So we have been home 14 days and we really needed this because we haven’t had a date night in over 4 months and we needed an hour out of the house alone!! Thank you Kaden for watching the Littles. I am not a huge McDonalds fan but I will take a MCD Coke with my honey just about anytime!! Things are currently crazy nonstop crazy but we are home!!
Merry Christmas from Our Crazy Price Life to yours!! Thank you everyone who helped us get our children home from Haiti we could not of done it without you all!! It’s been a crazy fun day that we will always remember!! We are so blessed and Thankful to be HOME!!
So what did Christmas look like at our house this year!! It was like a dream that finally came true!! It was perfect in every every way!! We got to celebrate the birth of sweet baby Jesus with our new 3 babies this year!! What an amazing and crazy and tough and long journey we have been on!! We have had a wonderful Christmas Eve and I honestly can’t wait till tomorrow we are all ready for Christmas the kids are SO excited for Santa!! So many questions about Santa mommy where will he sleep how does he get in when will he come…. We made sugar cookies today we are now watching a movie and having Christmas popcorn this all doesn’t seem real!! We are blessed and so thankful the Lord made this possible all 7 Prices together finally in one house one country one state!
Here is a few pics from our Christmas Eve!!
So Christmas Day!! What fun we had!!! The Kids were so excited so much Joy in there faces as they came out to the Christmas Tree to see what Santa had left for them… Can you imagine being 8 or 5 and never experiencing that before there hearts must of been exploding they are home they have a family and now Santa has come!! Christmas Day we get up here at home and have Christmas then we go to my parents and have Christmas breakfast and opened some presents and then this year we came back to our home for Christmas dinner and finished up with the rest of the presents!! It was a big day! Thankfully we live right next door to my parents!! This year the weather was extremely warm for Indiana and the kids got to enjoy some outside time!! This is like unheard of on Christmas Day!!
Here is a few of my favorite pics from Christmas Day!!
We might finally be ready for bed!! And then again we might not be we are still eating sugar cookies candy and cake at 10pm on Christmas night!!
Christmas with Grandma Jayne and Aunt Amanda and Uncle Naren!! The kids got to meet Amanda and Naren and we had a fun time!! We are so so thankful to have time with all of our family for Christmas!
I don’t even know where to start… As many of you know we boarded a plane on a one way ticket on September 19th to Haiti to fight for our children and to secure there Visa. When we got here we thought we knew what was going to be needed to fix the problem and bring them home. That has now changed numerous times. We are very thankful to have found some people down here who we trust completely and they are helping us with some of the things that need done. God has clearly placed the right people in our path… I know understand why our first week was slow God was allowing us some mommy and daddy time with our kids that we hadn’t seen in over 18 months I am forever thankful for that time and it makes since now!
I am going to tell you the first week we were here was hard nothing happened with our adoption and by the end of that week I was second guessing myself as to why we had come. I was missing home and my boys and all the things we take for granted… but after that first week it has been nonstop going here going there… If you ever have been to Haiti you know that just getting a few miles can take hours and you don’t get anywhere fast…. We have been in so many different offices we have got things accomplished and we are still working on things… We are believing that when we board that plane to come home our 3 children will be on it with us.
What we weren’t prepared for was paying for this adoption a second time… It really feels like extortion but if we don’t pay this ransom I believe our children will be stuck here for a long time…. I do feel like american citizens are being taken advantage of and I believe that the USA could fix this very easily and protect its American Citizens! It has taken everything we have to make this trip and now we are faced with coming up with the additional money for all the offices and for our coordinator down here to do the work. We are walking right along side here so we know where the money is being spent but we don’t have it. If anyone has ever thought about donating to our adoption and you haven’t yet now is the time we are starting back up our you caring campaign in hopes to raise some of the additional funds that we need… The problem is we need them fast…. We are saving lives when we heard God say go we listened we knew it would be hard and we had no idea what it all meant. But he spoke the words GO to me and it was very clear that we had to be in Haiti if we wanted these children to come home!
My friend Michael featured our story over on his blog I posted it below and you can also click on this link to view the story please share our story it will not only help us but it will help 100’s of other families.
One thing I am passionate about is helping to tell stories and give a voice to those who have no voice. The place I most often am able to do that is Haiti. I deeply love Haiti, it’s people and it’s culture. Being an adoptive dad who has one child from Haiti, I have an especially intimate bond with that country.
