Last week, the Associated Press reported that Guatemala ratified the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions requiring government agencies to regulate adoptions to prevent baby trafficking.
"We will avoid that adoptions become a market for buying and selling children," said Rolando Morales, chairman of Guatemala’s congressional commission on children and families.
Last year, Americans adopted more than 4,000 children from Guatemala, making it the top country for U.S. adoptions after China. But amid reports that brokers were allegedly paying or threatening Guatemalan mothers to give up their babies, the U.S. government urged lawmakers there to tighten up regulations and threatened to revoke visas for adopted babies if changes weren’t made. In March, the U.S. government urged Americans to stop adopting from Guatemala altogether.
Tell us below what you think about adoption in Guatemala. Have allegations of baby trafficking stopped you from adopting? Do you think the Hague Convention will change anything? We’d also love to hear from any parents who have already adopted from Guatemala.