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!!