Special Advisor for Children's Issues Ambassador Susan
Jacobs is visiting Guatemala from July 1-3 as part of a
Congressional Delegation led by Senator Mary Landrieu. The
delegation, which includes officials from the United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is meeting
with Guatemalan officials to discuss progress in resolving
the remaining intercountry adoption transition cases.
While U.S. citizens have adopted thousands of Guatemalan
orphans in the past, Guatemala announced in 2008 that it
would not accept any new adoption cases. Processing of
transition cases slowed dramatically in 2010. The
Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs' Office of
Children's Issues and the U.S. Embassy are working with the
Guatemalan authorities to resolve the remaining cases. This
is Senator Mary Landrieu's fourth congressional delegation
visit to Guatemala since April 2010.