US withdrawal from Guatemala adoption program shatters families’ dreams

This blog post arrived in my inbox via Google Alerts. The blog name is Dreamer of Much; the writer seems to be a woman named “Brenna.” (I say “seems to be” because it’s not entirely clear from the website and I don’t want to post misinformation.)

From the moment the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the Guatemalan pilot adoption program, many families who had hoped to adopt from there were devastated. The news is especially crushing to those with a specific connection to Guatemala–according to Brenna’s blog, her family has done mission work there for years; she and her husband have met the children they hoped to adopt. One woman who reads this blog emailed me and asked “Where else will I go? My son is from Guatemala and he had hoped for a sister.”

My heart breaks for her and for Brenna and for everyone else who was hoping for a different outcome. 

The “Dreamer of Much” blog post:

“Picking up the pieces…of my broken heart. I found out this past week through an email and facebook, that the US has withdrawn its letter of intent to participate in the pilot program with Guatemalan adoptions. I randomly fall to pieces. I sobbed myself to sleep the night I found out. I had a few minutes of extreme weak faith and asked how are we going to get our kids home if our government continues to slam the doors… People have started asking if we are willing to “abandon” the idea of these kids and look more locally for adoptions. We have talked about it but neither of us feel ready to give up. These are our children. These are the ones God has called us to. I’m sure we could learn to love different kids but we don’t feel like we’re supposed to be “done” with these kids yet. So we will keep praying and waiting.”

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2 Responses to “US withdrawal from Guatemala adoption program shatters families’ dreams”

  1. cynthia rovero says:

    so very sad.

  2. Jessica says:

    The U.S. withdrawal has far-reaching ramifications, for families here and for children now living in orphanages in Guatemala. Very distressing.

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