Abandoned in Guatemala

The unintended side effects of well-intentioned legislation.

Jessalynn Speight July 15, 2014

Have you ever seen a nun with an attitude? Watch this short documentary and your dream shall be fulfilled.

This video provides some amazing insights into adoption in Guatemala. Once upon a time the Guatemala adoption rate was through the roof. Then, through much coercion, UNICEF got Guatemala to implement a law that put international adoptions to a halt.

The goal was to have children adopted within the country. The only problem is that this brought the adoptions down to MAYBE 35 a year. One of the conditions of this law is that the adoptive family is not able to know the child before adoption, and this video touches on why this is a tragedy.

I hope to see an increase in international adoptions from Guatemala and many other countries where orphans are not able to be cared for and loved on due to the sheer amount of children needing help.

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Jessalynn Speight

Jessalynn Bills Speight placed for adoption 5.5 years ago. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She placed her in the arms of an incredible family and share a wonderful open adoption. When her birth daughter was 6 months old she started a blog called www.Birthmothers4Adoption.com, 2 years later she got married to a stud muffin. She now has two kids and 2 fur babies. She resides in good ol' Utah. She started hosting retreats for adoptive couples and has now moved on to hosting birth mother retreats as well. She has presented at conferences and taught classes at women's retreats. She recently had an article in Cosmopolitan, was featured on Fox National News, The Kelly File, and several local news channels. She's helped film a documentary about adoption, a video called the Agape Project, and has blogged for many other websites and online magazines. She is an avid foodie and enjoys cooking, traveling, rescuing animals, learning about holistic healing, history, and photography.

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