In The News – “The Wheat and the Weeds”

The following article about a little girl’s Guatemala900 international adoption recently appeared in Guatemala’s Prensa Libre newspaper….

Click here to see original article in the Prensa Libre.


Lesly Mariela Vasquez Guarcas(Photo: Lesly Mariela Vasquez Guarcas)

It is apparent that even the best intentions can destroy the life of a child and its waiting parent, entangling them in the weeds of bureaucracy.

The desire to prevent child trafficking cannot be an excuse to ruin the life of an orphan, snatching it from the arms of a waiting parent who is willing to provide the shelter and care of a family with warm and individual love, giving the child instead a life sentence in a “children’s shelter,” by its very definition a temporary shelter, incomplete and even, in the long run, harmful. It is a sin.

It is a sin that the legal dictatorship, caught up in paroxysms of paranoia about the commercial trade of children—something that we all abhor and reject—has at last given birth to a monstrous law with so many flaws in its DNA.

From the start, this legal whining is responsible for having reduced the numbers of children being adopted to almost zero. So, we pulled up not only all the weeds but also the wheat. Ergo: we threw out the baby with the dirty bathwater.

The worst. The mistakes, delays and disorder in processing the “good” cases, which are not weeds, has created an inhumane dam of pending adoptions of such magnitude that support groups have even formed to protest the PGN (Attorney General) and the Misterio Publico (MP) in Washington D.C..

A case in point: Lesly Mariela Vasquez Guarcas. Her record of adoption has been approved by the PGN since April, 2009. But, oh! Bureaucratic nonsense! The final paperwork included a typo in the child’s surname and the case was resubmitted for correction.

Second mistake: Because Primavera, where the girl was living, was raided following the case of a child who was stolen and submitted for adoption with another identity, PGN decided to “send all cases of children living in this home to the MP for continued investigation.” In Lesly’s case, the MP did not find any abnormalities, and concluded their investigation, but—third mistake—CICIG said the work of the MP had not been effective and they decided to repeat the investigations yet again.

Fourth mistake: Last week they called for the biological mother, held her for four hours in a locked room and, under psychological pressure, illegally forced her to say that there were anomalies in the child’s notarial record; she was born in Guatemala City, but registered in Retalhuleu. So what? No matter that the mother had repeatedly stated her desire to give her daughter up for adoption and that there were three DNA tests confirming maternity.

A girl. A waiting adoptive mother. Multiple trips. Expenses. The desire to provide maternal love frustrated. Three years living in an orphanage.

The cruelty of the weeds in all their glory.

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