Suann Hibbs spent nearly a decade working to adopt three girls from Guatemala 

 

Klobuchar helped work through bureaucratic red tape and convince Guatemalan officials to approve the adoption and met with the family when they were finally reunited in Minnesota this April

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today recognized Suann Hibbs from Edina as an honoree of the 2014 National Angels in Adoption Program. Hibbs spent nearly a decade working to adopt three girls from Guatemala. Klobuchar helped work through bureaucratic red tape and convince Guatemalan officials to approve the adoption and met with the family when they were finally reunited in Minnesota this April.

“Suann spent seven years and 30 trips to Guatemala fighting to adopt her three girls,” Klobuchar said. “This incredible dedication to her adoptive children from Guatemala stands as a powerful example of the many families in Minnesota who are making a difference in the lives of children. I was happy to help reunite this loving family, and am glad Suann received this well-deserved honor.”

Hibbs tried to adopt her three girls—Savanna, Sophia and Sydney— in 2006, but the Guatemalan government held the adoption after discovering that a baby broker falsified their birth certificates. Soon thereafter, Guatemala put a hold on all international adoptions. Hibbs continued fighting to adopt the girls while they bounced from orphanage to orphanage.

Klobuchar stepped in to help press the Guatemalan government on her behalf. She met with the Guatemalan Ambassador to the United States to encourage him to finalize international adoptions for American families, including Hibbs. She also headed a letter to the Guatemalan solicitor general urging him to complete Hibbs’ adoption.

Hibbs, who was nominated for this recognition by Klobuchar, was honored at a ceremony organized by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). The Angels in Adoption program is a CCAI public awareness campaign that provides an opportunity for members of the U.S. Congress to honor constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans. The program also helps draw attention to the needs of orphans and to the importance of adoption in providing all children loving and permanent homes.

PHOTO CAPTION 1 and 2: Senator Klobuchar in her office in Washington D.C. honoring Suann Hibbs and her children from Edina. Klobuchar nominated Hibbs as a 2014 National Angel in Adoption.

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