Sunday, November 10, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Their favorite thing so far.... swimming!!
Monday, July 22, 2013
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Whitaker,
We are pleased to inform you that the I-604 process is complete, and James and Jovanika Whitaker may now be scheduled for the final visa interview with the Department of State. The visa interview is scheduled for August 1st, 2013 at 8:00 am at the Consular Section.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Whitaker,USCIS in Port au Prince, Haiti is pleased to inform you that the I-600 petition, which you filed at this office on June 26, 2012 on behalf of James Jean Baptiste and Jovanika Jean Baptiste, seeking to qualify them as your immediate relatives have been approved.
We are SO, SO excited! In the next few days we should receive another email that has the date for our visa appointment on it. The kids will go to their visa appointment on that day. A couple of days later, their visas will be picked up. Then they will come HOME!! After we know the date of their visa appointment, we will be able to start planning when we will go get them. It seems surreal that after 25 months in this process, we are actually seeing an end in sight!!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Although a final I-600 approval would have been more exciting, it is very reassuring to know that everything is complete and someone is actually looking at our file!! Praying we receive an email with our final approval very soon!Dear Mrs. Whitaker,We confirm receipt of your adoption dossier on June 18, 2013. 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 three (3) weeks.Regards,Adoption TeamDepartment of Homeland SecurityUS Citizenship & Immigration ServicesEmbassy of the United States of AmericaTabarre 41Port-au-Prince, HaitiTel: (509) 2229-8000Fax: (509) 2229-8082
Monday, July 1, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Sweet Jovanika must be scared, wiping those tears away.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
Ministry of the Interior All international adoption cases are reviewed by the Ministry of Interior. In order to obtain authorization to request a passport, the following documents must be submitted for each child: Four passport sized pictures Birth Certificate Attestation for the Birth Certificate Extract from the National Archives for the Birth Certificate Relinquishment Proces Verbal of adoption Adoption approval judgement Adoption Decree Attestation of the Adoption Decree Power of Attorney for creche director and/or attorney Stamp from DGI Notary letter for the passport Identification card of facilitator and/or attorney on the case Biological parents' identification cards Adoptive parents' MOI form, identification, and passport photos. The Ministry of Interior will grant authorization to submit the dossier to Haitian Immigrations for a passport.Love that last part.... We are getting so close!! I have no timeline as to how long it will be. I know someone who has spent 4 weeks at MOI. I also know people who have spent way over 4 months at MOI. Every case is different. Please pray with us that we move through quickly and get these kids home!!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
I am so excited because in just 3 days I will be in Haiti with them!!! It has been almost 4 months since I saw them last. Can't wait :))))))
Friday, February 8, 2013
I am so thankful that we are able to keep up to date with what is going on and that we have constant communication with everyone working on our adoption in Haiti. On Facebook, I am always seeing people who are adopting from other creches who haven't heard anything in months and have no clue what is going on with their adoption. I am impatient enough as it is!! I can't imagine not being able to ask questions or hear anything. It would be hard also to not get updated pictures of your children!! We are so blessed to get new pictures and updates every single month!! It makes the waiting a little easier.
We are currently waiting to hear that we have our adoption decrees. Not sure what exactly happens after that, but having adoption decrees sounds pretty fantastic to me!! We are getting closer and closer. Please pray we get these decrees soon so we can move forward!!!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Hello Lori,We hope that you had a good weekend. As usual, here is an update on your kids for this new year.James: weight: 30, weight: 39.Jovanika: weight: 35, height: 43.They are doing good.