NOTE: The Honduras program is open for to new applicants with a referral request for the waiting child program which can be a child any age with a medical need or a healthy older child. (6+ years).
From application until arriving home with child is 24 months - 4 years. The greatest determining factor is the adoptive family’s child request information. Families requesting a child under age 4 can expect the longer wait time.
A waiting child can be a child ages 1-13 years with a medical condition, sibling sets, or healthy children over the age of 7 years. Both boys and girls are available. Sibling sets may be requested but cannot be guaranteed. Families can specifically request a child with a medical or special need. Medical needs include; heart conditions, blood conditions, limb differences, vision or hearing impairments, cleft lip/palate, brain or developmental conditions, cerebral palsy.
Both parents should be over 25 and no older than 51 years of age at the time of adoption. There must be 15 years between the age of the child and the ages of both parents. There should also be no more than 15 years age difference between husband and wife.
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.
Children in Family
Families having more than three children under the age of 18 already living in the home must show ability to add another child to their family.
Families must be able to show they can adequately provide financially for their children. A family’s income and full financial status will be evaluated as part of the adoption process.
Any criminal history will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Medical & Psychological History
Adoptive applicants must show that they are physically and mentally fit to parent a child by adoption. A letter from your physician and a psychological report will be required along with a family’s home study report.
This is a two trip process and both parents must travel to receive the child and again for the court process in Honduras. The anticipated time line on the first trip is 7-10 days and on the second trip 4-6 weeks. Families will travel on the first trip 1-2 weeks after receiving a referral of a child. The wait time between the first and second trip will be 2-4 months. Although both parents must travel for the second trip one parent may return home after the court hearing and the adoption decree has been signed.
Post Adoption Reports completed by the home study agency and requiring a social worker visitation must be completed at 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months from the date of adoption finalization. Annual self reports from the adoptive family will be required until the adopted child(ren) is 14 years of age.
**Please refer to America World's
Agency Adoption Requirements
for a complete list of requirements.