Sep 10, 2012

Adopting Daniel: U.S. couple test new Guatemala law

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crédito de foto:Moises Castillo/AP

September 10, 2012

Source: Associated Press

It should have been good news.

The US Embassy called to say the Guatemalan government would begin to authorize adoptions five years after a scandal froze the system that sent as many as 4,000 Guatemalan children a year to the United States.

Ryan "Bubba" Hooker and his wife, Jess, might finally be able to collect the little boy they wanted to adopt and bring him home.

But Hooker wasn't sure. This would be his 36th trip to Guatemala City. The 18-month-old toddler they had met in an orphanage was now a 6-year-old kindergartener. The couple had moved homes, passed up a job, spent untold amounts of money trying to adopt Daniel.

If all went well, they were told, they would be the first US family to adopt under the Central American nation's new adoption laws.

At least, that's what they told him over the phone.


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