Honduras is a Central American country with Caribbean Sea coastlines to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The Capital is Tegucigalpa; the main language is Spanish although native tribes speak their native languages.
Adoptions in Honduras are completed through a collaborative effort that includes a Honduran attorney working directly with the Honduran Central Authority called Direcciόn de Ninez, Adolescencia y Familia translation The Department of Children, Adolescents, and Family (DINAF), the government agency that authorizes all domestic and international adoptions. DINAF ensures that the child is eligible for adoption and no biological family members are willing and able to care for the child.
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- Honduran children available for adoption range from 3 years of age to pre-teens.
- Both boys and girls are available for adoption, with no preference given to either sex.
- Children are either Caucasian or of Hispanic ancestry.
ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT
- Married couples and single women may adopt from Honduras.
- Applicants must be between 25 and 60 and must be at least 15 years older than the child they wish to adopt.
- Married couples must be married a minimum of 3 years and Honduras will accept no more than 2 divorces per applicant.
- Honduras gives preference to couples with less than 3 children currently in the home.
- Make application to Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
- Begin your adoption home study and submit form I-600A to USCIS.
- Submit a letter of intent and Dossier to DINAF through Nightlight’s attorney.
- DINAF will confirm that the adoptive family has been approved by the USCIS to adopt a child and that they have a completed home study. Once your completed dossier has been evaluated, the case is presented to the DINAF adoption advisory council for a final decision on the adoption.
- For children under 5 years old, the adoptive parents will be notified of a referral approximately 24 months to 36 months after the dossier is submitted. The younger the child you wish to adopt, the longer the wait for a referral. Families interested in adopting children over the age of 5 years old, can expect a referral within 12 to 24 months of registering their dossier in Honduras. The wait time is shortened if you are adopting a waiting child.
- Approximately 2 to 4 weeks after the adoptive parents accept their referral, they will prepare for their 1st trip to Honduras. The trip will be approximately 7 days long. During this trip, the prospective adoptive parents will meet with DINAF for personal interviews with the social worker and psychologist. Adoptive parents will also meet their referred child and attend the first court meeting.
- The court process takes 2 to 3 months, and most families will want to travel back to the US during this time. For those choosing to make a 2nd trip, you will travel again in about 2 to 3 months. The 2nd trip will take 6 to 8 weeks. During this trip you will obtain the court decree, register your adoption with the Honduras authorities, obtain your child’s new birth certificate and passport, and file for your child’s US visa. Finally, you will bring your child home.
- Please note that all timelines are estimates and may vary.
Adoptive families will make at least 1 trip to Honduras. It is possible to make only one trip but families would need to be prepared to stay in Honduras for at least 5 months. Once the final decree of adoption is issued, the family then begins the final process through the US Embassy to obtain a visa for their child to return to the US.
The in-country stay gives you time to visit and bond with your child. It is amazing to see how children change while receiving one on one attention from their parents. The bonding process is very important, and being in the country allows your child to transition from being in an orphanage to being with you, his new family.
Within 30 days of your arrival home, you must have a home visit by your home study provider. Your first written report will be required 3 months after the child comes home. Additionally, your home study provider will prepare post-placement reports and submit them to Nightlight each quarter in the first year you are home, twice per year in the 2nd year you arrive home, and then 1 time per year until your child is 18 years of age. These reports include your child’s developmental progress and pictures. This is a very serious commitment; Nightlight is committed to showing DINAF and birth families that children adopted by US citizens are healthy and well cared for. Compliance with post adoption reports is also required by Honduras. Therefore, Nightlight charges a fee to monitor and process these post placement reports and also requires families to pay for the cost of the post placement report in advance.
The program fee for a Honduras adoption is $13,500. Additional estimated expenses of $16,910 – $28,920 will bring the total cost to approximately $30,410 – $42,420. In addition, your out-of-pocket expenses may further be reduced if you receive scholarships or other employer-provided adoption benefits. For additional fee information, please see Exhibit A.
Please contact Lisa Whitaker at LisaW@nightlight.org or call our KY office (859-263-9964) with any questions.
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Honduras Adoption Program Details
- Program cost will range between $30,410 – $42,420.
- Children will be 3 years of age or older
- Parents age must be at least 15 years older than the child they are adopting.
- Referral time is typically 12-24 months depending on the family’s openness to age, gender, and special need
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