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!