Sunday, June 28, 2009

Now i know my ABC;s

Z really surprised me when she could repeat very thing i would say. This is her doing ABC'S and she also did her 123's and pretty much anything i said.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Well I am home from Haiti. It was an amazing trip. Z looks really good she has a cold or the flu but other than that she is doing great. We had a really great week together. We would go to the pool everyday she loves the water. We would play with blocks everyday she loves that we would walk around the hotel grounds to strengthen her legs (she is bull legged) She ate pretty much everything. So the trip was great.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy Birthday

Last night we celebrated R's birthday with dinner and bowling. We went to ruby river R's favorite place to eat and then it was on to bowling. We had a great time.

Monday, June 1, 2009

100th post

so it is my 100 post and i wanted to make it a really good one so i was going to wait until i had new pic of Z but we got some excellent news today. We are in M.O.I YEAH our file is moving.

I spoke to soon we just got an update about Z and a pic

Here is some info on M.O.I i got off a adoption blog A Child's Voice Intonational Advocacy

What happens in MOI is that the Office of "Juritique" looks over all the original Haitian adoption related documents (that includes birth certificate of the child, death certificates of the parent(s) if applicable, the adoption decree, the minute de greffe, etc.).Juritique looks for the authenticity of the documents and looks over the documents to ensure that there are no mistakes in the wording, but also looks for typographical/spelling errors.Also, each document has to have the proper legalization stamps (i.e. from Parquet, Foreign Affairs) on it and either a half-page Archive certification document or a full-page Archive certification document has to replace a hand-written birth or death certificate and the adoption decree if the document is more than one year old.Additionally, if a document is less than one year old, a letter of authenticity has to be obtained from the Ministry of Justice (that is a new step implemented about 6 months ago).Apparently, MOI staff has found fake documents in adoption files. This is their job, to ensure that all documents are authentic and that the adoption was processed properly.It can be frustrating because some of the documentation certifications can be time consuming to get. For example, a file may have a full page Archive in it already, but the MOI lawyer may not like what the document looks like, he/she may have questions regarding it authenticity. Thus, the lawyer may ask for a new Archive. That will add several weeks to the process.Or, there can be a spelling error on the Archive, the name could be misspelled, so you get a new Archive and you discover that the name is spelled wrong again...and then there is the realization that the name is spelled wrong in the Log Book where the original document had been now, you have to get a judgment from court to state that the mistake is in the Log Book and what the real spelling of the name is.I do not think that anybody can realize just how difficult it is to work in an efficient manner down here. I think that only people who have spent time down here can appreciate the difficulty.Haiti has an extreme amount of bureaucracy and it is mostly inefficient. However, I have always been impressed with the people who work inside of the Director of Political Affairs Office (the office where you go to find out what your file needs and to do the "interview" - filling out the information form on the adoptive, birth family and the child).

I am not sure how long it will take to get out of this step but it is a step closer. YEAH for good news