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Guatemala Update for 2010

CNA’s announcement of a Two-year Limited Pilot Program

On November 20, 2009 the Department of State received a letter from the Guatemalan National Council on Adoptions (CNA) – the Guatemalan Central Authority — announcing its intention to launch a limited two-year pilot program that will allow for the adoption of a small number of older children, groups of siblings, and children with special needs.  The CNA invited the Central Authorities of Hague Convention partner countries to express interest in participating in this program, in which no more than four countries will be chosen to participate among countries that express interest.  The program is designed to re-open Guatemala’s intercountry adoptions while ensuring compliance with the Hague Convention.  The CNA has so far provided little detail about how the pilot program would function.

The Department of State, after consultation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), sent an expression of interest in the pilot program  to the CNA. Although we remain deeply concerned about the history of malfeasance in intercountry adoptions from Guatemala, we responded positively because of our strong interest in assisting Guatemala to reform its adoption system.

This expression of interest on the part of the United States does not mean that new adoptions from Guatemala will start any time soon, and prospective parents should not make any plans to start new adoptions in Guatemala at this time.  Our expression of interest does not in any way signal that DOS has found Guatemala’s intercountry adoption procedures in compliance with the Hague Convention on Adoption.  There is no pilot program yet, only a statement of intent from the CNA to start one.  Although the United States has expressed interest in learning more about the proposed pilot program, we cannot commit to participating until we know more about the details of the program.  We do not know if the CNA will accept the United States as one of the participants.  We also cannot predict how the pilot program will affect grandfathered cases currently being processed by the Guatemalan government.

We will keep you updated on how the Guatemalan pilot program develops and whether the United States will be a participant.

Information take from here

January 11, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. i am interested in adopting siblings from guatemala so i would appreciate any info that you could pass along. thank you so much.

    Comment by jenniffer tomas | August 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Sadly, Guatemala is currently closed. See the statement below:

      The Guatemalan National Council on Adoption (CNA) announced in September 2008 that CNA will not accept any new adoption cases at this time. The halt is to enable CNA to work on establishing guidelines to use in accrediting adoption agencies and to focus on completing transition cases. More information about CNA’s decision may be found on its website,

      So, until they re-open, you will not be able to proceed with your plans.

      Comment by adoptionupdate | August 17, 2010 | Reply

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