August 01, 2006

Embassy requring a new form

Effective September 1, 2006, The US Embassy in Guatemala is requiring families to submit a new form. This form will need to be notarized (but not certified or authenticated) and submitted to the Embassy along with all documents required to get DNA test approval. Correction: I peviously posted that this form should probably be considered part of the dossier. I was incorrect in that and really it would most likely be sent to Guatemala with your POA.

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Posted by Kevin at 11:03 AM

March 08, 2003

Before you get too far...

Though there is a lot of information about older child adoption, adopting parents often are caught off guard. It is quite easy to listen to others that have had successful older adoptions and assume that you will have the same luck. But there is no sure-fire way to guarantee the issue-free child!

So, while I have been doing my research....I found that there are a few ways to minimize or better prepare yourself for issues:
* Find a Reputable agency - CHECK THEM OUT!!! An agency that holds your hand throughout the ENTIRE process is worth their weight in gold. Cutting corners here can leave you on your own when complications arrive!
* Who are the lawyers that they deal with? - In several countries I have found that there are lawyers that have suspended licenses still performing adoptions. The unlucky parents find themselves caught in the middle of INS complications and they have no place to turn except their lawyer. Decent agencies sometimes deal with not so great attorneys ESPECIALLY if they do not have an established program in THAT country.
* Orphanage - before accepting ANY referral, find out about the conditions in the orphanage, the circumstances of the child that lead to the adoption and the reputation. If you opt to adopt a child from an orphanage that may have had some issues, you NEED to be prepared for emotional issues with the child. Can YOU provide these children with the attention that they need to heal?!?

One COMMON MISCONCEPTION is that toddlers do not have Attachment issues or attach very easily. That is NOT necessarily the case. Toddlers can have serious attachment issues especially if the amount of nurturing or expectations throughout infancy were not adequately met. Knowing the warning signs is half the battle to choosing a course of action.

Here are some recommendations from friends that have adopted toddlers:
Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools...D.Gray
 Holding Time: How to Eliminate Conflict,...M.Welch
 Building the Bonds of Attachment...D.Hughes
The Greatest Gift...B.Buckley {Guatemalan adoption}
Whining...A.Ricker & C.Crowder

Posted by Kelly at 11:43 AM

Dossier for Guatemala

So, after the list for the Home Study, there is more to gather for the package that they send to Guatemala.

Certified Copies (Issued by Government agency):
Birth Certificate
Marriage Certificate
Divorce Decree

Notorized Documentation (must be dated same day as document date)
Record Background check (from Local Police department)
Health Letter for both
Employment letter
Name affidavits
Pestigos (Referal letter from 2 friends)

The Guatemalan government requires the originals of all documents. Also, note that you will not get any of these back. It probably wouldn't hurt to get extra copies and have both sets notorized.

Posted by Kelly at 11:24 AM


Everybody wants your fingerprints:
1st - GA requires it for a GA background check (you will do two sets each). Most states will probably require this as well.
2nd - INS-600(the feds) will require another couple of sets....but they will set the appointment for you.

No, fingerprinting at your local police station are not accepted by INS.

Atlanta INS office is located on Peachtree near Clairmont. The office is first come first serve, but you must have the "appointment letter".

According to INS (as of 8/2002), it takes only 24 hours to get clearance.

Posted by Kelly at 11:17 AM