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Adoptive children remain in Haiti

Homecoming postponed: Sisters Chrismene, left, and Jesula with their adoptive father Micaiah Peterson. The girls were supposed to travel to Salmon Arm, but issues with documents prevented them from being allowed to leave the country. - Photo contributed
Homecoming postponed: Sisters Chrismene, left, and Jesula with their adoptive father Micaiah Peterson. The girls were supposed to travel to Salmon Arm, but issues with documents prevented them from being allowed to leave the country.
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Joy and excitement have faded to disappointment for the Peterson family of Tappen.

Micaiah and Tamara Peterson flew to Haiti to pick up two additions to their family – sisters 10-year-old Jesula and Chrismene, six.

The Petersons first investigated adopting a child from the Faith & Love in Action orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti five years ago.

In a January update, Tamara described the work the whole family had put into preparing rooms for the girls and described the family as blessed. The feeling changed when the couple arrived in Haiti two weeks ago and were told they could not take the girls out of the country.

“We were basically told we could come down and get them before the paperwork was actually completed,” says a disappointed Tamara. “We tried to see if we could push some things along, but it was Carnival when we were there and most places were closed.”

Tamara says the family had not been advised that the paperwork had not been completed and that two other families suffered the same disappointment.

“It was so hard, but at least we could take turns being encouraging to each other in the midst of it all,” she says. “We all had a good cry, and so did the girls.”

The Petersons have been advised the required paperwork should be completed within three weeks – a time frame they are not necessarily relying on.

“We will not be booking any future plane trips to go and get them until we see scanned copies of the passports and visas,” says Tamara.

The trip wasn’t a complete loss as the couple was able to spend time with the girls. But missing their sons and unable to afford to stay in Haiti any longer, the couple came home. The family is now waiting and praying.

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