Today I want to share some space and tell a story to illuminate the mess, tragedy and struggle that is currently plaguing the Haitian Adoption system. It is a story that began in March of 2010 when the Price family chose to begin the adoption process in Haiti. Now more than 4 ½ years later, they are still entrenched in the battle and fighting to get their kids home. (You can read more about them by clicking here)
When Karena and Zachary Price started their adoption they never imagined they would be separated from their kids for so long without being able to bring them home. Derline was 7 months old, and now is 5 years old. Juvens, then 4, is now 8 years old. And, Sophia who was 1 is now 5 years old. The Prices have missed precious time, developmental stages and life events with their kids.
Why? Simply put, the system is broken. Between fraud, stolen monies and misrepresentation by officials the journey has lasted for nearly 5 years. And now there is more trouble plaguing their adoptions.
Just in the last few weeks the US Government, at the prodding of The Hague Convention and others, has changed requirements and laws once more. This time the change affected one small statement in a complex adoption process. Just 90 days ago our government was allowing kids to come home through adoption when their decree stated a simple adoption. Now, the requirement is a change of the word simple to the word plenary; which is a legal term for final.
What does this mean? It means lots more time, waiting, money and trouble. It means that kids whose adoptions have been finalized for months are no longer able to come home. It means that families essentially will have to pay for their adoption all over again, and begin waiting again. It means that children that should be in stable and loving homes will remain institutionalized for as much as another year. It means that those children and their families will face tougher transitions and less developmental victories.
It means that the needs of children have once again been placed behind the priority of nice paperwork and bureaucratic process. And, it means that the lives of children are the collateral damage of a broken and ineffective process!
Here are the Prices’ own words in this matter:
“I just wanted to update you all on the process so far as to what I have personally witnessed being here in Haiti for the past 3 weeks to change our children over to plenary cases….. we have been to numerous offices and it seems no one really knows what they are doing or understands what is going on.
There is no sense of urgency! My children have been waiting 4.5 years…. all offices are requiring appointments and they are not taking but a few each day. Most people are being turned away. American citizens have paid tens of thousands of dollars for their completed adoptions only to have them consider invalid.
Personally I am looking at an easy $15,000 or more to fix this problem for my 3 children.
I find that American citizens are being taken advantage of by the local offices and officials. If this isn’t extortion I don’t know what its I am very concerned for the roughly 100 or more families that are now stuck in this mess. Worse yet, there is no good timeline as to how long this is going to take to resolve.
American families are basically paying for another adoption because the US didn’t like the way a document was worded. Yet, less then 90 days ago American families with that wording were allowed to come home! how does this make any sense to anyone involved?
Children’s lives have to matter. American citizens should matter! Our children should not be held for this ransom in a broken system. It is time NOW for the US to step up and fight for American citizens and our legally adopted children.”
Here is what I am asking. We cannot on our own fix this. But together we can make a HUGE impact! We can make a difference.
Let’s not focus on the problems, but focus on the possibilities. There are hundreds of children who are going to be able to come home when this is resolved. There are hundreds of families who will finally be complete. This is something to join together and fight for! This is something we should hope to celebrate as an adoptive community.
Will you help us spread this story? Will you share this post? Will you load your newsfeed with the information we have here.
Let’s make it hard for the US State Department, The Embassy, USCIS, US Officials and Haitian Diplomats to ignore. Let’s join together as a team and demand that Haitian Adoptions be fixed.
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Dear US Senators we need you to join the fight and help precious children come home from Haiti! You can fix this your office could lead this movement so OUR three children can come home and many others who are currently stuck because of something so small and silly! Even a humanitarian parole would be welcome, but as it stands today, there are at least 50 (??) American families currently paralyzed in their Haitian adoption processes, at the END – the all-important Visa-granting stage, all of whom have completed legal adoptions of our children in Haiti. Most families have been in their adoption processes for 4+ long years while our precious children have languished in orphanages all over Haiti, waiting for parents and homes of their own. Now, American citizens who have LEGALLY COMPLETED ADOPTIONS are being forced to wait because of a paperwork glitch with the U.S. Department of State. At this moment, if the official, stamped, adjudicated adoption decree does not contain the perfect wording of “full and final”, the Department of State is refusing to grant a visa to the lawful children of American citizens. Most Children have already been declared immediate relatives by USCIS in our case that took 26 weeks! For more than 20 years, thousands of Haitian children have legally been adopted by U.S. citizens and brought to the United States lawfully, and have done so without this clerical necessity. Currently, our relinquishment paperwork states “unconditional and irrevocable relinquishment of parental rights” but our legal children are being held from us, because the U.S. Department of State has now decided to demand a change in verbiage.
