Guatemala Judge Orders U.S. Couple to Return Adopted Girl
A judge in Guatemala recently ordered a couple in America to return their adopted daughter back to her birth mother, reports CNN. According to the article, Survivors Foundation, a rights organization based in Guatemala City, supports the girls’ mother. In 2006, the group alleges the girl was kidnapped, then adopted and taken to the U.S. For many years, the girl’s parents have fought to get her back.
It is believed that the case is the first time in the country’s history that a judge has ordered a child that was living abroad be returned to Guatemala under such conditions. It is not known how much weight, if any, the judge’s ruling would have in the U.S.
The article notes that Guatemala used to be one of the most popular countries in the world for international adoptions. In 2007, the country sent over 4,500 children to the U.S. alone. However, after reports of fraud and corruption, that number has declined dramatically. Last year, only 50 children from Guatemala were brought to the U.S. for adoption. Each year in the United States, approximately 127,000 adoptions occur, which is the highest rate of adoption in the world.
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