Children’s Hope works with the Honduran government welfare agency, DINAF (the Dirección de Niñez, Adolescencia y Familia). DINAF Guidelines for Ages of Couple & Single Parents:

WHO CAN ADOPT A Child from Honduras?

Heterosexual Couples 25 to 60. At least one of the spouses must be 25 or older; the other may be younger.  Single women 25 to 60.

What  Is The Wait Time From Dossier Approval to Assignment?

For All Families:

For a single child 0-4, the wait is approximately 5 years.

For a single child 5-11, the wait is approximately 2-3 years.

For 2 siblings 0-7, the wait is approximately 2-4 years.

For 3 or more siblings or children 11 and older, the wait is 6-8 months.

For Couples, What is the Marriage Requirement?

You must complete the 3 year marriage requirement before submitting your dossier.

What are the Age Requirements?

All adoptive parents of Honduran Children must be 25 years old or older when the dossier is submitted. There must be a minimum 15 year age difference between adoptive parents and adopted children per Honduran law.

Previous Divorces:

Previous divorces will be considered, with the current marriage of sufficient length to show that this marriage is stable. The home study will include in-depth information on any counseling, classes, groups attended, etc., that show growth and change in this area.

Health of Adoptive Parents – Adoption:

DINAF prefers the adoptive parents to be in good health, but they have not established specific parameters for those who may not adopt. In general, they should not have degenerative or infectious diseases, but some health problems are acceptable. With respect to disabilities, these may be accepted in an adoptive couple if the other spouse is in good health.

Issues that might prevent a Honduran adoption:

  • Criminal history of a serious nature
  • Serious medical illnesses (e.g. insulin dependent diatetes, lupus, etc.)
  • Cancer within the last 3 years
  • Mental/emotional health issues or on medication for mental health issues
  • Recent bankruptcy

If you fall into one of the above categories, it would be good to call or e-mail us and let us know the specifics of your situation so we can tell you what our experience has been with people in similar situations.


The US Immigration form used in Honduran adoptions is the I-600, since Honduras is not yet a party to the Hague Convention. This simplifies the process. The family files the I-600a here in the US and receives a “pre-approval” and then the child’s information is taken to the US Embassy in Honduras, where the I-600 is filed, completing the process to receive the child’s visa to enter the US.

Time from Child Assignment to Travel to adopt a child from Honduras:

Families usually travel within 2-4 weeks after receiving the child information and accepting the referral.

Length of Stay in Honduras:

5-6 full days minimum for the 1st trip, which includes interviews with psychologists and social workers. If the child is not from Tegucigalpa, the family will travel to the city the child lives in to meet and spend some time with him or her. Approximately 2-4 months later, the family will return to Honduras for a stay of approximately 6 weeks to complete the adoption. Once the family signs the final paperwork at DINAF, the child, having been brought to Tegucigalpa if not from there originally, will be placed with them permanently. Only one parent need remain in Honduras with the child after the paperwork is signed; the other is free to return to the US.

Safety for Adoptive Parents while in Honduras:

We take all necessary precautions to safeguard our adoptive families and children. We make sure families are met at the airport and all appointments necessary for the adoption are scheduled by our in-country staff and families are escorted to them.  When you adopt a child from Honduras, we want to make it a totally positive experience.

Fee Breakdown to Adopt a Child from Honduras:

The cost for our Honduras adoption program is approximately $30,500 not including homestudy & post-adopt fees (which varies). This amount does include all travel and your room & board and expenses in Honduras. About half of the total amount is paid within the first six months. The remainder is paid when you travel to Honduras. If you adopt more than one child, there will be additional expenses of approximately $3800 (including room and board while in Honduras, out of pocket expenses such as visa, passport, public writ, etc.) Child’s airfare home is not included in this amount since it varies widely due to the age of the child adopted.

Legal Background of the Children:

All of the children placed through the government agency have an abandonment decree or consent to adopt from the birthparent.


Abandonment: There are true abandonment situations in which the necessary proceedings have taken place to locate the child’s parents but they were not found. However, children may enter the care of an orphanage or a foster family due to a variety of reasons: economic or social pressures, neglect or abuse. About 80% of the children have abandonment decrees.


Consent: The birthmother or biological parents have given their formal consent for their child to be adopted either before DINAF, the Family Court, or the US Embassy. Approximately 20% of the children to be adopted have birthparent consents.
The majority of the children are Hispanic, but some may also have characteristics from other races.

Lodging of the Children prior to the Arrival of the Adoptive Parents:

Children in the adoption process are placed in foster families or in Civil Society Protection Centers. DINAF does not have orphanages under their direct control, although they do pay for the care of the children whether in an orphanage or in foster care. Children in foster care may have been previously in an orphanage. Children have reported good experiences in both types of care.

