Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Social Work

Document Type



The recent growing popularity of intercountry adoptions between the United States and Guatemala has increased opportunities for corruption. As a result, policies have been created in order to decrease instances of corruption. The current policy recently ratified by the United States is the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, which makes strides toward improving the situation, but at a cost. The anticipated ratification of the Hague in 2008 has led to a reduction in the number of adoptions between the United States and Guatemala and all adoptions ceased once the U.S. implemented the convention. This study analyzes current opinions concerning the Hague and whether or not it will be effective in alleviating the corruption which has tainted the Guatemalan intercountry adoptions system.


Latin American Studies | Other Medicine and Health Sciences | Social Welfare