The GFA is a charity for families living in Britain, who have adopted or are in the process of adopting children from Guatemala. Our primary goal is to support internationally adopted Guatemalan children, now living in Britain, actively to keep a connection with and understand their roots and Guatemalan culture. We are also happy to help, with our own experiences, those in the process of Guatemalan adoption.

How to Join

The GFA is a charity for families living in Britain who have adopted from Guatemala and for Guatemalan adoptees wishing to meet up or be in touch with others with a similar background and heritage. The main aim of the GFA is to actively support children and adults adopted from Guatemala and now living in the UK by organising social events and opportunities to get together and network with other families and adoptees. The GFA tries to help adoptees keep a connection with and understand their roots and Guatemalan culture. The GFA also fundraises for two charities working in disadvantaged communities in Guatemala.

There are over 120 family members in the GFA and a growing number of individual adult members. Membership provides a unique channel of communication with other families all over the United Kingdom (and some abroad) who have adopted from Guatemala/Central America and who share a wide variety of post-adoption experiences and resources in areas such as health, education, Guatemalan contacts, travel, cultural traditions and much more. Furthermore, being a member of the GFA is a great way for our children to make friends with other adoptees and also for young adult adoptees to socialise with each other and to make and maintain friendships that will hopefully last well into adulthood.

There are two types of membership:

·         Family membership

·         Individual membership for adoptees aged18 and over

As a member you will:

·         receive copies of our magazine “La Aurora”*,

·         receive invitations to regular social events, e.g., Christmas parties, dragon boat racing, weekends away, activity days, picnics,etc

·         have access to the GFA website and the Facebook group,

·         receive a membership list*,

·         be able to join a parent only e-group  for support, discussion, queries and more,

·         and be able to join a closed Facebook for Guatemalan adoptees run by the 16s and over. (N.B. This is an informal group and it is not run by or moderated by the GFA.)

(*individual members whose family have membership need to ask for their own copy of the membership list and of La Aurora)

The membership year runs from 1st January.

Annual family membership is £30 (includes an optional charity donation of £10)

Individual membership is FREE if your family has current membership

If your family does not have membership, individual membership is £10

 

Since the Guatemalan charities supported by the GFA are making excellent use of the money donated by GFA members and are always in need of more, we hope that GFA members will continue to support this charity-giving component of the GFA subscription fee.

To join the GFA, please complete the Standing Order below. If for some reason you’re unable to pay by Standing Order, please contact Alan Smith, the membership secretary, to discuss other payment options.

When completing your membership form, please also complete the Gift Aid Declaration if you are a UK tax-payer. This will allow us to claim back 25p in the pound from HMRC and benefit the work we do through our chosen charities for communities in Guatemala.

If you have any queries or problems regarding your membership application, please contact Alan Smith, our membership secretary(alan@smith.gt).

Emails don’t always arrive safely. If you don’t receive a reply from Alan or from using the “Contact Us” form or have a more general query, email Anne Partlett, (annepartlett1@gmail.com). Anne is a member of the GFA committee.

Download our Membership Application/Standing Order/Gift Aid Declaration. Files are below and also in the GFA Members Documents section.