Honduras is a very flexible program. EAC is working in cooperation with DINAF – Direcciόn de Niṅez, Adolescencia y Familia to complete adoptions in Honduras.
*** August 2016 UPDATE: 3 children have arrived in the US since April (ages 2 – 9). One more relative adoption has been completed this month. The adoptive mother and her child (age 5) will come home this week. One family adopting a 9 1/2 year old boy is waiting for adoption decree. This adoption should to be completed this year. ***
We are expecting more referrals as DINAF is now focusing on adoption and wants to take care of the global list which stands at around 200 families.
Children Available for Adoption in Honduras
- The children of Honduras have olive to dark or semi dark complexions, dark eyes and dark hair.
- Children 2-10 years are available.
- Sibling groups are available, older sibling groups of 2 or 3 children are immediately available, they wait for families!
Travel Requirements for a Honduras Adoption
- Honduras requires three short trips.
- The first trip is approximately 7-10 days. Adoptive parents undergo family interview and psychological examination. Parents also visit with the child and go to court.
- The second trip is approximately 2-3 months later and lasts about 5-7 days. Parents will sign paperwork on this trip.
- The third trip is approximately 2 weeks long and takes place about 4 weeks after the 2nd trip and consists of the U.S. Embassy appointment.
- Both parents are required to travel on the first and second trip to meet the child/children.
- Both parents are required to go on the third trip but once the passport has been requested, one parent can finish with the embassy and the other parent can go home.
- Our experienced English-Spanish speaking staff is there to help you every step of the way!
Time Frame for a Honduras Adoption
- Time frame from approval of dossier in country to finalization of adoption has been approximately no less than 3 years, however DINAF has made it their priority to concentrate on declaring children waiting to be adopted as “abandoned” and therefore the timeline is expected to be shorter.
Honduras Central Authority
Dirección de Niñez, Adolescencia y la Familia (DINAF)
The process for adopting a child from Honduras generally includes the following steps:
- Choose an Adoption Service Provider
- Apply to USCIS to be Found Eligible to Adopt (I-600A)
- Be Matched with a Child
- Adopt the Child in Honduras
- Apply (in country) to USCIS for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption (I-600)
- Bring Your Child Home
Post Adoptive Requirements
Post Adoptive Requirements for a Honduras Adoption
- All families must submit post-adoptive reports following social worker visits at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months; followed by semi-annual reports at 18 and 24 months and annual reports there after, until minor turns 18 years of age.