25 Factors to
Consider When Adopting From Guatemala
Guatemala is currently closed to
adoptions to the US.
Current as of December 2009.
As you know, Guatemala shut down to
international adoptions to the US on Jan. 1, 2008 due to concerns
about corruption and fraud. It is important to note that it
was the US Department of State that stopped processing
inter-country adoptions from Guatemala, not Guatemala that decided
on their own to stop sending children abroad for adoption.
The US DOS concluded that Guatemala was not in compliance with the
Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption. The US became a member
of the Hague Treaty on April 1, 2008 and all adoptions between 2
member countries (Guatemala is a member) must be in compliance with
the Hague standards.
In the last 2 years Guatemala has
been working on becoming compliant with the standards of the Hague
Treaty. They have established a new governmental entity, the
National Council of Adoptions, to process all international
adoptions. However, a representative of the State Department
expressed that they had a long way to go on a Creating a Family
radio show in May 13, 2009.
On Nov. 19, the Guatemala National Council of Adoptions announced
that they would begin a 2-year pilot international adoption
program. This pilot program would seek to place children who
are older than 5, sibling groups, or “children with health,
mental or emotional issues." They anticipate placing no more
than 200 children a year through this program. They have
stated that they would like to work with no more than four
countries to place children through this pilot program and have
asked for countries to contact them no later than Dec. 3, 2009 if
they are interested in being a part of this program. From a
practical standpoint, what this means is for the US to be a part of
this program, the US State Department must apply. They will
not accept applications from adoption agencies.
We don’t know yet whether the State Department has applied to
be a part of this pilot program. To hear what the State
Department had to say about the future of adoptions from Guatemala,
listen to the
Creating a Family show.
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