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Endemic poverty, high fertility rates, and the stigma of unwed motherhood are the major reasons that children in Guatemala are available for adoption. Guatemalan children are generally well cared for by foster mothers during the wait for adoption. Adopting parents often receive extensive information about the birth family, including names and photos. Leceta Chisholm Guibault's daughter's birthmother "said she understood adoption and that her child would be adopted by a family that could give her everything she could not... and that she loved her child."
In 2007, U.S. families adopted 4,728 children from Guatemala, making it the second most popular sending country for the year. But as Guatemala takes steps to comply with the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, the adoption process remained in flux. Early in 2008, Guatemala established a central adoption authority, the National Adoption Council. As of early June 2008, however, regulations that would fully implement the Hague Convention remained in an early draft stage. While some pending cases have been released, having gone through Guatemala's current review process, many of the estimated 3,000 in-process cases remain in limbo, and many agencies had placed a temporary hold on their adoption programs. For more information, go to the JCICS Guatemala page.
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Helpful articles from Adoptive Families Magazine:
A Complicated Privilege by Elizabeth Larsen
Connecting with a Culture by Paula Hajar
The Top 10 Secrets of Successful Adoption Travel by Carrie Howard
Adopting Internationally by Susan Freivalds
Looking for Answers by Patricia P. Suhody
Latinaand Loving It! by Mary Lynn Mitcham
To get started in Guatemala adoption:
Find an adoption agency with a Guatemala program through Adoptive Families'
a pre-adoption information meeting.
Best online information sources for Guatemala preadopters:
also Adoptive Families picks for the best websites for preadopters.
Join one of these online communities:
Guatemala Adopt, for all interested in the Guatemalan adoption procedure, families who are currently adopting, and those who have adopted from Guatemala
Guatadopt, Guatemala adoption information and news
Guatemalan Adoptions, all aspects related to adopting from Guatemala
Older Kids Guatemala, a list for parents adopting children older than age one or whose children are now older, with at least one child, from Guatemala.
Wisconsin Latin American Adoptive Families, for families in Wisconsin who have adopted from Latin America.
Latin American Adoptive Families of Wisconsin, for families who are already members of LAAF-WI and are in the process of completing an adoption.
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