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September 27th, 2007, 12:22 PM
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Dear Friends,

The Department of State issued a very serious warning about Guatemalan adoptions on September 25, 2005. It not only urged prospective adoptive families not to begin a Guatemalan Adoption but it also stated that when Guatemala becomes a Hague country on January 1, 2008 in process cases (cases that have no been completed) will not be grandfathered in under the current adoption laws and may not be able to be completed. The full report can be read here http://travel.state.g... The Department of State has not taken steps in protecting American citizens who are currently waiting for their adoptions to finalize. I am urging all of my families and friends to take a stand to demand that the US takes action to protect families who are waiting to bring their child home.

There are two bills in the Guatemalan Congress that would make Guatemalan adoptions Hague compliant. However one of the Bills, Bill 3635 that will allow Guatemalan adoptions to continue and is also Hague compliant is being ignored. Instead the DOS and the Hague are promoting the Oretega Law #3217 which includes no funding plan or a plan for implementation. This means that babies that would have been eligible for adoption would have no place to go.

Other children deserve the opportunity to live in a loving, safe, and healthy environment like our precious Emery and Lillie. Please take a moment to sign this online petition sponsored by Focus on Adoption. Please forward this online petition to anyone you know to help spread the word today!

HERE IS THE PETITION:
Guatemalan Adoptions & DOS Acountability http://www.petitiononline.com/foafoa1/petition.html

I have been told that 6 letters have been written so that we can begin contacting Senators, Congressman, President's office, and Department of State officials. I will email you with those links as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your help!
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September 27th, 2007, 01:27 PM
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WOW! Thanks for sharing this, I will go and sign the petition!
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September 27th, 2007, 06:17 PM
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I know I have never posted here before but I felt the need to today. My father and step mother are currently in the process of trying to adopt a little boy from Guatemala right now. They are so close. Here is a letter that you can copy and paste into an email to try and help. Thanks soooo much!!!!


Simply cut and paste the addresses listed below into a new email:

AdoptionUSCA@state.gov
Guatemala.Adoptions@dhs.gov
adoptguatemala@state.gov

In the Subject field type: US DOS Announcement

Then, cut and paste the following message into the message field, sign
your name and SEND! I know it's a lot to ask, but if you could also
send this to anyone you think would help, I would really appreciate
it. I've certainly forwarded much less important emails thinking I'd
be struck by lightening if I didn't. Thank you VERY MUCH!!!



September 26, 2007


Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing in immediate response to the recent announcement made by
the U.S. Department of State (DOS) with respect to inter-country
adoption from Guatemala. This warning was posted on Sept 25th and you
can read this warning at: http://travel.state.
gov/family/adoption/country/country_389.html

This announcement advises that Guatemala has stated that it will
become a Hague Convention country on January 1, 2008. Guatemalan
officials have informed the U.S. DOS that Guatemala plans to require
cases pending or filed after December 31, 2007 to meet Hague standards,
even if the adoption procedures commenced before that date. They have
also informed DOS that they will not process adoptions for non-Hague
member countries after December 31. We understand this to mean that
Guatemala will stop processing adoptions to the United States.

This poses a few URGENT questions and concerns:

1. Who were the Guatemalan Officials that informed the DOS of this?
2. What is the definition of "pending" cases? Did the Guatemalan
officials specifically state that cases in process will not be
grandfathered in under the old procedures but will be required to
follow the new procedures or worse yet, will not be allowed to
continue?

3. Why is DOS ignoring the clear requirements of the Hague Convention?

4. Is the DOS saying that they refuse to protect or help American
Citizens who were issued a 171 H by OUR government to adopt from
Guatemala and entered into a "good faith" agreement with this
foreign country? Are we on our own?

6. Why is DOS failing its mandate under the Hague Convention to ensure
that adoptions proceed expeditiously and according to the terms of
existing law?

7. Why is DOS supporting passage of a law (The "Ortega law") which
would render intercountry adoption theoretically possible but
practically impossible and place children in jeopardy?

These are children we are talking about. Children that our citizens
have fallen in love with, visited and cared for. Children that US
Citizens have called our own since the day we saw their referral
pictures. We need a plan for both countries to act in the best
interests of the children. What is that plan?

It is hard to see in this announcement how the DOS is acting in the
best interests of its citizens and their prospective adoptive children.

Please make this a matter of priority for your office to address this
with the U.S. Department of State and support our families during this
incredibly bleak and difficult time. We urge you to do
everything in your power to ensure US Citizens are protected, and can
move forward to finalize the adoption of their children who are waiting
for them in Guatemala.

Sincerely,





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September 27th, 2007, 07:54 PM
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Done and done! Thanks ladies, I will pass this on to some other groups I'm on as well!
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