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September 2007Vol. 8, No. 8DNA Tests for Adoptions From Guatemala

As part of its ongoing response to concerns about irregular adoption practices in Guatemala, the U.S. Embassy there has expanded its DNA testing requirements. The Embassy already requires one DNA match between a prospective adoptive child and the birth parent at the time of relinquishment. Under the new requirement, a child adopted by U.S. citizens will now undergo a second DNA test to verify that the adopted child for whom an immigrant visa is being requested is the same child matched at the beginning of the adoption process with the birth parent.

For more information on adoption requirements from Guatemala, visit the State Department website: