Aug 21, 2011 10:14 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Guatemala has issued a decree to allow U.S. couples to complete adoptions that were halted midway when the country banned the process in 2007.
The decree requires that to complete the adoption, the U.S. parents must have established a relationship with the child and have had no role in any possible fraud that may have occurred. Adoptions were suspended as a result of widespread fraud.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said Sunday she will find out details of Friday's decree during her trip to Guatemala this week. She said it could mean at least 44 families will have their cases resolved, and quickly.
The State Department is currently assisting with 397 children whose adoptions were in process at the time of the ban.