Honduras is a beautiful, agricultural country located in Central America. It is bordered by Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.
In late 2020, Agape Adoptions received approval from the adoption authority in Honduras, Direcciόn de Ninez, Adolescencia y Familia, or Directorate of Childhood, Adolescence and Family (DINAF) to facilitate a Honduras adoption program. DINAF handles the adoption process in conjunction with Honduran courts and Foreign Supervised Provider (FSP). DINAF ensures the eligibility of children for inter country adoption when biological family members are not able to care for the child. Agape Adoptions is directly authorized by DINAF and works with an in country FSP to process all adoption cases successfully.
All adoptions from Honduras are completed in accordance with the Hague Convention on inter country adoption. More information can be found here.
One adoptive parent must be a US citizen.
Applicants must be at least 25 years old and no older than 60 to adopt from Honduras.
Married couples and heterosexual single women are eligible to adopt from Honduras. Honduras does not permit same sex couples to adopt.
Applicants with a criminal history of child abuse, violence, domestic violence or termination of parental rights are not eligible to adopt.
Applicants must be healthy with no serious, chronic transmissible disease (HIV positive, venereal disease, tuberculosis, etc.) or other life-threatening illnesses.
There is no minimum income required. However, applicants must meet the income requirements provided by USCIS for the child to immigrate.
Children in Home
Honduras does not limit the number of children in the home, however, DINAF utilizes a family selection process where they present at least two families for the same child and then choose the best family.
Thus far the vast majority of adoptions Agape has processed from Honduras are families adopting children who are known to them. If you are interested in adopting a child who is already known to you, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Although the vast majority of adoptions thus far are children known to their adoptive families, there are children in governmental care throughout Honduras who are in need of intercountry adoption and DINAF is committed to ensuring these children live long, happy and healthy lives with families. The majority of the children in care throughout Honduras are between the ages of 3-16 years of age (Children must be adopted prior to turning 16 years old in Honduras, per USCIS immigration requirements), but most children are over the age of 8 years old. Infant or healthy children adoption is not an option through the Honduras program.
Children are largely of Hispanic descent but may also be Mestizo.
Families considering adoption from Honduras will have access to the child’s social and medical background information before travel. In most cases, additional information is available upon request.
Travel & Bonding Periods
There are two trips required when you adopt from Honduras. Trip one is 7-10 days and both parents must travel.
Trip 2 is 2-3 weeks and is about 3-4 months after the completion of the first trip. Both parents must travel but one parent may return home after about one week.
Post adoption requirements
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 your child is 18 years old. Post-placement reports are required for all children adopted from Honduras.
Total Agency Fees: $6500
Total Application, Parent Education, Dossier and Other Paperwork Processing Fees: $4600- $5500
Total USCIS, Department of State and IAAME Fees: $1695 (based on two PAPs; immigration fees will increase for each additional household member)
Total Home Study and Post Placement Fees: $6150
Home Study ($2200)
Post Adoption fees ($375 per report)
Additional mileage and travel fees may be incurred for families located more than 100 miles from the main office, or city center of Spokane, Portland or Anchorage.
Home Study Review Fee, for families completing their home study with another agency: $550
Total Attorney Fees in Honduras: $6000 (based on the processing for one child)
Total Visa Fees (For Child): $325
Total Estimated Travel Fees: ~$4810-$8360
Total In Country Fees for Child’s Adoption Processing: ~$490
Total Estimated Honduras Adoption Program Expenses: $29,025--$34,575
A detailed fee schedule is available upon request