We need YOUR help TODAY!! We need congress to pressure the US for an immediate solution to this acute crisis which involves law-abiding American citizens and our legal children. We have been getting the run around for over 8 weeks! We are demanding that Congress – our elected representatives- fix this NOW!
Children should not be caught in government red tape – they have waited far too long.Thank you for fighting to bring our children home where they legally and rightfully belong – in a home where they will be safe and loved.Currently my husband and I are in Haiti and we plan to stay until this is resolved we will not leave our legally adopted children behind again in such an unstable and unsafe country!Sincerely
Zach and Karena Price
Laying low is what we have been doing…. Those of you who know me know that I am hands on and when something needs done I do it. I make it happen I find a way…. I get the job done…. Well…..We haven’t done anything this week we haven’t tried to contact the embassy we have been letting our immigration lawyer Kelly and the people that she knows in Washington do the talking this week for us. We have also had some Senator / Congressman help with them also contacting to see what is going on and why in the world DOS is trying to do the job over that USCIS has already done. These are the 2 communications we got from the Embassy last week…. We have no idea which was is up or what they want at this point…. Its all up to all these different agencies and peoples opinions…. I just have to stop and wonder when do Kids lives matter when does whats best for the children who has been living in an orphanage for there entire life begin to matter??
But first my rant about Rokita’s office….. I will tell you this I am not happy with Congressman Rokita’s office…. The lady from his field office called me yesterday and told me that since we have Senator Donnelly’s office checking into this for us they will just close our case. Because you know they all have the same contacts!! I really wanted to yell at the lady but I was like ok. I wanted to say don’t you know that the more people checking on the status of my kid’s Visa maybe just maybe it will matter and maybe those people in Haiti will finally just Issue the darn thing…. but I did I am so worn out from fighting this battle for the past 5 years…. I want them home so badly but I am tired I am just plain tired…. So if any of you good people reading this want to email Rokita’s Chief of Staff here is her email address its public knowledge I found it by going to data.washingtonexaminer.com so anywho here it is….. Tell her how the squeaky wheel gets the oil and how these kids matter firstname.lastname@example.org I honestly believe that we only got out of USCIS in 25 weeks was because I was emailing twice sometimes 3x a week to check on the status of the file…. Thats sad but I believe its true!
On August 12th We were told the following…….
Dear Mrs. Price,
Thank you for your email and for your understanding. We know it has already been a very long wait for you and your family. Here is what needs to be completed.
- Sophia: We are still waiting for her medical report.
- Juvens: You have submitted a simple adoption issued in 2014 that does not comply with Haitian or US law. All international adoptions from haiti to the US have to be full and final or “pleniere”. Adoption processes in Haiti changed in 2012 and the law changed in 2013.
- Derline: This is also a simple adoption that needs to be converted to a full and final “pleniere” adoption. In this case there is reference to the legal guardian of Derline stating that consent is only given for a simple adoption. This is a bit more complicated that Juvens as someone obviously wanted only a simple adoption and expressly stated it. Any proposed legal fix would need to address that as well.
We are also still seeking contact information from Derline’s birth father. Our understanding is that the crèche may have additional ways to reach him. Please forward any phone numbers or address you are able to obtain
The Adoptions Unit.
Then we ask them to please confirm this was all they needed so our attorney could get started on the corrections. We didn’t want him to have to keep going back to court because this would take more time and cost us more money. We emailed them twice a day until finally we get this telling us to wait and they don’t know what needs fixed yet….
August 14th we were told this…….
Hello Mrs. Price,
Thank you for your email.
We have requested your patience in finding out exactly what will be required to convert your simple adoptions to full and final ones in Haiti so we can issue the visas.
We know how long you have waited and are doing our best to complete our process. Haiti has both simple and pleniere adoptions. Since 2013 the law in Haiti has changed to say that all international adoptions must be full and final or “pleniere”. Simple adoptions have always existed in Haiti but in 2013 the law changed to specifically add “pleniere” adoptions for international cases. Unfortunately you do not have any legal document on file that shows a full and final adoption. We do not want to cause additional obstacles but we are unable to ignore the fact that there is a different law in Haiti and you have simple adoptions for two children.
