So let me introduce you to our son Juvens Sterley Price! He is 8 years old. He has been living at His Home For Children in Port Au Prince Haiti for the past 7 years…. He has never known a family a mother a father. He has never had his own room or had his own toys and clothes. Everything he has is shared with 50 or more children. Juvens has never had anyone check in on him his mother hasn’t come back and he has no father.
We meet Juvens in August of 2011 when we were in Haiti to meet our daughter Derline. We instantly feel in love with his infectious smile. We came home and talked to our boys about adopting him and they instantly said YES!! We have been back to Haiti 5 times since that trip in august to see Juvens and his 2 sisters. They love us they think of us as their mother and father. Juvens wants so badly to come home and start his life with all of us! This little boy has such a wonderful smile he has a brilliant since of humor and he is always happy!!
After 4 long years of trying to bring our 3 children home we found out that Juvens was not approved by USCIS to come home but our girls were. So now we will be bringing our 2 girls home and leaving our sweet Juvens behind. USCIS wants more proof that Juvens is an orphan before he can come home. Our adoption is legal in Haiti he is our Son he has our last name. But the United Stats Government isn’t allowing him to come home! Yes the United States Government isn’t allowing our son who has spent 7 of his 8 years of life in an orphanage to come home to his family! How do you tell an 8 year old that he can’t come home but his sisters can?? How is this putting his best interest first??
So now its time to fight for Juvens! We have contacted a brilliant lawyer who knows she can win our case and who has said it’s when will Juvens come home not if Juvens comes home. This lawyer has helped many STUCK cases like ours and she knows what she is doing! We now have a plan of action and know what we need to do. Unfortunately this comes with a cost and we currently don’t have the money needed to pay the lawyer pay people in Haiti to do ground work and then pay for another flight to go and get Juvens when he is ready to come home. Our lawyer thinks this will take around 6 weeks to gather the evidence and submit it to USCIS. But the time it takes depends on multiple people and This is Haiti we are dealing with!
The plan is to Run a newspaper ad, Run a radio broadcast, Check at National Archives to see if his mother has been declared dead and interview several people who may have seen her at some point or who may have never seen her come back to the orphanage and check on him. We are trying to establish that the mother is gone and Juvens is an orphan. By doing these things we should get an approval because we have tried everything possible to find his mom. US law does not require a child’s birth parent to be interviewed for an approval of I600 but the people in charge currently at Haiti USCIS seem to be interpreting the law differently. As we have already sent someone out to search for the mother we have already done a radio broadcast we have turned in all this information to USCIS but they aren’t accepting it. So we will do it again and our lawyer will then remind them of the law!
So this is why we have started a Youcaring page to raise the money that we need to bring Juvens home! This was such a struggle for us to ask for help like this but we also know that the Lord will make a way and we will get the needed funds to bring Juvens home. If you would like to donate towards bring home our son please check out our you caring page by clicking on this link.
Thank you everyone for your prayers your kind words your donations…. It truly takes a village and we are grateful for all of you!
Looking back over all of these pictures some that we have taken and some that others have taken. The first pictures I have of Juvens date back to October 2008!! Can you imagine your 8 year old son or daughter only ever living in an orphanage?? These pictures make me smile our boy always has a smile on his face and he is so carefree!! Sweet boy we are fighting for you and you WILL come home!
We love you Mom, Dad, Kaden and Wesley