A Program Open to Relative Adoption Only
Children in Honduras
Children may have been relinquished, abandoned, or have had a termination of parental rights due to abuse or neglect. Children may be up to 15 years at the time of official referral. We ask you to consult with us about your specific case to verify your relative child is eligible for international adoption.
The Care in Honduras
Children in Honduras are cared for in private and public orphanages, as well as foster homes. Children are provided with nutrition, medical care, and access to education. The quality of care can vary widely. As numerous studies have demonstrated, institutional care is not conducive to optimal development, therefore children may experience orphanage-related delays.
Like all international adoption programs, Honduras has its own unique eligibility requirements for adoptive parents. Heterosexual married couples and single women are eligible to adopt. Couples need to be married for at least three years. Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 51 and there can be no less than 15 years between the youngest parent and the child. Parents must utilize an adoption home study agency that has been licensed for a minimum of five years. There cannot be physical or mental health concerns and applicants cannot have a criminal history.
To begin the process to adopt a relative, we require an investigation and verification to be completed by our in-country representative. This service is offered through our program and the in-country verification process determines a child’s orphan status and eligibility for international adoption. There is a $250 fee for the investigation that is submitted with the Application Part 1 for Identified Child Adoption.
When it is confirmed that the child is eligible for adoption, the next step in the process is to apply and begin the home study. If you live in MD, MN, VA, or WI, Children’s Home can complete your home study. If you live elsewhere, you need to find an agency licensed in your state to complete your home study and we will serve as the primary provider/placing agency. We will then guide you to apply for approval from USCIS and compile a dossier that is sent to Honduras. The time for processing the adoption in-country varies. Families are required to make 2 trips to complete the in-country process. The duration of the first trip is approximately one week and both parents must travel. The second trip is 5-6 weeks and one parent can travel.
Post placement reports are required for all children adopted from Honduras. Reports written by a social worker are due at 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months after date of placement, followed by annual self-reports until child is 18 years old.
Cost Estimate for Families in MD, MN, VA & WI
View cost estimate for adopting from Honduras and using our home study services.Cost Estimate – MD, MN, VA & WI
Cost Estimate for Families Outside of MD, MN, VA & WI
View cost estimate for adopting from Honduras if you will be using a home study agency other than Children’s Home.Cost Estimate – Outside of MD, MN, VA & WI