Derline’s case is more complicated for the reasons we have stated to you several times regarding your nonappearance in court but submission of documents indicating you were present with her biological father and no designation of someone to act on your behalf.
Please give us some more time to get specific guidance from both our agency and IBESR on how to fix these two simple adoptions. We do not doubt your commitment to your children or how difficult this process has been. However we have an obligations under US law before issuance of a visa. We will know something next week after a series of meetings on the issue. Your lawyers both in Haiti or the US are welcome to contact us if you send express permission to this email address authorizing us to speak about your cases to them.
Thank you so much in advance.
The Adoptions Unit
So that’s where we are Laying low and having no idea what they are going to require for our children who have approved I600’s and have been declared immediate relatives to finally get home. But we will figure it out and we will get there because they are coming home. I told Zach I know what I want to happen but I don’t know if that is what God wants to happen…. Matthew 7:7 tells us “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” I want for us to get an email and it to say our children’s Visa’s are ready…. I want for us to not have to go and correct something that has already been approved… But is this what God wants?? I don’t know but this is what I am asking for I am asking for this to all be resolved and us not have to do anything extra! Will you please pray with us I know our God is bigger and I know our God can do this!!
Where do I even start……. This morning has kind of been like getting an ice cream cone then dropping it on the floor…… Getting that new bike and then wrecking it into a tree…… The rush of emotions we have felt this morning have been all over the board… Extreme high to Extreme low….. I didn’t scream I didn’t jump up and down like I had hoped I would….. Instead I just sat there reading and rereading the email over and over again…. The email that said Derline and Sophia have been approved and they can come home and then the next email that said Juvens has not been approved and he can not come home and they intend to deny him unless we can come up with evidence as to why they should approve him…… There is a problem with the bio-mother she was unable to be located and this has caused the problem. …Then I felt numb and then I cried…. Then I laid back down in bed covered my head and ugly cried! Yeah I did that for about 5 minutes then I talked myself out of bed…. I told myself that we are going to fight and that he is my son and you will fight for him just like you have been fighting for the past 4 years… I told myself that he needs us and we can do this… So I got up and got myself ready and here I sit fighting for my son and trying to get my girls visa appointment scheduled so they can come home….
My heart is so so heavy I want to be Happy but I just can’t I am sad for an 8 year old boy 2,000 miles away who just wants him mom and dad, who just wants to be part of a family, who understands what all this means, who will be devastated when he see’s his sisters leave and he has to stay behind, who just wants to start school with his brother, who wants to have his own room, who wants to feel the love of a family….
How does a parent travel 2,000 miles and bring home only 2 of her 3 children?? How is this right in any possible way? Its not its not right at all…..
But let me tell you something my heavenly father He already knows all about this…. This was no surprise to him! Not even the smallest detail in life happens unless God’s will is behind it. He loves Juvens He loves all of us and we have to rest in the fact that his way is greater and justice will prevail! Love wins and our boy will come home!!
So what happens next??? I have emailed the Embassy to get the girls Visa appointment scheduled and medical papers so we can get them finished up and home. With Juvens I am not 100% sure we have an excellent lawyer that we have talked to here int he US she is an immigration lawyer and has worked with the documentary stuck we just have to come up with the money so she can start the case . We also are trying a few other things and I have emailed USCIS Adjudication Officer that was overseeing the case.
My biggest complaint at this point is that I am wondering why we found out about the NOID on April 15th from our Representative Todd Rokita’s office the email they received from USCIS on April 15th stated the following but we were not given an official NOID until months later? I requested USCIS go ahead and issue the NOID so we could work on it and we got nothing. If we would have received the NOID back in March we would have had time to submit evidence in rebuttal so that our son could of possibly finished with his sisters. Now we have to explain to an 8 year old why we ware leaving him behind and abandoning him and taking his sisters home and not him. I just feel this situation could of been handled better in the best interest of the child. This is our good ol United States of America Government that is to blame for this not Haiti… Yes Haiti Adoptions are messed up but this was wrong for them to know for 4 months Since March 23rd that they were going to issue a NOID! I emailed several different times asking for the NOID but they would not send it to me.
