Adopting from Guatemala
The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the advice of a licensed and qualified professional. While the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.
Guatemala Adoption Alert
National Anthem of Guatemala
Anthem of the Republic of Guatemala
Music by Rafael Alvarez Ovalle (1896) Lyrics by José Joaquín Palma (1896) SPANISH LYRICS
¡Guatemala feliz! que tus aras No profane jamás el verdugo; Ni haya esclavos que laman el yugo Ni tiranos que escupan tu faz. Si mañana tu suelo sagrado Lo amenaza invasión extranjera, Libre al viento tu hermosa bandera A vencer o a morir llamará.
Libre al viento tu hermosa bandera A vencer o a morir llamará; Que tu pueblo con ánima fiera Antes meurto q'esclavo será.
--- ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Fortunate Guatemala! May your altars Never be profaned by cruel men. May there never be slaves who submit to their yoke, Or tyrants who deride you. If tomorrow your sacred soil Should be threatened by foreign invasion, Your fair flag, flying freely in the wind, Will call to you: Conquer or die.
CHORUS: Your fair flag, flying freely in the wind, Will call to you: Conquer or die; For your people, with heart and soul, Would prefer death to slavery.
The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.
Hague Convention Information
Guatemala is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of the child’s country of origin. For more information please read Guatemala and the Hague Convention.
U.S. Embassy in Guatemala
Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10 Tel: 011-502-2326-4000 Fax: 011-502-2326-4674 Email: email@example.com Internet: U.S. Embassy Guatemala
Embassy of Guatemala
2220 R Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008 Tel: (202) 745-4952 Fax: (202) 745-1908 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures: National Customer Service Center (NCSC) Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833) Internet: USCIS
USCIS Guatemala City Field Office Email: Guatemala.Adoptions@dhs.gov Phone: 011-502-2326-4000 (ask to be transferred to USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A or I-800 petition: National Benefits Center Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local) Email: NBC.Adoptions@dhs.gov