We currently offer the following informational materials on Guatemalan adoption:
Adoptions and The Hague Convention There has been
considerable speculation as to what will happen for Guatemalan
adoptions when the US ratifies the Hague Convention on
Intercountry Adoption, most likely in 2007. The outcome depends
on a complex intersection of US policy, Guatemalan policy and
practice, and international legal issues. This document offers a complete
discussion with recommendations for how adoptive families can
- Choosing an Agency for
Guatemalan Adoptions : A primer for prospective
adoptive parents on ethical and other issues in choosing an
agency and evaluating agencies' Guatemala programs and
- The Guatemalan Adoption
Process: This page provides an overview of the steps in
the adoption process, including both "relinquishment" and
"abandonment" routes, and covering referral and adoption
procedures, visa issuance and travel, and escort procedures.
- Current Status of Guatemalan
Adoptions: A discussion of the current debate within
Guatemala regarding adoption, and the proposed laws which would make
changes to the adoption system.
- Guatemala Adoption Resources
: An extensive list of online and other resources. The resource
list covers topics like Online Discussion Groups, Government Web Sites,
Travel, Images and Cultural Resources, General Adoption Information,
Adoption Publications, and Books.
Other parts of this area are under construction. We hope that when complete it will include these and many other similar items:
- A survey of agency practices in Guatemalan adoption.
- Summary survey results.
- Additional frequently asked questions about Guatemalan adoption.
We are actively seeking additional Network members to help in
developing this material. If you are interested please contact our
adoption information committee at