This is the email information we got from Representative Rokita’s office
· 03/23/2015: Reviewed the documents. Form I-600 is not approvable because the documents were signed by the birth mother who disappeared later per orphanage. The Form I-604 orphan determination cannot be made without an interview. Please note that on the week of March 23, 2015, USCIS Haiti stated that a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) will be served
So for now this Dynamic Duo gets to come home and Mr. Juvens has to wait a little bit longer. I don’t know what the answer is to getting him home but I know that God will provide us with the funds and people to make it happen. We are putting our trust in Him and giving him all the Glory today for the approval on the Girls!!!
As I sit here and start to write this 1,957 days after we officially started….I honestly didn’t think we would get to this point many times. We aren’t finished yet but we are so so close. Our case is being adjudicated and then a decision will be entered then the file will go to Visa stage. During the Visa stage the kids have a medical exam they are checked for TB they are interviewed and then the VISA is printed. We were originally told we would have a decision by July 2 however they then found that Zach and I had let our fingerprints expire! So this created a bit of a hold up while we fixed this problem! We were told on Friday that they will enter a decision in a few days… So now we wait and email and wait and email and wait…… I don’t want to put a date on when they are coming home because I know and learned early on that God has this covered. He has it all planned out and when it all happens its going to be glorious!
We have been “nesting” we have been trying to finish up all the things we had been putting off at home. We have started stocking up on food and household supplies. We are getting travel bags ready for each kid… Just trying to stay busy!!
Zach and I were blessed last week to have 4 nights with no kids and we took advantage of it and decided to eat out every night! Spending some quality time together just the 2 of us before everything gets oh so crazy!!
We have also been doing little extra things with the boys because we know all of our worlds are about to change and we are just trying to spend some special time with them.
So whats this blog really about…. Well there is a few things we want our friend and family to know. We want you to be in on all of this so hopefully everything can go as smoothly as possible!
1. So first things first…. There will be a PARTY!! And we want as many of you there that can possibly come! We want to celebrate this huge milestone of finishing the adoption and our children finally coming home! Our new normal has just begun and our kids are now American Citizens!! So yeah there will be a PARTY!! Bring your cameras take lots of pictures and enjoy the moment with us! We realize the kids are probably still going to be on American Overload but we know they will appreciate this all later to see how they were welcomed home and into our community! Most likely this will be a day or so after we arrive home and details will be posted as we get closer to that time.
2. What about the AIRPORT PARTY?? WE would LOVE for anyone that wants to join us at the airport to come out we are not sure if we will be flying into Chicago or Indianapolis just yet but we will post plenty of details when we have all the info… Bring Welcome Home signs bring your cameras and help capture this moment for us!! We are hoping to fly into Indy as we know this will be much easier on family and friends!!
3. Food everyone loves food right…… My mom is going to be organizing a meal train for us so we don’t have to worry about whats for dinner that first month. Again details on this will be coming soon!
4. Card shower…. I was just made aware yesterday that my wonderful sister Karie is doing a card shower for us…. Here are the details incase you want to join in!
We will be having a card & gift-card shower for the Price Family Adoption. As Juvens, Sophia and Derline’s journey to the US approaches, Zach & Karena will need to get them some much needed things. We are asking for gift-cards to places like Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Children’s Place, etc.; places where they can get the kids clothing and other things they will need. Visa gift-cards will also be accepted. If you would like to give please either drop them off at Debbie Holder‘s house or you can mail them to her. We will be collecting gift cards until the end of the month and then we plan to give them to the family!!!! And please continue to keep them in your prayers!
Price Family Adoption
c/o Debbie Holder
122 E Johnson ST
Wolcott, IN 47995
5. Recovery we have to have some time to recover from our trip and bringing 3 new littles into our home. These children have been through it all and they are going to need some time. Everything is going to be new to them and I am sure they will be very overwhelmed. The first few weeks we will be running to doctor appointments to get various things checked out skin issues, intestinal issues all kinds of fun things. So please just give us some space the first few weeks that we are home. Zach and I plan to take some time off work during this time as we all adjust and recover. However we will both most likely still have “work” things that need done daily and we will just have to figure out how to fit it all in. I mean when I was in labor with Wes I went to work that night at 10 pm before we head to the hospital to do payroll…. so yeah we will still be working but lets say at only about 25% those first few weeks!
