Valentines to Guatemala: Heavy-hearted US Adoptive Families Reach out to the Guatemalan Children they Desperately Love and Wait For

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February 14, 2011 will mark the fourth Valentine’s Day, at a minimum, for hundreds of US families awaiting the homecoming of their adoptive children from Guatemala. The Guatemala900, a family initiated campaign dedicated to bringing home the hundreds of children caught in a political nightmare, is hosting a heart-wrenching collection of expressions of love this month. In the spirit of Valentines Day, the entire month of February will be devoted to showcasing love letters written by the adoptive families to their waiting children. A daily valentine will be posted from a waiting family: http://www.guatemala900.org

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A right delayed is a right denied. - MLK

Families of Guatemala900 have been waiting more than three years, some many more, for the resolution by the Guatemalan Government of their adoption cases. When the laws for processing adoption changed in January of 2008, many cases fell into a black hole of bureaucracy and politics. As the stories in the letters portray, there are hundreds of broken hearts: parents waiting to embrace, love, and nurture their children and hundreds of children who long to escape institutional life and belong to a family.

All those associated with Guatemala900 believe in the sanctity of family and promote fair and ethical adoption practices. Families are committed to the children of Guatemala; they are proud of their heritage and embrace the beauty of their country of origin. Families entered into these adoptions in good faith with the expectation that their rights to a fair adoption process and their adoptive children’s rights to a family would be protected and honored by the U.S. and Guatemalan Governments.

The families of the Guatemala900 have initiated several noteworthy actions in their quest for Due Process including: a march in Washington D.C., meetings with UNICEF, a letter to Secretary of State Clinton signed by 53 Senators and Congressmen, and a Congressional Briefing in May, 2010 attended by over 30 families, over 30 representatives of Congress, members of Department of State, UNICEF, and multiple notable adoption advocacy and special interest groups. They continue to work with U.S. and Guatemalan Government agencies to advocate for fair adoption practices and protected rights of the children. But there has been no breakthrough.

Resolution of these cases remains at a standstill but the love does not. Waiting parents love letters may be read at http://www.Guatemala900.org.

Please see http://www.Guatemala900.org for further details and updates

Press Contact for Guatemala900: Gary J.Cooper, 917.969.0203, gary(dot)cooper(at)guatemala900(dot)org.
Mr. Cooper will be able to provide the press with photographs and families who are in-
process for interviews.

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