Guatemala 900, still waiting

Since I began blogging, I’ve logged many posts on the group known as the Guatemala 900, American families waiting to finalize the adoptions of the Guatemalan children to whom they’ve been matched. Now numbering around 300, the Guatemala 900 cases have been stalled since the shutdown of adoptions between Guatemala and the U.S. in December 2007, nearly four-and-a-half years ago. Since then, the waiting children have remained in care in Guatemala, while their adoptive families support them from afar in the U.S.

On May 10, 2012, Senator Mary Landrieu hosted a public conference call, in which the Senator relayed information about her most recent trip to meet with Guatemalan officials to discuss the pending adoptions, and her plans to advocate for families in the future. On May 14, the State Department issued its official statement on the conference call and the current situation; you can read about it here.

In the meantime, I’ve posted two photos of my children, one taken in November 2007, and the other┬átaken a few days ago, to demonstrate how long four-and-a-half years means in the life of a child.

After hearing Senator Landrieu deliver the news of how little progress has been made in the last four-plus years, the temptation for me would have been to run sobbing from the room, giving up all hope of resolution. Yet the families of the Guatemala 900 soldier on, believing that one day soon their cases will be finalized.

I just want to say, again, how much I admire the Guatemala 900, for their loyalty to the children they understandably consider their own, and for holding fast to their dreams of providing those children with permanent, loving families.

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5 Responses to “Guatemala 900, still waiting”

  1. Heather says:

    Our daughter came home on November 1, 2007. I am so thankful for that fact and I cannot imagine what these families have been through/are going through.

  2. Gabrielle Shimkus says:

    The Kyrgyzstan 65 know your pain and we will fight with you all to get these kids home. Its not over …. <3 Hugs & Solidarity

  3. Kathryn says:

    Somehow we were so blessed and brought Nico home just weeks after the shut down in January ’08. My heart really goes out to these remaining families. May these cases be resolved and the families and children be reunited soon.

  4. Jessica says:

    Amen to you both. Let’s stand together and keep marching forward.

  5. Jessica says:

    Kathyn, Wow! Congratulations to you and your family! May resolution come soon for those who still wait.

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