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We continue to wait for Guatemala to announce any changes in the adoption process associated with the recent signing of the Hague Treaty. Reportedly there is an important meeting on Monday, June 9, 2003, in which further announcements will be made The PGN court (Procuraduria General Nacional) is still acting as the central authority for Guatemalan adoptions.
Adoption cases filed before March 5, 2003, have been slightly delayed but are continuing to come out of the PGN court.
Cases filed after March 5 are continuing through the process, but it is anticipated that these cases will have to meet some new requirements such as a psychological report from the adoptive families. The specifics of these new guidelines are still unknown, so we do not recommend that families take steps to fulfill these requirements.
Families should be prepared for requests of additional paperwork and possible delays before cases come out of the PGN.
Carolina Hope will make limited referrals of children only from orphanages or licensed group homes until we receive further notice
Crisis Pregnancy center in need of donations for the Guatemalan Program:
This is a home for women in Guatemala that are experiencing a crisis pregnancy that is able to function because of donations and needs more donations to continue operating. Please help by donating maternity clothes, pre-natal vitamins, and other items that pregnant women who live there need. These items can be sent to Carolina Hope and will be taken to Guatemala by us or another humanitarian aide organization. Carolina Hope will also be setting up drop-off points located in the Greenville, SC area.
The Guatemalan program staff is made up of a team, as we serve scores of Guatemalan clients at one time. There are many facets of the program, and we want to be sure that you get the individual attention, in the best manner possible, through a competent staff. Remember, we are just a phone call away.
The Director, Laura Beauvais-Godwin, has more than 14 years experience in adoption and is the adoptive mother of two children. Since the inception of the Guatemala program, she has been actively involved and has taken several trips to Guatemala. She communicates regularly with clients and facilitators. Her husband is an adoption attorney, who also assists the agency in setting polices. Presently he is providing the guidelines for the agency's accreditation process.
Vanessa Hartman is an attorney with six years of family law and adoption experience. Vanessa is careful to see that all aspects of the law are upheld throughout the adoption process-and she is a "stickler" for doing things right. She comes highly recommended by the Board of Carolina Hope and other attorneys because of her ability to get along well with others and her high level of competence. Vanessa has a special place in her heart for abused and neglected children and has served these special children of South Carolina as the attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program. Vanessa also serves as an Advisory board member.
The Assistant Director, Lynn Shaw, has been working for the agency for three years. She handles the finances and the bookkeeping, which is a tremendous responsibility. Lynn has dealt with hundreds of families' records and the tracking of the payments to several facilitators to Guatemala. She will see that your payments are made promptly and accurately to the facilitators and to the lab when DNA tests are done, as well to all other vendors that are part of the adoption process.
The case managers, Sarah McMullen and staff, will handle your dossier from the beginning until the end. Your dossier paperwork will be read by at least three persons in the office. In addition, each piece will be sent to the various government entities to receive the proper authentications.
Sarah McMullen has a degree in Spanish and communicates directly with the facilitators who can communicate only in Spanish. Sarah volunteers with a program with the Department of Social Services and plans to start a masters program in social work. Also, Sarah sometimes travels with Vanessa to Guatemala and will meet and talk with the facilitators and birth mothers. Sarah is also a birth mother and can share in a special way with other birth mothers her own story. Most birth mothers only speak Spanish, so Sarah is in a unique position to relate to them. In fact, Carolina Hope Christian Adoption Agency plans to provide financially for a home for unwed mothers in Guatemala in honor of Sarah.
Carolina Hope also has two secretaries on staff to handle "everything." As many an adoptive parent and attest, "Paperwork can be overwhelming," and that is what our staff is here to provide: careful consideration of every piece of paperwork from sending out the first packet of information to designing and maintaining a spreadsheet to track your case.
Carolina Hope not only has staff who are competent but who want to serve the client, children, and in many cases the foster parents and birth mothers. As a Christian organization, we also make donations to orphanages so that lives of children there can be improved by meeting their physical and spiritual needs.
There are several facilitators who work with Carolina Hope Christian Adoption Agency. In fact, we now have more opportunities than ever before. Not only are we working with more facilitators, but we also are now able to work with more orphanages. Many infants, babies and children await homes.
Guatemala has no age limit for adoption. Single women can adopt through Carolina Hope. BCIS (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services) approval is required.
A baby can be assigned to you right from birth , and if you are BCIS (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services) approved, you can receive your baby in about six (6) months. Many infants are available, older children do become available.
The process of adopting from Guatemala is relatively simple, and as long as you are qualified to adopt, then you can receive a baby or child within about nine to twelve months from starting the process.
Once BCIS (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services) approves you, you can travel in about six months to receive your child. It is a short flight to Guatemala City, and when you arrive in the airport, your host and baby will be there to meet you.
We work with a number of facilitators who work in different ways. Usually, a medical and digital photos are sent to you for you to review. Some of our facilitators do not have internet capacity therefore, pictures may come by mail. Once you accept the child, the first payment must be forwarded to the facilitator and we must have your I 171 H and G-28 in order to start DNA testing.
No, if for some reason you cannot travel, then your child can be escorted home.
The fee for the adoption of one child is $22,000, including foster care, our agency fee and dossier authentication. The fees for the program include nearly all of your costs associated with the adoption except your home study, BCIS (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services) fees, DNA testing ($450 for a child and birth mother) and your child's visa($335). Traveling to Guatemala is relatively inexpensive, Both parents or just one may go, or you can have your child escorted home. When you go to Guatemala, the only expenses you will incur are the child's visa ($335), your hotel (between $70-$100 night). Your stay can be a brief as 3 nights, your airport exit tax and your food. You need to take about $500 in cash and a credit card if you want to make other purchases. Air fare runs around $700 round trip from Atlanta, Ga. You will need to purchase a one-way ticket home for your child.
The process is simple; you can receive a baby as young as four to six months old. The children are generally very healthy. Most birth mothers do not drink alcohol; the taking of drugs is virtually unheard of. The trip to Guatemala is very pleasant. You can fly out in the morning and arrive in the afternoon. Then the next morning, you will walk a short distance to the U.S. Embassy to file your papers. The same afternoon, you go to pick up your paperwork at the Embassy. The next morning you can fly out of Guatemala City. If you can get a flight that same night, you are free to leave.
What is the Process?
A. Complete home study and I 600 A Form and receive BCIS (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services) approval.
B. Gather documents for your dossier and submit them to CAROLINA HOPE Christian Adoption Agency for certification and authentication.
C. A child is assigned to you during the adoption process.
D. CAROLINA HOPE Christian Adoption Agency sends your dossier to the facilitator and it will be translated in Guatemala.
E. About six months after your paperwork is in Guatemala, you travel to receive your child.
F. Bring your child home to the United States!
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Phone Number: 1-864-268-0570