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This program is: Closed

Please review the U.S. State Department's statement on the News regarding Intercountry Adoptions from Guatemala and the Hague Convention for more information on the Guatemalan Adoption Process. Guatemala has currently suspended the adoption process in order to create a Central Authority to process adoptions, which will make Guatemala Hague Compliant. Once the Central Authority has been created and the new process identified, Guatemalan Adoptions are expected to continue under the new process. Adoptive parents interested in adopting a child from Guatemala should use extreme caution when moving forward at this time.

In recent years, Guatemalan court rulings on proposed changes to adoption procedures have resulted in program delays, and may do so again in the future; however, the program remains attractive to Americans because children may become available for adoption at very young ages and infants available for adoption are often cared for by foster families. In 2011, U.S. citizens adopted approximately 32 children from Guatemala. Older and special needs children are also available for adoption. Children may reside in orphanages or foster care.

Visit the Adoption Directory for Guatemala Adoption Agencies and other professionals and services.

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Travel required: No; if parents choose to travel, the in-country stay is approx. 4 days.

Convention Country?: Yes.

Singles accepted: Yes

Other: Prior to approval for adoption, a DNA test done by a facility authorized by U.S. authorities must be done to prove the relinquishing mother-child connection; an additional DNA tests, comparing the original sample to a sample collected at the end of the process, is now required by U.S. authorities, to ensure that the child leaving Guatemala is the same child in which the paperwork was processed for. Guatemala does not required post-placement Social Worker Visits.

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