Department of State Announcement: Guatemala

6 10 2010

The Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues has issued the below notice regarding adoptions from Ethiopia. This notice can also be viewed on their website at As further information is obtained by Joint Council it will be distributed to interested parties.

October 5, 2010:

On October 5, 2010, the United States withdrew its letter of interest in participating in a pilot program to resume processing of intercountry adoption placements for a limited number of older children, groups of siblings, and children with special needs. The letter of interest had been previously submitted to the Guatemalan Central Authority for Adoptions, Consejo Nacional de Adopciones (CNA), in response to its November 2009 announcement of this limited pilot program.

The U.S. decision to withdraw its letter of interest is based on concerns that adoptions under the pilot program would not meet the requirements of the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention. Specifically, the United States believes that more safeguards for children should be in place before the CNA could start processing new intercountry adoptions. In addition, the Guatemalan Government has not yet provided specific details for how adoption cases under the pilot program would be processed under Guatemala’s new adoption law.

The United States remains open to resumption of intercountry adoption placements from Guatemala, but will consider such a resumption only when it is confident that a Hague-compliant system is in place, including strong safeguards against abuses and resolution of the issues that led to corrupt and fraudulent practices prior to the 2007 halt in new adoptions.It is our hope that the U.S. withdrawal from consideration for the pilot adoption program will allow CNA to focus its attention on resolving all pending transition cases.

VIEW- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: U.S. Withdrawal of Interest in Participating in Guatemala’s Pilot Adoption Program




2 responses

6 10 2010

This is so frustrating. Two governments stand between us and a little girl. While it is understandable that making sure a child is adopted only because they are truly adoptable, it is also important that those available for adoption are adopted; no matter domestically or internationally. We know for a fact this little girl is available and yet politics and egos of government officials with the desire to exert their power prohibits us from bringing her home. This is a crushing blow to those of us praying for the re-opening of adoptions between Guatemala and the US.

26 06 2013
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