|Christina and her daddy|
Why 17 months? Because we have to wait for the Haitian President to sign off on our documents, saying he approves of our adoption. That can take up to 6 months alone -- our paperwork sitting in some pile on someone's desk in the Presidential Palace, waiting until he has enough adoption cases to make the time to sign them all. Then multiple Directors from multiple governmental offices have to sign the documents. Again, our paperwork can languish on each of these desks up to three months. Pretty soon those months add up to 17.
I know our paperwork is not important to these people. Christina is just one child in a country full of orphaned children. I am sure there are many more important issues they have to deal with daily -- Haiti is a country with significant challenges. I have been researching different Haitian blogs and news articles trying to understand their culture and politics. Race and oppression is a huge hot button. Americans are not exactly loved by the Haitian people. And they do not love the fact that we are taking one of their own away from their country.
|I am going to have to learn how to do her hair! |
Giving us a sad face -- this is how she greeted us each day, such sad eyes.
Even though we only spent four short days with her, she is ours. Despite the challenges we know we will face, we know she belongs with our family. We are excited to be a Haitian-American family, to learn Kreyol and Haitian traditions and incorporate them into our own.
|We spent a lot of time drawing pictures together.|
So my prayer is that those 17 months shorten to 9 months. That each step takes the shortest time possible, that each Official feels an overwhelming urge to clear his/her desk of all paperwork. That the President decides to sign adoption dispensations the day our paperwork hits his office. 9 months allows for all of the necessary steps without any unnecessary delays. The only way we can get it done in 9 months is through a miracle. It has never before been done that quickly in the history of Haitian adoptions. I know we don't deserve a shorter wait time than any other family going through the adoption process. But I am praying anyway, because we serve a huge God who has a perfect plan for Christina.