Friday, December 01, 2006

Trouble For Guatemalan Adoptions?

Guatemala fears U.S. child adoption ban
Guatemala fears the United States could suspend child adoptions from the Central American country if it fails to implement an international treaty against child trafficking, a government official said.

The United States, by far the world's largest international adopter, plans to implement the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions next year, which would toughen standards to prevent fraud and the selling of children.

Guatemala, which ranks third after China and Russia as the most popular source of foreign adoptions, ratified the treaty in 2002 but it has yet to implement any of its requirements.

"There will be an implicit moratorium once the United States ratifies the Hague Convention," Josefina Arellano, head of child protection at the attorney general's office, said on Thursday.

The treaty would prevent the United States from adopting from any non-compliant countries, she told Reuters. "The number of adoptions could drop to zero."


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