6. Connecting…. We have no idea how this is going to go down. We have been with the kids 6 times over the course of the adoption. Usually for only a few days… I can honestly say that usually by the time for us to come home they are also ready to go back to there “home”. They have always remembered us and we feel that is a good thing. Kaden has met them once and Wesley has never met them. It is VERY important that they learn who we are first and that we are who they can turn to if they need something. Our children love people and they will probably have no problem giving you a hug or asking you to get something for them. They are around new people all the time with different groups coming to the orphanage. And what do those people do they hold them love on them play with them and give them treats. We are thankful for all the many people who have loved on and given our children treats over the years but now that they are home they need to learn who they can trust and turn to when they need something. So at first please refrain from hugging them and helping them instead turn them in our direction when they need something…. I know this may be hard to do and some of you are just going to want to hug these adorable little babies but trust me on this one and just hang in there!
7. There is going to be “those days” Seriously we may look like we haven’t showered or slept or ate or really who knows… Like I said earlier we have no idea how this is going to go down…. In my mind its all going to be perfect but seriously I know its not going to be….. You know how you bring your newborn home from the hospital and everything is great and then they pee on you or then they throw up all over you and your clean body and clean shirt…. Yes we are bringing home 5 & 8 year olds but still there is going to be those times! I am guessing the first few months are going to be very rough I could be pleasantly surprised but really i thnk we are going to be in really deep and I an not sure how long its going to last! Our kids are going to miss there home, friends, foods, smells everything they have known for the past 5 & 8 years is about to be thrown out the window with a big Welcome to America!
8. Help…. We could probably use some help so if you are one of those people who likes to lend a helping hand just ask and there will probably be something you can do. I have no idea right now what we will need but I can imagine we might need help getting Kaden and Wesley places, Picking up something from the store, catching up with all the extra laundry, hair help for my girls, walk our golden doodle…. seriously who know what we will need but chances are there will probably be something!
9. Friends….. Don’t forget about us all hunkered down in our house trying to figure out what our new normal is going to be… Call, text, email, Facebook me anything I am sure I will need it! Drop a starbucks off at my door or a fountain Coke or really anything that might make me feel sane!! (Barefoot Pink Moscato) I love my kids but again we really don’t know how this will all go down… so please don’t forget about me!
10. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!!! We could not have made it this far with out all of you!! It takes a village and we have been blessed with such a strong loving caring prayerful village!! We love you all and we can’t wait for you to meet our kiddos!!! So again Thank you for everything you have done and will do in the future for our family!!
So I received an email yesterday morning from Haiti USCIS letting us know that they have received our Dossier. I was expecting the email to tell me to allow 6 weeks for processing but instead it told me 8 weeks which quit possibly might turn into 16 weeks in all reality! Yes I said 16 weeks 4 months maybe even longer before we get an approval! Its really sad to me to think that we have come this far and now we are waiting on the US to do there thing! They don’t trust the process in Haiti so they go out and check and check and check all the things that were done to make sure they were done right. Its frustrating our kids are legally our children and we are now waiting for the United States to approve our I600 and give them a Visa so they can come home. I have told Zach multiple times that this is by far going to be the hardest wait……. Its like we are done and they cant come home yet and I just want them to come home. They have waited 4 long years and to make them wait longer just to USCIS can go out and check on everything is frustrating! I know god knows our airport date but this mamma still wants her kiddos home!!!
How can you help?? You can pray right now that it will not take 8 weeks for our I600 approval and that it would take 1/2 that time!! You can pray that everything goes smoothly and checks out!
Once we get the approval we will be given a VISA date which is usually 2-3 weeks after the approval. The kids go in for this appointment and then if everything goes well at that appointment we go back a few days later for VISA and then the children can travel!
Here is the email we received the other day…… Its pretty basic I am sure its the same email many other parents get who are waiting for there babies to come home…. Take a number we will get to you when we get to you!
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Price,
We received your adoption dossier on February 26, 2015. Your case is currently under review. If we have any questions regarding your document submission or require additional information, we will contact you directly. Otherwise, we will inform you once a decision has been made and adjudication of the pending I-600 petitions is completed.
Please note that due to high volume of adoption cases pending in this office, the current processing time for pending I-600 petitions, in which we have received complete dossiers, is approximately eight (8) weeks. The estimated time applies to cases requiring verifications in Port-au-Prince. If your adoption was finalized outside of Port-au-Prince, the estimated time may be longer.
