Guatemala Issues Adoption Decree for Pending Adoptions

The government of Guatemala has issued a new adoption decree which may result in the completion of some pending intercountry adoptions.  Although this decree will affect  only a limited number of children, it does appear to be a significant advancement for chldren who continue to languish 4-years after the closure of intercountry adoption in Guatemala.

It is our understanding that the decree allows for the completion of the adoption if the adoptive family can demonstrate an involvement in the child’s life and had no part in any suspected fraud.

Also included in the decree is a lifting of the ban on adoption by foster parents.  This is particularly good news for those children whose adoptions were terminated when their American adoptive family chose to end the adoption process during the 2008-2011 period.

The decree is the subject of an AP article which can be found here.

We will post additional information as it becomes available.

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