The tale of a Kentucky couple’s adoption of a boy from Haiti has a happy ending, but it also demonstrates how much patience can be required when going through international adoption.
The boy was living in Haiti when the 2010 earthquake devastated that country. A Kentucky man went there as part of a mental health team and me the boy at an American-run orphanage. Though he and his wife had been considering adopting a child from Kentucky, the man told the Kentucky New Era, he quickly decided he had found his son.
Though that first part happened quite quickly, the actual adoption took six years. For one thing, it was an independent adoption, so the man and his wife had to do everything on their own, with the help of attorneys and others in Haiti. Further complicating matters was the fact that the Haitian legal system tends to work more slowly than in the U.S.
At one point, their adoptions documents got lost and they had to restart some of the process. Then a new president was elected in 2011 who changed the adoption laws, further delaying the adoption.
In the meantime, the man travelled to Haiti 14 times to visit his future son. His wife and biological son also came for a visit once. Then, right before the adoption was granted, he and his brother-in-law stayed in Haiti for two weeks before bringing him to Kentucky in January.
Now the boy can begin adjusting to his new life and getting to know his new family.