Our Agency, Adoption Services, Inc. can help you with a domestic adoption, but we are no longer doing international adoptions due to problems that can occur in any international adoption. We are a fully licensed non-profit adoption agency that helps birth parents and families living in any state in the U.S. and we can also help U.S. citizens living in any foreign country. Since our founding in 1985, we have worked with thousands of birth parents and adopting families from all over the world and our overall satisfaction rating is excellent. We are committed to putting your needs first and to helping you in every way possible. Feel free to contact us or call (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance or help. All calls are confidential and there is never any obligation or cost to you for our help.
Regarding adoptions from this foreign country:
The U.S. adoption agency serves as the adopting family’s agent, and the Guatemalan attorney serves as an agent for your adoption agency, acting on your behalf. Adoptions by U.S. citizen parents in Guatemala are processed under a “notarial system.” Guatemalan attorneys receive and refer potential orphans to parents desiring to adopt a child. If the parents accept the referral, they will provide the attorney with a power of attorney to act on their behalf to complete an adoption.
Guatemala Fast Facts: In 2006 there were approximately 4,200 Guatemalan children adopted with 51% being female and approximately 75% under 1 year of age.
CONTACTING THE U.S. EMBASSY:
Specific questions about your Guatemalan adoption at the Embassy may be addressed by fax, or e-mail to the Immigrant Visa Unit of the Consular Section or to ICE. Please refer to page 1 for division of responsibilities between the two offices. The Immigrant Visa Unit of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy may be reached by:
Mail at: Immigrant Visas/Adoption Unit
U.S. Embassy Guatemala
APO, AA 34024
There are literally hundreds of U.S. based adoption agencies that help families adopt from Guatemala. These adoption agencies conduct anywhere from a few placements to several hundred placements every year. But bigger is not always better. The most important factors for an adopting family to consider are not how many children the adoption agencies place, but are they a fully licensed agency, are they non-profit, and do they deliver the kind of individual attention you deserve and may desire. Below I have listed a few adoption agencies to help you get started. With the exception of the agency I direct, Adoption Services, Inc., the adoption agencies below were selected in a rather random fashion from the list of adoption agencies who are members of the JCICS. While I would love to have you call and work with Adoption Services Guatemalan Adoption Program, I suggest you not only call us but several other adoption agencies as well. Make the calls, ask your questions, see if you are getting the type of attention you deserve, and then make your selection.
For more information about adoption from this country and about adoption agencies that can assist you, please visit the websites below. Prospective adoptive parents are advised to fully research any of the adoption agencies they plan to use for adoption services.
The U.S. Department of State: Guatemala Adoption and Adoption Agencies
Frequently Asked Questions: Intercountry Adoptions and Guatemala
The U.S. Department of State: Authentications Office
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Foreign travel registration
The Joint Council for International Children’s Services (JCICS) is one of the oldest and largest membership associations of licensed non-profit international adoption agencies. All of the above adoption agencies are listed as members of JCICS.
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This site is intended as a very general guide to assist adopting persons who are considering the adoption of a child from a foreign country. External links should not be construed as an endorsement of the site, the adoption agencies listed, or of the information contained within the sites
Dr Vince Berger
and the staff of Adoption Services
Adoption Services, Inc
28 Central Blvd
Camp Hill, PA 17011