This week we recieved some bad news from our agency. It seems that the President of Guatemala has announced that as of Jan 1, 2008 adoptions from Guatemala will be suspended. This is the date that the Hague Treaty goes into effect. This is a long and completed issue that I can not fully explain here. When we started Anika's adoption anyone who had an adoption in progress when this went into effect was going to be allowed to finish their adoption under the old rules. This week this seems to no longer be the case.
There are many many talented people working to make sure this doesn't happen. Another possible outcome is that Guatemala wouldn't put the Hague Treaty into effect until the US does which would be in the spring of 2008.
The end result of this is we are not certain anymore that we will be able to complete Anika's adoption. This is a worse case situation at this point but very possible. I have cried all the tears that I can and now is a time for action. Please help us and all other families that are hoping to adopt by signing this petition. There are currently 5000 children " in process" in Guatemala with very uncertain future's and families here that already love them. Thank you for helping us all.
http://www.jcics.org/Guatemala5000.htm This is a good summary of the situation and what we can do to help.
There is a chance that we might be out of PGN in Guatemala by the end of the year and that is what we hope for but it is just a chance and many many people are not as far along as we are.