Originally, all paperwork was done with the village notary (this is a funny blog post to come!), where guardianship of the child was transferred to Kristin O’Connell from the current guardian, usually the closest relative. The terms were that Kristin O’Connell would be responsible for the child until the age of 18, to include providing the basic necessities and an education. In addition, the local judge would also approve the guardianship paperwork and the identity of the child through a birth certificate and next of kin.
Later, after a relationship was established with Haitian Social Services (IBERS) and they recognized our Family Home as a viable orphanage for their temporary placements, the legal process was implemented through them. As a precaution, D2C still followed through with their own paperwork and guardianship. Services (IBERS) did not always fulfill our criteria, and often no background information was provided.