April 12, 2012
Is it true this time??
President Molina announced that he's willing to allow the remaining cases to be completed. We've heard some similar things in the past, hopefully it is true this time!
Posted by Kevin at April 12, 2012 08:59 PM
Curious if there has been any true movement in the pending cases being completed. Just met a girl who told me she has a sister in Guatemala that they are adopting and she has been back 5 times to see her. The girl being adopted is 5 years old, the same age as my daughter who has been home for over 3 years. My hopes and prayers go out to all the families with children still in limbo.
I got this email today from USCIS, which I find incredible. We didn't renew our I-600A years ago, because of the cost and the futility of it all. Now they're saying our case is still open after all these years??? We still support this child by sending money monthly to the foster mother. Its painful to think we could be strung along again by the Guatemalan government.
According to our records, you filed a Form I-600 adoption petition for a Guatemalan child named XXXXXX a number of years ago, and that petition is still pending with our USCIS Guatemala City Field Office. While many families in similar situations are actively pursuing their cases, we have not had any direct contact with you this year and we are contacting you now to determine how you wish to proceed. We understand that you may no longer be pursuing this adoption and may even be unaware that USCIS still has an open case on behalf of this child. We apologize in advance if our contacting you about this case causes any distress. However, it would be extremely helpful to us if you can inform us as soon as possible about whether or not you are still pursuing this child’s adoption.
If you are still pursuing this adoption, please reply to this message saying so and provide us with your current contact information—email address(es), phone number(s), and mailing address—so that we can update our records if needed. Please also provide us with any additional information that you believe would be useful for us to know about your case, for e.g., whether you had visited your child in Guatemala, when was the last time you had contact with the child, the child’s last known whereabouts, whether you are still working with an Adoption Service Provider or Guatemalan attorney, etc. Please note: This message is simply intended to confirm your intention to pursue your adoption and gather relevant new information. We are not able to answer case-specific questions or status inquiries at this time, but will be sure to include you in an upcoming conference call for families that are still pursuing their adoptions.
If you are not pursuing this adoption, USCIS Guatemala City will need to “close” this case in one of three ways, depending on the circumstances:
· If you are no longer pursuing this adoption because you were informed that the child you were trying to adopt has died, please reply to this message and let us know. We will administratively close the case and ultimately send you notice of such closure for your records.
· If you are no longer pursuing this adoption for any other reason, please let us know by responding to this e-mail, and then:
1. You can withdraw this Form I-600 petition by replying to this message and Ccing USCIS Guatemala City: firstname.lastname@example.org
The e-mail should indicate that you and your spouse (if married) wish to withdraw Madeline ‘s Form I-600 petition. Please keep in mind though that once you withdraw, that decision is not appealable in that you cannot change your mind.
2. You can do nothing further and we will send you a Notice of Intent to Deny this petition. You will have 33 days to contest or overcome the Notice of Intent to Deny. If you do not overcome the Notice of Intent to Deny, we will then send you a Denial Notice.
Please know that none of these actions will negatively affect you or your family or your ability to adopt in the future should you choose to do so, they are simply mechanisms to reflect that this petition need no longer be pending since you are no longer pursuing, or are no longer able to pursue this adoption.
Thank you in advance for your prompt responses and attention to this matter.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Looks like some children are finally coming home - Daniel Hooker came home this week. I'd love to hear some of the stories here on Guatadopt! Please share, it has been so long since we heard some good news coming out of Guatemala.
Oh I too pray for all of the waiting children and families. I adopted my son from Guatemala in 2002 without any of these problems, and my heart breaks for all of you. I would love to adopt two more children from there should they lift the ban altogether. God bless the poor little children who are orphaned and have such a wonderful opportunity here in the USA. My son in now 13 years old and is the absolute love of my life!!