen from our particular case, isn’t possible. We explained our case, once again, and told her we had just come from meeting with the Minister of Social Affairs and that he was wanting to talk to her about why our papers hadn’t been signed. I handed over a copy of our dossier so she could see it, again, and she went on and on about some other things. Chris got annoyed and went out to the street to get our friend to call the Minister again so he could talk to her directly. While he was gone she kept talking. I finally just stood in front of her, stared down and her and basically glared. Didn’t say anything, just stared. Then I grabbed a chair and sat in front of her. There was no way I was going anywhere. After a couple of minutes she asked someone to look in the ledger to see if the dossier had been signed. Sure enough the ledger said it had been. She put in a call for someone to walk down to the records room with me to get the file. They checked our number in the computer. It verified that the dossier has all signatures. The ledger down in that room verified that it has all signatures. BUT, we couldn’t get it ourselves because we didn’t have the receipt that is given when the dossier enters. It’s in the hands of our orphanage, so someone can pick it up later this week. At least that’s the plan.

We have the signatures. IBESR has approved our file. They have said that we can be Olivia’s parents and she can be our daughter – legally.

I’m feeling a ton of mixed emotions. I’m elated, but hesitant. I think I’ll be completely elated once I know the dossier is in hand.

I will be completely honest here too and admit that it was satisfying to see the director angry that we had just come from a meeting with the Minister of Social Affairs because she knew we had gone over her head and that she was in hot water for playing around. It was satisfying to stand in front of her and just stare at her and let her know that I wasn’t moving from that spot until she did something, and to see her realize that. I know that we won’t be absolutely in the clear until the dossier is in hand, but I am already feeling a very deep satisfaction in the fact that we paid no bribes and had no ‘extra’ documents to submit that were ridiculous in order to get through this part of the process. We had to fight for it, but we’ve done this ethically and kept our principles, principles that are so important to us. It was also satisfying to hear the Minister of Social Affairs say that if he found out anyone asked us for money they would be fired immediately, and to see that he was serious.

Thank you for all of the prayers you have sent our way. Please keep it up, we’re not done yet. When we get the dossier the next step is to submit it to the court system (Parquet) for the Adoption Decree to be drawn up and it to be completely legalized. From there it goes back to IBESR to be registered in their records, and then to MOI – the Minister of the Interior so Olivia’s Haitian passport can be made.

We’ll keep you posted!


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I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

9 thoughts on “Progress?

  1. yeah for some sort of progress!! We’ll continue to pray that things will continue to advance through the system and we will continue to pray until Olivia’s adoption is final and you can all travel together as a family!!!

    And what a great thing that you guys have been able to get your paperwork moving without having to pay bribes!

  2. Your persistance paid off! Your great Granny Runnalls would be proud that “you weren’t movin’ for no one”! Good news! We’ll continue to pray that all will be finalized very soon!
    Luv Mom and Dad Lockhart

  3. bless your hearts…been keeping you in prayer…getting updates is a great trigger;)…awesome breakthroughs happening…a local tribe just elected out all of the (corrupt) incumbents, and replaced them with new members…that’s just one of about 100 things in the last month or so…God is on the move…hang on…it’s a wild ride…

  4. Good for you. I am praying that Olivia’s adoption can soon be completed. God can work in ways we can not see. You have work hard for your daughter. May you soon have Olivia’s Haitian passport in hand. God bless

  5. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Praise the Lord! However, I am with you re: waiting for the dossier! You and Chris should be awefully proud of yourselves for sticking to your principles!!!!

  6. Wow, I hadn’t read your post for several days and was beyond amazed to read about your meeting…..well I shouldn’t have been amazed because I know God does answer our prayers. I had been prompted to specifically pray yesterday for your adoption….that the papers would be signed and all would be done and legal so that you could focus your attention to what God has called you to do. Thank you, Father for this step forward….may you give them peace with the final paperwork to be finished. Blessings to you this day!


  7. Thanks be to God for giving you both the strength and courage to stand up to the corruption and refuse to give in to it even though it would have simplified the process. Little by little you are helping to improve Haiti.
    We are so excited for the adoption progress and pray that you soon have the rest done so that you can travel with your daughter, our precious granddaughter. Thank you for being such outstanding parents!

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