Guatemala Adoption
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Frequently Asked Questions About Adopting a Child from Guatemala

Adoption Baby Guatemala

Q: Is it possible to travel and not receive a child?

A: This is highly unlikely. Unlike other adoption programs, at Adoption House a specific child is referred to you. You then find out information about that specific child. Either you or an escort from Adoption House will travel to adopt that child, and will bring that child home.

Q: How long does the adoption process really take?

A: Our agency prides itself in the efficiency with which we process applications and prepare our adoptive parents. While not every part of the adoption process is within Adoption House's control, a normal time frame from the beginning of the process until you receive your child is approximately 4 to 9 months. For persons who already have Immigration approval and a completed home study, the process can be significantly faster.

Q: Will my child be a U.S. citizen?

A: Yes, if your child is eligible for an IR-3 visa. An IR-3 visa means that you and your spouse both were present overseas to see the child before the adoption was finalized and that your child meets all other criteria for an orphan. For a single parent, your child will also be eligible for an IR-3 visa as long as all criteria are met. If this is the case, your child will automatically become a U.S. citizen once he/she enters U.S. territory. You will need to document your child's U.S. citizenship status once your child is home with you by filing an N-600 Form with the CIS and/or by applying for a U.S. passport. It is critical that you do at least one of these, but we recommend doing both in the event one document is lost.

Q: Can Adoption House work with someone outside the state of Delaware?

A: Yes, Adoption House works with families from all 50 states and U.S. families who reside outside the United States including U.S. military families. For families who live outside Delaware and Pennsylvania, Adoption House can help you identify a local licensed home study agency to perform your home study. The study can then be forwarded to Adoption House for processing.

Q: Can I adopt more than one child at the same time?

A: Yes. It is important to seriously consider adopting two children at once, but it is definitely allowed, and if it is the right situation for you we will be happy to assist you in the process. It is possible to return to Guatemala after adopting one child to adopt a 2nd or 3rd.

Q: Can I adopt if I have other children?

A: Yes.

Q: How is the health of the children?

A: Overall, children from Guatemala are in good health, but there are exceptions. Some children suffer from developmental delay, and other ailments due to improper or lack of neonatal care and poor conditions.

Q: Are boys available for adoption?

A: Yes, both boys and girls are available for adoption.

Q: What age children are available?

A: Generally children have been as young as 5 months and as old as young teenagers. We have been successful in placing children very close to the ages requested by adoptive parents, most being 6-9 months of age.

Q: Will I be on my own in Guatemala or will I have assistance?

A: Adoption House sends individuals and groups of adopters to Guatemala, generally adopting 1-5 children at a time. You will travel as individuals to Guatemala City. You will be escorted throughout the process by experienced individuals familiar with the language and customs of the country.

Q: Do I need additional legal counsel to complete the adoption?

A: Generally no. The adoption is completed in Guatemala and it is recognized here in the United States upon your return. Many families will choose a simple process of re-adoption here in the United States, which allows for the change of your child's name, the receipt of a local birth certificate and local court decree. Adoption House's attorney will be happy to complete this process if you desire.

Q: Is it necessary to travel to Guatemala and how long is the stay?

A: It is not necessary to travel to Guatemala. Adoption House has an escort service available to our prospective parents for an additional fee. A brief trip to Guatemala is recommended because the adoption can be legally completed in Guatemala. Generally the trip can be completed in approximately 3-4 days. There are exceptions that may make your trip a few days longer.

Q: Are singles eligible to adopt?

A: Single women are certainly welcome to adopt from Guatemala.

Q: How difficult is the paperwork to complete in adoption?

A: We will assist you in completing all of the paperwork required. Adoption House takes pride in assisting you with easy to follow instructions and personalized advice throughout the entire process. Adoption House also tries to make the process as smooth as possible by performing many of the tasks for you.

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