Thursday, April 12, 2012

Boots On The Ground

This week, a delegation of U.S. Congressional representatives led by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, are in Guatemala meeting with the adoption entities there to once again advocate for our children.

Sen. Landrieu met with Guatemala's new president, President Otto Perez Molina yesterday to discuss the need to resolve these adoptions as soon as possible. Here is a press release regarding the meeting: 

Guatemala President to Proceed on 350 Adoptions for US Parents Stuck in Limbo After Ban

By Associated Press, Published: April 11
GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s president says he’s willing to speed up 350 adoptions by U.S. couples that were in process before his Central American nation suspended adoptions by foreigners in 2007 following allegations of fraud and baby theft.

President Otto Perez Molina said Wednesday he hopes to resolve those cases after meeting with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who has been traveling to Guatemala to push for the adoptions to go through.

The government issued a decree last August approving adoptions that had been fully arranged before the ban, but it applied to only 44 cases.

Guatemala was once a top source of adopted children for U.S. couples, with more than 4,000 a year. The U.N.-created International Commission Against Impunity studied 3,000 adoptions and found irregularities such as falsified paperwork and fake birth certificates.

We are anxious to find out what this means and will remain cautiously optimistic that he means what he says.

We are T-minus 26 days until our next Court hearing on May 8th. Since we were in Guatemala in February, many, many negative and potentially damaging things have taken place there that could possibly affect our case. At this point, we have no way of knowing. Hopefully the meetings taking place this week with the U.S. delegation will negate all the negative activities and insure forward movement for all the cases.

We're asking for specific prayer for Sen. Landrieu, her delegation and all the Guatemalan adoption representatives. Please pray that this visit will make a definite impact that will insure a direct path to let our children come home. Soon.

                               Olivia is waiting.


1 comment:

Christy B said...

Oh wow! This is getting moving and I pray that it would be in the right direction! Praying for the senator as she meets with the president there! Praying for Olivia to be safe and well loved till she can come home to you permanently! Love you guys!