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Guatemala: President to speed up 350 US adoptions

From Politico: Guatemala’s president says he’s willing to speed up 350 adoptions by U.S. couples that were in process before his Central American nation suspended adoptions by foreigners in 2007 following allegations of fraud and baby theft. President Otto Perez … Continue reading

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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.   (Photo: Lesly Mariela Vasquez Guarcas) It is apparent that even the best … Continue reading

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Update: Processing Plan for CNA Cases

The Office of Children’s Issues provides updates to interested families and adoption service providers regarding Guatemalan intercountry adoptions.  If you received this e-mail in error and do not wish to receive future updates please notify AskCI@state.gov using the subject line: … Continue reading

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Guatemala Sentences 2 in US Adoption Case

October 27, 2011 From ABC News: A Guatemalan court sentenced two women to 16 and 21 years in prison on Monday for trafficking a stolen baby who was given for adoption to a U.S. family. Special prosecutor Lorena Maldonado said … Continue reading

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Abandoned in Guatemala: The Failure of Intercountry Adoption Practices

October 19, 2011 This month a documentary by reasontv has been released regarding the elimination of intercountry adoption in Guatemala. The video shows a side of the elimination not often discussed in the media. We encourage our colleagues and friends … Continue reading

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Guatemala: US Department of State Adoption Notice – CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority

September 27, 2011 From the US Department of State: Guatemala Notice: CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority On Friday August 19, 2011, the Guatemalan Central Adoption Authority (CNA) published in the Guatemalan government’s official register a new … Continue reading

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Adoption Notice: Guatemala

CNA Processing Framework for U.S. Cases Under Its Authority September 28, 2011 On Friday August 19, 2011, the Guatemalan Central Adoption Authority (CNA) published in the Guatemalan government’s official register a new processing framework for the limited group of pending U.S. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Guatemala: Adoption Notice

06/02/2011  Adoption Notice: Guatemala Office of Children’s Issues Meeting with the Consejo Nacional de Adopciones in Washington, DC on April 14, 2011   On April 14, 2011, the Office of Children’s Issues (CI) met with: Elizabeth de Larios, President of … Continue reading

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Amercian University to host “Stolen Children: Illegal Practices in Intercountry Adoption”

The UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic at Washington College of Law, American University is presenting “Stolen Children: Illegal Practices in Inter-country Adoption and the Need for Reform” on April 4, 2011 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Joint Council’s Tom … Continue reading

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Guatemala’s Solicitor General in DC

2/17/11  Guillermo Porras, the Prosecutor General of Guatemala spent two days in Washington DC on a variety of issues including the pending intercountry adoptions in Guatemala.  On Wednesday, February 16, Mr. Porras met with Gary Cooper of the Guatemala 900 … Continue reading

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Guatemala: Update from the US Dept of State

February 3, 2011 The following is an update from the U.S Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues: Office of Children’s Issues Trip to Guatemala, December 2010 The Department’s Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, and the Chief … Continue reading

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Guatemala: US Dept of State Requesting Information from Grandfathered Cases

December 20, 2010 The Office of Children’s Issues is asking U.S. citizens with active grandfathered adoption cases in Guatemala to send a brief email to AskCI@state.gov including the name(s) of the adopting parent(s), the name and date of birth of … Continue reading

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Guatemala: US Withdrawls Letter of Interest

October 5, 2010 On October 5, 2010, the United States withdrew its letter of interest in participating in a pilot program to resume processing of intercountry adoption placements for a limited number of older children, groups of siblings, and children … Continue reading

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Guatemala: August 2010 Update

August 27, 2010 The following  has been issued by the U.S. Dept of State, Office of Children’s Issues Casa Quivira Our records show adoption petitions are still pending for about 8 of the original 46 children who were taken into … Continue reading

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Guatemala: Update on 2010 PAP Survey

August 9, 2010 Guatemala Minister Counselor Fernando de la Cerda is returning to Washington, DC on August 3, 2010 after an intense ten day trip to Guatemala which included two meetings with Guatemala President Alvaro Colom. Fernando is reporting significant … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2010 PAP survey

July 20, 2010 Two and a half years following the closure of adoptions from Guatemala, many of the families who lovingly made the decision to adopt from Guatemala continue to face unimaginable challenges. Joint Council, along with our partners at … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2009

December 4, 2009 U.S. Dept of State submits letter of intent Joint Council can confirm that the U.S. Department of State has submitted a letter of interest to the Guatemalan government regarding participation in the pilot program announced by the … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2007

December 21, 2007 Through recent dialogue with the Guatemalan government, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Congress and UNICEF, Joint Council is now highly confident that Guatemalan adoption cases currently in-process will proceed to finalization under … Continue reading

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Guatamala5000 in 2007

Can you explain the problem behind the pending crisis in Guatemala? Guatemalan President Oscar Berger has announced plans to effectively suspend all adoptions into the United States as of January 1, 2008. This leaves the lives of more than 5,000 … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2006

December 18, 2006 The U.S. Department of State has issued an update regarding the Hague Convention and Guatemala. Click here to view a copy of the report. December 15, 2006 Tom DiFilipo, President & CEO, has issued an update on … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2008

December 23, 2008 The U.S. Department of State has released the following update on Casa Quivira and Semillas de Amor cases: Casa Quivira According to our records, fourteen of the original 46 children who were living at Casa Quivira when … Continue reading

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Guatemala: 2005

November 8, 2005 IMPORTANT MESSAGE from US Citizenship and Immigration Services Joint Council is aware that families adopting from Guatemala have recently experienced increased delays while waiting to receive their pre-approval from Citizenship and Immigration Services. Today we spoke at … Continue reading

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