United States adoptions from Guatemala

in Transnational Crime

2007 was the last year that parent in the United States could legally adopt children from Guatemala. The practice ended that year due to illegal adoption and child trafficking concerns. Other developed countries previously halted adoptions from Guatemala in 2002.

In 2007, there were 4,726 Guatemalan children who were adoption by United States couples. The attorneys involved in the process in Guatemala made about $35,000 per case.

In 2011, the Guatemalan government announced that it will begin reviewing adoptions cases from that time period to find cases where the child trafficking.

  Source: Meredith Hoffman, “Amid Allegations of Human Trafficking, Guatemala to Review Adoptions,” New American Media, August 24, 2011.

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