Honduras is located in Central America. The Caribbean Sea is the coastline in the north and the Pacific Ocean in the south. The capital is Tegucigalpa; the main language is Spanish although native peoples speak their native languages.
Adoption in Honduras is 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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- View available children
- Honduran children available for adoption range from 2 years of age to pre-teens.
- More boys than girls are available and families will need to be open to either gender.
- 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.
- Make application to Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
- Complete all Nightlight application paperwork and a Hague adoption home study.
- Prepare an I-800A application and be granted approval by the United State Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS). In the most basic terms, this process grants a pre-approval for you to bring an orphaned child into the U.S. as a citizen.
- Gather documents which will go through a certification and authentication process to become your dossier. (We will help you through the certification and authentication process.) This step can be worked on concurrently with the Home Study.
- Submit a letter of intent and your Dossier to DINAF through Nightlight’s attorney.
- Once your completed dossier is submitted to Honduras’ Central Adoption Authority (DINAF), it will be evaluated by the General Secretary of DINAF. After the General Secretary’s approval, your file is presented to the DINAF adoption committee who will match you with a child.
- The matching process usually takes 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. The wait time is shortened if you are adopting a waiting child.
- After you are given a match from DINAF, you will complete official referral review with Nightlight’s Social Services Department.
- Upon acceptance of the referral, Nightlight will process and submit the I-800. You will be granted approval by USCIS. This process grants approval for the adoption to move forward and gives permission for the child to immigrate into the U.S. after the adoption is completed.
- The attorney in Honduras will work with the U.S. Embassy, DINAF, and the court to assist in processing of your adoption.
- The court process takes 2 to 3 months.
- After the court process, a birth certificate and passport will be obtained and the adoption will be registered in Honduras.
- You will then travel to Honduras to meet the child, sign the adoption decree, and request a VISA interview with the US Embassy. Finally, you will bring your child home. The trip will take 2-3 weeks.
- Please note that all timelines are estimates and may vary.
There is one trip required for adoptions from Honduras. This trip is typically 2-3 weeks in length. The attorney will pick you up from the airport, accompany you to all appointments, and accompany you to the airport at your departure.
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-adoption reports and submit them to Nightlight each quarter in the first year you are home and twice per year in the 2nd year you arrive home. You will be required to submit self-reports 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 adoption reports and also requires families to pay for the cost of the post adoption report in advance. There is also a fee for translation of the adoption reports and shipment of the apostilled post adoption reports that must be paid at the time of accepting a referral.
The program fee for a Honduras adoption is $13,500. Your additional costs will include home study, USCIS approval, notary & apostille fees, airfare, hotel, in country guide, and embassy fees as shown on the fee schedule. Your out-of-pocket expenses may further be reduced if you receive scholarships, grants or employer-provided adoption benefits. For additional fee information please see Exhibit A.
Please contact Lisa Whitaker at [email protected] or call our KY office (859-263-9964) with any questions.
Honduras Adoption Program Details
- 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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