In-Country Staff:

Our representative/attorney in Honduras coordinates all Children’s Hope adoptions in the country. She will make reservations for hotels, appointments with DINAF and the courts, and will stay on top of all details about when you receive your child, how the case is going in court and when the final decree will be issued. Our staff will escort all families to each adoption-required appointment. Once the final decree is issued, all families will complete the adoption in Tegucigalpa (Embassy-required medical exam, passport, US visa, etc.)

Lodging in Honduras for Adoptive Families:

For the 1st trip, most adoptive families choose to stay in a hotel such as the Marriott, Intercontinental or Clarion, which costs appropriately $95 to $100/night. When the family returns for their second trip, they have the option to stay at a smaller hotel in Tegucigalpa that has apartments, and which costs approximately $60/night. This smaller hotel is very close to DINAF, the Supreme Court of Justice, malls and supermarkets.

Special Needs Children:

To adopt a child from Honduras, the Honduran government considers the following to be children with special needs, and therefore families wishing to adopt them receive priority on the waiting list:

  • Children 7 and older
  • Groups of 2 siblings in which the older is 11 years old or older
  • Sibling groups of 3 or more
  • Children with special needs, hereditary or communicable diseases (HIV, etc.). It is possible that the special need may be a minor or correctible medical condition.

The wait to assignment of a special needs child is approximately 6-8 months.

Honduras Fee Schedule US Dollars

Revised February 22, 2018

  1.  Children’s Hope International Agency Fee payable to CHI:            $6,600.00
  • $400.00 application fee
  • $2,200.00 includes: agreement fee, document fee (review/counsel), adoption finance coach
  • $3,500.00 dossier fee (includes information, assistance, preparation, presentation and translation of dossier)
  • $500.00 humanitarian aid: provides surgery’s, foster care, clean water and other projects, a list of our current projects can be found at


  1. IAAME Monitoring and Oversight fee (paid to accrediting entity)  $500  
  • $500.00 per child (if adopting more than one child the additional IAAME fee will be collected at time of match)
  1. International Program Fee #1 payable to CHI:             $3,000.00
  • Includes: translation, liaison with government and agency authorities, social services, development fee, facilitation, adoption, travel coordination. Wired to Foreign Country       
  1. Post-Adoption Support Fee & Refundable Deposit payable to CHI: $1,500.00
  • $1,000 post-adoption support fee. (Mailing, processing, follow up)
  • $500 refundable post-adoption deposit
  1. International Program Fee #2 payable to CHI:             $6,050.00
  • $2,500 Includes final adoption paperwork, travel preparation & coordination of your trip.  
  • $3,150 Includes translation and authentication of post adoption reports until child reaches 18 years of age. Wired to Foreign Country
  • $400 translation of child’s paperwork. (+$150 per additional child) Wired to Foreign Country


Approximate Cost of Adoption not including travel (Sibling groups require extra fees)      $17,650.00                             


  1. Travel Costs: Approximate travel costs for 2 parents             $13,200        
  • Airfare – US to Honduras roundtrip per trip (coach fare)Payable to Travel Agency or Airline    $4,000.00
  • Hotel (room/board and transportation, 2 adults/1child,includes 2 trips) Payable in Honduras)              $6500.00+
  • Child’s documentation (visa, passport, medical, etc. (approximate per child) payable in Honduras)    $1200.00
  • Airfare for child will vary depending on the age. Payable to Travel Agency or Airline                  $500.00
  • Care for child – Optional between 1st and 2nd trip ($500/month, Payable in Honduras) $1000.00+

Approximate Total Cost for 2 adults adopting one child    .      $30,850                      


Other costs will include:

  • Home Study and Post Adoption fees, these fees are determined by the agency you choose to do your home study.
    • I-800A immigration fee $775.00 + $85 per person over the age of 18 living in your home to be fingerprinted payable to USCIS.
    • Psychological Evaluation $250 per person if done by CHI recommended person or at rate of chosen psychologist.
    • Documentation fees vary from state to state. The cost will be approximate $500 for documents to be notarized and apostilled but it depends on the state in which you live. Payable to government agencies.
    • Other costs: shopping, telephone expenses, and tips while in country

*Payment Schedule (Fees are payable by check made payable to Children’s Hope International or by credit card):

Payment #1   $400 upon application to CHI (CHI fee)
Payment #2   $2,200 upon agency approval of application (CHI fee)
Payment #3   $7,000 upon submission of dossier to CHI ($3500 dossier ee +$3000 International program fee +$500 Humanitarian Aid)
Payment #4   $7,5500 upon identification and approval of a child ($1000 post adoption support fee + $500 refundable post-adoption deposit +$5000 program fee #2 +$3150 post adoption translation and authentication +$400 translation)

Call Nicky today if you have questions: (314)812-1742



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