Burundi Adoption

Wide Horizons For Children has been licensed as an NGO in Burundi since 2010. Orphaned children ages 2-10 are eligible for adoption, but families are especially needed for children ages 5 and older. Burundi is a Hague Convention Country. Foreign Provider is the Central Authority of the Republic of Burundi, named the Ministry of National Solidarity, Human Rights, and Gender.


We were impressed with Wide Horizons For Children’s reputation and their long history in the adoption world. Everyone who worked there seemed very educated and ethical and genuinely wanted to help children find forever homes. Their Burundi program just spoke to us. The day we met Frédéric was one of the best days of our lives.

Ryan and Amber on Frédéric, Adopted through the Wide Horizons For Children Burundi Program

Burundi Adoption FAQs

Q: Am I eligible for the Burundi program?

A: To apply to this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Married heterosexual couples, ages 30-55.
  • Couples must have been married and living together for at least five years at the time of referral.
  • Applicants must be in good physical and mental health. Please contact Wide Horizons For Children to discuss specific eligibility requirements.
  • All applicants should have a clean criminal history. However, some minor infractions may be accepted.

Q: Who sets the eligibility requirements?

A: Eligibility requirements for adoptive parents are determined by adoption officials in the child’s country of birth. In Burundi, adoption requirements are determined by the Central Authority of the Government of the Republic of Burundi, named the Ministry of National Solidarity, Human Rights and Gender.

Q: Who are the children available in Burundi?

  • Boys and girls ages 2-10 years old are eligible for adoption, although families are especially needed for children ages 5 and up. You may request a specific gender if adopting a child who is 5 or older.
  • Children are cared for in orphanages or with foster families.
  • The Central Authority will deem a child eligible for adoption only after a minimum stay of one year in an orphanage or foster home.  Children with no known birth relatives may be referred by child welfare authorities for adoption after a process of eligibility due to abandonment is completed. Orphaned children with known birth relatives who cannot raise them may be relinquished for adoption by a legal guardian with the approval of the Central Authority.

Q: How long does it take to adopt from Burundi?

A: We expect most families to receive a referral 12–18 months after the date their dossier is submitted to the Central Authority.

Q: Is it an option to adopt a Waiting Child from Burundi?

A: Adopting a waiting child can be a wonderful option for some families. Most families who request a Waiting Child match have their child home in under one year. Eligibility requirements are generally flexible, and photos and medical information can be reviewed prior to match. Adoption subsidies are often available. Waiting Children.

Q: Will I need to travel to Burundi?

A: In order to bring your child home, you should expect one three- to four-week trip, which includes time in Burundi and Kenya. You are also likely to travel eight to 12 months after receiving your referral. Adoptions are completed under Burundian law prior to the arrival of the adoptive parents.

You will spend your first week in Burundi getting to know your child. You will also sightsee and meet with the Central Authority. Accommodations in Bujumbura vary from resort settings to small guest homes. French and English are widely spoken.

The second part of your trip is spent in Nairobi, Kenya, obtaining your child’s U.S.-required medical exam and immigrant visa. You will be accompanied by an in-country representative in both countries throughout your stay.

Q: How much does an adoption from Burundi cost?

Financing Your Adoption explains how Wide Horizons For Children structures adoption fees and provides information on funding your adoption.

Download the Adoption Information Guide for specific fee sheets on each Wide Horizons For Children adoption program.