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 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 Burundi adoption process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.
If you would like more information about our Burundi adoption program, our specialized Burundi 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.
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.
In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents,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 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 2 and a half to 3 years with a referral wait time of about 1 to 2 years. 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 our Burundi adoption program.
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 training 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.