PROGRAM DESCRIPTION - HONDURAS
Honduras is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, when the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008, inter-country adoption processing for Honduras did not change. The adoption authority in the country is the Dirección Nacional de la Niñez y la Familia (DINAF) working in conjunction with the Honduran Family Courts.
The adoption process in Honduras is currently active. Policies regarding eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents, residency requirements, and time frames are under review by the Honduran Family Court (DINAF). Any change on the family code regarding all the above must be done by the Congress, not the family court, they can only give their opinion. At the present time Honduras is doing the formalities to sign with the Hague convention.
Children of different ages are available who are either placed for adoption by birthmothers due to poverty or have been removed from birth families due to abuse / neglect and if
reconciliation has failed.
The children available for adoption are as young as 3 months old and older.
If the child is 14 years of age and older, the adoption agency sends the adoption application (petition) to the Honduran Family Court. If the child is younger than 14 years of age, the adoption agency sends the adoption application (petition) to the DINAF
Besides the healthy children available to be adopted, there are special needs children available for adoption, with medical correctable or not correctable special needs, children older than 7, or siblings groups (3 children groups and up) are available for adoption also.
Children are cared for in foster families or orphanages (both public and private) until they find their adoptive families. .
Married couples and single women may adopt from Honduras. Married couples must be married a minimum of three years. No more than two divorces per each prospective adoptive parent.
Couples between 25 to 50 years of age and married for at least 3 years may adopt a child.
Singles within the same age range can also adopt.
The child must be identified and must qualify as an orphan.
Once the adoptive parents have completed the file, they have to send it or deliver it to the adoption agency and the agency submits it to the agency’s facilitator in the country. The facilitator proceeds to do the translations and validate these translations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The facilitator prepares the dossier as required by the Management of DINAF Adoptions and takes the dossier to that management when everything is ready.
At the present time the referral process takes up to 18 months, once the dossier has been registered and added to the waiting list. The DINAF is shaping the mechanisms to accelerate the matching and the referral process.
When the PAP (prospective adoptive parents) is requesting a special needs child referral the PAP do not have to wait on the waiting list. The process will be a quick one month referral process, and the entire process is much quicker since everybody is looking to move quicker the cases.
Travel wise: at the present time, the families are currently doing 2 trips:
The first trip is performed when a child is assigned to the family. The family would come to Honduras to be interviewed (social and psychological) with the technical staff of the Management of adoptions, and presents the documents to the Family Court. The first trip is 5 days.
The second trip is approximately 2 to 4 months later, when the adoptive parents need to go to court and be present for all the final arrangements for the adoption.
The second trip is up to 5 weeks – the first three weeks are used for the Honduras part of the process the last two weeks for the US Embassy.
Although both parents must travel for the second trip one parent may return home after the court hearing and after the adoption decree has been signed.
During your stay in Honduras you will be accompanied by our Honduras representative, who speaks excellent English.
When the new Adoptions Laws will enter in effect, it will be just one trip. The length of the trip will be much shorter.
Application for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption:
After you finalize the adoption, USCIS must determine whether the child is eligible under U.S. law to be adopted (Form I-600). We can help you learn more how to file a Form I-600.
Bring Your Child Home: Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child) following both requirements: Honduran law & US law, there are a few more steps to take in applying for a visa. Specifically, we will need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States:
We will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child, so that we can later apply for a passport for the child. Your family name will be added to the new birth certificate.
Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Honduras.
U.S. Immigrant Visa
After we will obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child, we also need to apply for an U.S. visa from the U.S. Embassy in Honduras for your child. After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted, our country representative will contact the U.S Embassy for final review and approval of the child's I-600 petition and to obtain a visa appointment for the child. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the Panel Physician's medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage. Learn more about obtaining a visa from the Embassy.
Please note that visas may not be granted immediately following the interview, if documents are pending or missing.
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. Annual reports are to be submitted until minor turns 18 years of age.
Please note: Because of the volatile nature of the International programs, Adoption Avenues cannot guarantee parent(s) that the time frames of the international program above quoted will not going to change without notice. In case of changes, we are trying to give as much advance notice is possible but sometimes this is not feasible.