Reason.TV producers Paul Feine and Alex Manning took a trip to Guatemala in 2011 to discover why the government called a halt on international adoption. They wanted to see if there was anything that could be done about it.
They found that the intention, in 2007, was for more Guatemalan families to adopt orphans. They thought that by shutting down international adoption, more Guatemalan orphans would find homes in their own country. But that didn’t happen. In fact, in 2011 only 35 children were adopted into Guatemalan families. That’s a horrible decrease from the previous 5,000 children each year that were adopted internationally.
Abandoned in Guatemala — The Failure of International Adoption Policies is a film produced with the purpose of bringing awareness to the world about international adoption. It is the hope of the makers of this film that more orphans will find forever families, whether in their own countries or abroad.