Online and Other Resources on Guatemalan Adoption
This is a selected list of some resources that may interest you. It
is not intended to be comprehensive or to cover all areas; there are far
more resources than this available. As with everything in adoption,
don't take our word for it -- check out these resources for yourself and
see if they meet your needs. We do not endorse or vouch for the
accuracy of any of these sites, even when a recommendation is
specifically given. Also, remember that almost any
resource can contain errors or dated information, and that in online
discussions people sometimes speak with confidence even when they are
If you have additions to this list or see anything here which you feel
is in error please email us.
We will review your comments and include any additions or corrections in
a future update. This page last updated 06 Jan 2007.
Information below on:
Online Discussion Groups,
Government Web Sites,
General Guatemala Information,
Images and Cultural Resources,
Products for Sale,
General Adoption Information,
We expect to have an additional resource page available shortly on bilingual families and bilingualism.
Online Discussion Groups and Bulletin Boards
- Guatemala-Adopt Email List: This active email
list with over 2100 members is an excellent source for information and
networking and is the largest online resource related specifically to
Guatemalan adoption. It includes extensive archives dating back almost
nine years. To join, send an email message to email@example.com.
In the body of the message include the single line:
(without the quotes, with "firstname lastname" replaced with your
real first and last names, and with no signature). Subscription
requests are normally approved by the list managers within a day.
subscribe guatemala-adopt firstname lastname
- Yahoo Groups: There are several Yahoo
discussion Groups (http://groups.yahoo.com/) which deal with
Guatemalan adoption. The "Guatemalan_Adoption" list is
very active and is focused largely on personal support (as opposed
to information about agencies or the adoption process); it has a
strong and very visible Christian tone though there is no explicit
religious charter. "olderkidsguatemala" is relatively
inactive but has many members who have adopted older children and
who respond to questions in that area.
"GuatemalaBirthfamilies" is a new list which is a support
resource for those involved with or considering search or ongoing
birth family contact. "OlderParents" is a group for
parents who were 40+ years when they adopted a child; it includes
many Guatemalan adoptive families.
Government Web Sites on Adoption, Travel, and Immigration
Guatemala: General and Political Information
Rainbow Travel in Antigua, Guatemala is a general travel agency run by an
adoptive parent and adoption facilitator. They have specific experience
with and programs for adoptive families. They do not handle flights to
Guatemala, only in-country arrangements.
Web site for the La Ruta Maya guidebook to Guatemala and
Belize. Includes dozens of links to information about everything from
indigenous peoples of Guatemala and their languages to maps to real
estate. Spanish and English.
Guatemala: Images and Cultural Resources
Guatemala: Products for Sale
A small fair-trade wholesaler of Guatemalan crafts and textiles. Web
site includes a list of retail outlets which carry their goods. (Not
related to the mayantraditions.com site listed below.)
- http://www.globalfabric.com/: A
wholesaler of Guatemalan textiles which also sells via Ebay auctions and
occasional online specials.
- http://www.nimpot.com/: The
Antigua textile shop Nim P'ot, which holds the world's largest retail
collection of Maya textiles. This site has excellent information about
Maya textiles and the textiles produced in various locations around
Sells authentic handwoven traje (clothing) for American Girl dolls (the
Josefina doll being the hispanic doll), including huipils (traditional
Mayan blouse), corte (skirts), fajas (sash) and accessories.
A fair-trade retailer of Guatemalan crafts and textiles. (Not related
to the mayatraditions.com site listed above.)
General Adoption Information and Organizations
Comprehensive adoption agency checklist compiled by an adoptive parent.
- http://www.pactadopt.org/: Web
site for PACT, an adoption service organization in California with
dozens of excellent publications, particularly on transracial and
Legislative updates from a large west coast adoption agency, Holt
International. Has a good set of links to laws and regulations related
to citizenship, tax credits, etc.
International Concerns for Children is a non-profit organization (not an
adoption agency) which publishes an annual Report on Intercountry
Adoption with monthly updates. The web site does not provide detailed
information, but it does tell you how to order the report and monthly
newsletters, which give useful summaries of agency and country programs.
General adoption information site with a range of resources and links.
Includes photolistings, see note below*.
- http://www.rainbowkids.com/: An
adoption web site with useful information, interesting stories, and some
advertising. Lots of parents find "first person" stories (like the kind
RainbowKids prints) valuable during their research and waiting phases.
Includes photolistings, see note below*.
General adoption information site with lots of articles, resources, and
links. Includes photolistings, see note below*. Most of the
photolisted children on this site appear to be older and/or special
*NOTE: Some of these sites include
photolistings of waiting children in Guatemala and elsewhere. In most
cases we do not endorse the use of photolistings for
the placement of children, except for older and special needs children
who might not otherwise find a family. Adoptive families should
use great caution in reviewing photolistings as it is very easy
to "fall in love" with a child's photo and then be unwilling
or unable to notice significant problems in the agency's record. If you
do choose to review photolistings of waiting children we strongly
recommend that you check the agency's credentials and record thoroughly
first, before you review their listings, as you should
if the agency were sending you referrals privately.
'Are Those Kids Yours?': American Families With Children Adopted
from Other Countries by Cherie Register. Free Press, 1990; ISBN
Inside Transracial Adoption by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall.
Perspectives Press, 2000; ISBN 0944934242.
Adoption Lifebook: A Bridge to Your Child's Beginnings, A
Workbook for International Adoptive Families, by Cindy Probst. Boston
Adoption Press, 2002; ISBN 0971749604.