Not flesh of my flesh
nor bone of my bone
but still miraculously my own.

Never forget for a single minute
you didn't grow under my heart
but in it!

Friday, March 28, 2008

What is PGN?

PGN is responsible for reviewing each adoption case and determining whether a case is ready to be approved. The US Department of State states, “The PGN scrutinizes the adoption case for signs of fraud or irregularities before providing its approval of the adoption. Upon receiving PGN approval, the adoptive parents in the U.S. are legally responsible for their child(ren). The attorney obtains final approval from the Guatemalan birth mother and then requests a birth certificate listing the adoptive parents as the parents of the adopted child.”

Two reviewers individually review the file for each case and then it is sent to the PGN director's office to be signed. After the PGN signs off, the "Escritura Final de Adoption" is issued. The adoption is considered complete from the standpoint of the Guatemalan government.

Very few cases go through PGN without a “previo” or “kick out”. This occurs if the PGN reviewer sees any irregularities in the file. They will stop reviewing the file and return it to the attorney for corrections.

The PGN review is the most important step in the process. Once PGN approval is received the end is in very clear sight!

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