Fostering Hope – Child Sponsorship
Looking for a way to give back? Children of All Nations’ Fostering Hope program is currently seeking sponsorship for several Burundian Children. Your contribution will go to support their orphanage or foster home care, nutrition, schooling, therapies and medical care based on their individual needs. In return, sponsors receive regular updates and photos on their sponsored children and get to see firsthand the difference that they are making. Visit our Fostering Hope page to make your contribution today!
The East African country of Burundi started as a German colony, and later became a Belgian colony after World War I. Though it is a small country, it has one of the highest population densities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and one of the highest birthrates in the world. Its total population is about 10.5 million total people, who mostly live in the rural areas. The population of the capital city of Bujumbura is only about 331,000 people.
Burundians mainly make their living through agriculture, which is why most of the population lives in rural areas. Coffee makes up 93% of Burundi’s exports, while other agricultural products include cotton, tea, maize, sorghm, sweet potatoes, bananas, manioc (tapioca), beef, milk, and hides. Burundi’s climate is very fertile, making it fairly easy to grow food products and maintain cattle.
Burundi is still one of the top 5 poorest countries in the world, with 80% of its population living below the poverty line. Although on the decline, HIV continues to be a problem in Burundi as well. According to unaids.org and UNICEF there were an estimated 89,000-120,000 children orphaned in 2012 due to AIDS.
Children of All Nations is proud to be one of the few U.S. agencies working hand-in-hand with Burundi’s adoption authority to help improve the lives of Burundi’s children. Burundi’s adoption authority handles the adoption process in conjunction with Burundian courts. Burundi is party to the Hague Convention on protection of children. CAN’s reliable in-country team members will accompany you during your travel to Burundi, and help ensure your adoption process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.
If you would like more information about our program, our specialized adoption consultants are standing by to help! Call us today at (512)323-9595 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children available for adoption from Burundi range from toddlers to older children. Burundian children are of African descent. Most children will have brown eyes, black or dark brown skin, and black or brown hair. Children are available for adoption due to extreme poverty, abandonment, or death of one or both parents in most cases. As this is a pilot program, CAN will only be accepting applications for five families who wish to adopt a child 3 years old or younger until we evaluate how the program moves forward.
When adopting from Burundi, consider you will be adopting the following:
Families considering adopting a child will have access to the child’s background and medical information before travel. In most cases, additional information is available upon request.
There are over 500,000 orphans in Burundi, and at least 4,500 of them are in orphanages around the country. These orphanages hold anywhere from 20 to 100 children, and are all over the country in rural areas, although many are centralized in Bujumbura. The children’s diet is primarily rice and beans, thus malnutrition can be a major issue. While some orphanages may have nicer facilities than others, children almost always share beds, clothes, shoes and other basic necessities.
Children of All Nations is currently raising money to fund our Goats and Gardens project for Burundian orphans in 4 orphanages around the country. For more information on how you can help alleviate malnutrition for these children and support our project, please visit http://childrenofallnations.com/charity/goats-and-gardens-for-burundi-orphanages/
In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parent(s),Burundi has the following requirements. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from Burundi, or you are unsure, we may be able to work with you. Please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation.
Burundi’s adoption eligibility requirements are subject to change per the country’s adoption laws. CAN updates these guidelines as necessary.
The time frame to complete international adoption from Burundi is currently estimated at about 14 to 30 months, depending on the time families take to complete their dossier paperwork, their preferences for age and special needs, and country processes. This time frame is subject to change; please consult CAN for the most current processing times for your adoption from Burundi.
1. Application and Approval
2. The Paper Chase
To ensure that prospective adoptive parents are prepared for their international adoption journey, our agency requires that parents complete 10 hours of adoption training as mandated by the Hague Convention. To satisfy these hours, we have developed an online parent training program that we are proud to include in CAN’s service plan. For an overview of the program, please click here. Please contact your Adoption Consultant at CAN for more information about international adoption from Burundi.
3. Identifying a Child(ren)
4. Picking up Your Child(ren)
5. Post Adoption Requirements
CAN offers our families a Elite Dossier Service to ease their adoption paper chase and to give assurance that their dossiers are correctly assembled for submission. CAN also provides Online Hague Parent Education Courses to help adoptive parents meet the minimum credit hours required by the Hague Convention. These services, along with the other amenities available to CAN families, are designed to make your international adoption process as effortless and enjoyable as possible. These fees are not included in any item listed above.
The international adoption process requires proper document preparation, filing and approval with the USCIS. Adoptive families are responsible for paying the set fees associated with each step. International adoption also involves traveling to the foreign country from which you are adopting. Travel costs include airfare, accommodations, meals and ground transportation, in addition to the requirements for your child(ren)’s entry into the US (visa and its required medical exam, as well as airfare). All fees are set by and are paid to third parties and may vary from case to case. These fees are not listed above.
Children of all Nations’ Burundi program is a pilot program. Families interested in this program must be aware that because this is a pilot program there are increased risks. These risks include, unexpected changes in referral time frame, change in the process, and change in children available.