Honduras Adoption

This program currently has limited availability. Please contact the International Adoption Consultants at Children of All Nations to learn about similar programs.

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About Honduras Adoption

Honduras is a beautiful Central American country bordered by Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, with coasts on the Caribbean and Pacific. In 1502 Christopher Columbus was the first European to land on the Bay Islands of Honduras. Originally settled by the Spanish for silver mining purposes, Honduras eventually gained its independence in 1821. Since then, the United States became a major factor in the Honduran economy when it opened the fruit companies for banana exports, which eventually brought many other Caribbean immigrant workers into the country. Though these immigrant workers from Jamaica, Belize, and other places spoke English, the national language remains Spanish.

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, and children are vulnerable to violence, sexual exploitation, trafficking, sex tourism, and child labor. About one third of babies are malnourished, and we hope through this adoption program, we can help keep Honduran orphans safe, healthy, and provide them with a loving home and family.

Governance of Honduran Adoptions

Honduras is not party to the Hague Treaty on international adoptions. The adoption authority in Honduras is the Honduran Institute for Children and Family (IHNFA), which handles the adoption process in conjunction with Honduran courts. Children of All Nations is directly accredited by IHNFA and works with a reputable law firm to handle all adoption cases successfully in court. Our in-country staff will take great care of you while you travel to Honduras for your adoption.

If you would like more information about our Honduras program, call an adoption consultant today at (512)323-9595 or send us an email.

Children Available

Children available for adoption from Honduras range from babies to older children. Honduran children are usually of Hispanic descent. Most children will have brown eyes, light or dark brown skin, and black or brown hair. The children in Honduras come from a culture that prides itself on hospitality and kindness to others. Children are available for adoption due to poverty, abandonment, or death of one or both parents, in most cases. When selecting a child, consider that you may adopt the following:

  • Boys and girls 18 months and older
  • Children with special needs and older children
  • Two or more siblings at one time

Families considering adopting a child will have access to the child’s background information before travel. In most cases, additional information is available upon request.

If you would like more information about adopting from Honduras, please give us a call today at (512)323-9595 or send us an email.

Honduras Adoption Requirements

In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parent(s), Honduras has the following adoption eligibility requirements. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from Honduras, or you are unsure, please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation regarding your Honduras adoption.

  • Citizenship: One Adoptive parent must be a US citizen.
  • Age: Adoptive parents must be between 25 and 50 years of age and at least 15 years older than the adoptive child. In special circumstances, one parent may fall within this range if the other does not.
  • Marriage Status: Married couples should be married at least 3 years. There are no specific prior divorce restrictions, but multiple divorces may reduce your chances of eligibility. Single women may also adopt a child of either gender.
  • Income: There is no minimum income required. However, you must meet the income requirements provided by USCIS for the child to immigrate.
  • Medical: If you take prescription medicine or have a medical condition, please contact our adoption consultant to determine your eligibility.
  • Previous Children: There is a preference of no more than 3 children in the home. Children in the home must be 3 years old or older.

Honduras adoption eligibility requirements are subject to change per Honduras’ adoption laws. CAN updates these guidelines as necessary.

If you would like more information about our program, call today at (512)323-9595 or email us.

Adoption Timeline

The time frame to complete international adoption from Honduras is currently approximately 20 to 36 months, depending on the time families take to complete their dossier paperwork, their preferences for age and special needs, and country processes. The wait for a referral is generally 1 to 2 years. This time frame is subject to change; please consult CAN for the most current processing times for your adoption from Honduras.

The Process

1. Application and Approval

To adopt a child, please complete our agency application. For your convenience, you may access the application online. If you have any concerns about eligibility requirements, please contact us before filling out this application. We will review your eligibility to adopt from Honduras based on the guidelines of the country’s adoption eligibility requirements once we have received your application. If approved, we will provide you with our agency contract that outlines our fees, services and important information regarding the international adoption process. If you would like to learn more about fees before signing a formal contract, we will be happy to send you a sample contract to review. Upon receipt of your signed contract, CAN will start to provide placement services for a child from Honduras.

2. The Paper Chase

Once your agency contract is in place, you will be assigned to an adoption counselor and begin assembling your dossier. This will include a home study, which will assess your readiness for international adoption from Honduras and help prepare you for adoptive parenthood, filing with USCIS for international adoption approval, and gathering your necessary dossier documents. These dossier documents must go through the appropriate notarization and authentication processes. Your dossier will be reviewed and assembled at our headquarters in Austin, TX, before being sent to the Honduran adoption authorities for approval. CAN offers a complete Elite Dossier Service to ease your international adoption process and give you peace of mind.

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 us for more information regarding adoption from Honduras.

3. Identifying a Child

Your dossier will be sent to the Honduran Institute for Children and Family (IHNFA), the adoption authority of Honduras, first being translated and legalized by our in-country lawyers and staff. After your dossier is approved by IHNFA, you will be entered into a national wait list for a referral. Although time lines are hard to predict, you can generally expect a referral one to two years after your dossier has been turned in to IHNFA, depending on the age of the child you wish to adopt, whether they have special needs or are a sibling group, etc. Adopting a child under age 4 may result in a longer referral wait.

4. Picking up Your Child

After you are matched with a child or sibling group, both parents must travel within about a week or two to meet the child, and then again a few months later to finalize the adoption and officially pick up your child. Both parents must participate in both trips. The second trip to pick up your child is about four to six weeks, but one parent can leave after a couple weeks when the court process is finished, while the second parent stays to finish the visa process. Your child will live with you during this time. Once you receive your visa, you are ready to head home with your child.

5. Post Adoption Requirements

Honduras requires 6 post adoption reports done by a social worker at 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months following the adoption, and yearly self-reports until the child turns 14 years old. The reports are required to be more in-depth than most reports required by foreign countries. IHNFA is very strict about what the report should contain. These reports demonstrate the benefits of international adoption to the Honduran government.


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