CCAI leads delegation to Guatemala

On April 23-26, 2011 a delegation of U.S. government officials and private business leaders participated in a fact-finding trip to Guatemala, visiting Guatemala City, Antigua, and the village of Sumpango. The delegation, led by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, had two principle purposes: to represent the U.S. families who have been waiting the completion of their transition adoption for nearly four years and to encourage the Guatemalan government to establish a child welfare system that is family-based. The Guatemalan government passed a new adoption law in 2007, and since that time has been working to implement it. International adoption from Guatemala is suspended but according to their central adoption authority (CNA) there have been approximately 400 domestic adoptions since 2007. As with all delegations, the trip included site visits, official meetings with key government officials, and opportunities to meet and interact with leaders from the private sector in Guatemala.

To read the full report from the delegation, click here.

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The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.

One thought on “CCAI leads delegation to Guatemala

  1. What an utterly depressing report! It seems nothing has changed for the better in the past 4 years. Kudos to the Senator and working group for making this trip and trying to inject some common sense and some sense of urgency into the terrible situation of international adoptions from Guatemala. Shame on UNICEF for continuing to doggedly place ideology over the welfare of children without families. UNICEF has trapped hundreds of children in underfunded, impersonal institutions and is pleased with itself for doing so. They opened their pocket book to get the laws changed but refuse to help clean up the resultant, and completely predictable, mess. The children they have sentenced to live without parental care or loving families will be psychologically damaged for life. Older children are indeed harder to place for adoption. The damage done to their psychological development by an early childhood spent in an institution is so severe that most families do not have the resources or strength to adequately parent them.
    UNICEF has ensured that the institutionalized children of Guatemala will crippled for life by being denied proper parental care. Worst of all, they are happily pursuing these same destructive goals all over the world and using the pennies of children who do have loving homes for funding!

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