Department of Homeland Security
I really don’t even know what to say…. I kind of knew these were coming and yes I am excited but I am not jumping up and down…. I kind of feel like I am just going through the motions anymore….. get your hopes up get let down send more money get your hopes up get let down send more money and then you move to the next step…. Don’t get me wrong this is a huge step to our kids coming home HUGE. This step kind of says you are mostly done with the Haitian side of things 95% done. The side of things that has taken nearly 4 years. The side of things that has made our lives oh so messy. The side of things that is oh so ugly and oh so not fair. But really what is fair? He decides what is fair He decides what is right for each person He is love all the time! I read this in a blog the other day and I loved it…. It was perfect. It was just what I needed! You can read the post here I am quoting just a little bit.
“WHO HE IS is stronger than what I need Him to do for me.
He is faithful.
He is good.
He is steadfast.
He is sovereign.
He is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
He is the Prince of Peace.
He hates evil.
He is just.
He is merciful.
He loves us.
I’m tired of begging God for what i need Him to do,
I’ve got to start believing in WHO HE IS because His heart is for the orphaned
Because He is alive Because He conquered death on the cross.
Because He causes the sun to rise and set.
Because He cannot fit into my mind or thoughts.
Because He makes all things new.
Because His ways are higher.
Because He does the unimaginable.
Because He is jealous for our hearts to turn towards Him and not what He can do for us. “
So whats next??? As of now everyone keeps asking do we have a date yet…No we don’t have a date please don’t ask me each time you see me if we have a date. We will get a 2 week window of when the kids VISA apt is and then the VISA is usually ready a few days after that. TRUST me you will know when we get that 2 week window!! Our file now enters USCIS in Port Au Prince for final processing of our I600 we have a pre approval but now they go through all the documents that were done in Haiti making the adoption legal and see if they have any questions. This process can take 3-12 weeks if you have no problems if you do have problems well we just won’t talk about that right now! Pray that we have no problems pray that our documents are perfect that every name is spelled right and that all the information is crystal clear! We will get an email letting us know if they need additional information or better yet letting us know that we are approved. Once we get that email we then will receive another email letting us know when the VISA appointment is. I have told Zach that this last stage of waiting may do me in. We are so so close I am having visions in my head of what its going to look like going and picking them up for the last time. Going to the airport and boarding that plane with them. Landing in the USA and them becoming US citizens I am daydreaming all the time! I have begun making list of what I want to take with us what I want in the kids airplane bag I kind of feel like I am going crazy on most days! But its a good kind of crazy!! We will most likely be taking Kaden and Wesley with us to pick up the kids. Kaden has been once before but Wesley has not. We feel its important for them to go with us and experience this first hand. We have all lived this life for the past 4 years and we are just so ready to be one big family of 7! Ready to start our new normal!
Aren’t these passports the greatest! The kids look so little in them the pictures were probably taken about 2 years ago if I had to guess. We never ever dreamed this process would take this long. I never could of imagined my 7 month old baby girl turning into an almost 5 year old little girl. We have missed so much but we have also gained so much as well… God knew all along just how much time this was going to take God knew all along when our airport day would be. Witnessing this adoption unfold has been a pure miracle my friends and I truly believe our god is still in the miracle business!! Whatever it is that you are struggling with today… Don’t Lose Hope…. God is right there with you trust him have faith in him and believe that his timing is perfect!
So as many of you know we are currently in Parquet (court) with the adoption… We have been in this stage for over 3 months now. Parquet was closed for a good month while the important people were gone on vacation so nothing was getting signed. Well they opened back up October 1st and here we are almost November 1st and we still aren’t done. We were told today that a mistake was made on some of our paperwork and that is causing delays in this stage. So the paperwork is being redone and then everything has to be signed again : ( So here is a glimpse into what we are dealing with… They use typewriters not computers this whole document has to be retyped. Its not a fast process… It all takes time. On the paper below you can see they have Zachary Prince not Zachary Price like it should be so this has to be changed before we can move forward! Pray with us that this happens quickly!
A friend told me the other day “just keep moving ahead and life will catch up” These words have stuck with me ever since she said it and I know she is right. We have kind of been on hold for the past 3.5 years and its time to start moving ahead… I know god has a plan and his plan is always perfect so for now we move ahead and look forward to life catching up with us!