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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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SIR THOMPSOM - 3 weeks ago
“A single birth mother who’s pregnancy was unplanned and now she has a baby girl. The baby is just 1month and days old. The birth mother feels her baby will be best with a loving, caring, kind and accepting adoptive family, couple of single parent of any race, to adopt this baby ”EMAIL CONTACT: (federickagency @ xxxxxx . com) She HAS put baby for adoption. If anyone is interested, kindly contact me by email. Her name is Kate and I’m her Attorney.”(xxxx). sir edwards #1
SIR THOMPSON - 1 month ago
I am sir FEDERICK from USA. It is adoption week now for parent's seeking to adopt a baby. There are set of twins and single gender ready for adoption in our NGO . if you want to adopt this newborn kindly contact now for a swift response now ,email is, (Federickagency @ only ready parents to contacts us only. Regards from sir FEDERICK EDWARDS #2
Michele - 1 month ago
I am interested in adopting a baby. I am 42 an not able to have a baby myself. I am able to care for the child Sir Thompson. #3
thompson - 2 months ago
hello i am sir thompson edwards, It is adoption awareness week, and in Hull there are 16 children waiting for permanent families. We urgently needs new adopters family to provide a loving family care if you’re thinking about starting the adoption process then please get in contact with us at: (xxxx) sir thompson edwards #4
Cris - 5 months ago
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I want to adopt a baby from Guatemala when are they going to start letting us adopt. I m us female and can't have a baby and my boy friend has his prement visa and is from Guatemala how hard is it to get a baby ? Can someone tell me we have done ask but done get far? #5
Christina - 6 months ago
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My husband and I have a 14 year old Niece living in Guatemala (remote area). She lives with her mother (my husband's sister). Her opportunities are now limited that she finished elementary and now that she is developing into a beautiful young lady, she is at risk at being further harassed by local men. If she stays, her options will be so limited due to extreme poverty, no educational opportunity, risk of being hurt, and she has so much potential. We have bonded with her greatly each year we go to visit. Her mom and our niece have agreed for her to be adopted by us as our daughter. However, as I am doing research. I was caught by surprise that adoption is closed from Guatemala? Has this law recently changed, any updates, can we adopt now under special circumstances? What are our options? #6
Guest - 6 months ago
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Since it's a family adoption, she should be able to come here by visa and her mom sign rights to you as a legal guardian. #7
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