Deciding to adopt a child from Guatemala felt like a very natural decision given my long term connection with that country. I knew there were many thousands of women unable to care adequately for their children due to extreme poverty, lack of government social services, gender inequalities and “machismo,” but I also knew there was tremendous controversy swirling around Guatemalan adoptions, with organizations like UNICEF leveling serious charges of child trafficking and baby buying. As I started to research in order to decide myself whether to move forward with adopting, I became more aware of the huge amount of disinformation, rumors, unfounded charges and outright lies surrounding the adoption debate.
Goodbye Baby is my attempt to place the adoption phenomenon within a socio-political, economic and cultural context. While I could not hope to make a documentary that remained up to date with changes in the adoption process and laws, I did want to offer viewers a chance to go deeper into some of the issues and appreciate the overwhelming complexity of locating children needing families from one country and placing them with people wanting to parent from another country.