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Adopting From Burundi

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Families Needed

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


About Burundi

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The Republic of Burundi is home to more than 10.5 million people. Although the country is landlocked, much of its southwestern border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika. A mix of ethnic groups is present, including Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. Kirundi and French are the official languages; Swahili is also spoken. Christianity, primarily Roman Catholicism, is widely practiced. Islam and indigenous beliefs are also observed. 


Eligibility

The following applicants are eligible for the Wide Horizons For Children Burundi Adoption Program. Please note that eligibility requirements for adoptive parents are usually determined by adoption officials in the child’s country of birth.

Married Heterosexual Couples Age 30-55

Couples must have been married and living together for at least 5 years at time of referral.

Please note that the above criteria are not all-inclusive; all international programs require proof of financial stability and have additional restrictions with respect to criminal history, physical and mental health.

Children Who Need Families

Boys and girls age 2-10 years are eligible for adoption, although families are especially needed for children age 5 and up. You may request a specific gender if adopting a child age 5 or older. Children are cared for in orphanages or 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 for adoption after a process of eligibility due to abandonment is completed by child welfare authorities.  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.

Adopting a waiting child can be a wonderful option for some families! If you are open to a school-aged child, a sibling group with a school-aged child, or a child with an identified medical need, you can review waiting child profiles from any Wide Horizons For Children program up until the time you accept a referral from Burundi. Most families who request a match are home with their child 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.

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Information You Can Expect to Receive

You will receive all available information on your child, including photos, a brief social history, proof of eligibility for adoption, a  medical report and test results, which may be limited. An independent physician may be available for a private evaluation if needed.

Estimated Wait Times for a Referral

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

Travel Requirements and Experience

You should expect one 3-4 week trip, which includes time in Burundi and Kenya, in order to bring your child home, and are likely to travel 8-12 months after receiving your referral. Adoptions are completed under Burundian law prior to adoptive parents’ arrival. Families spend their first week in Burundi, getting to know their child, meeting the Central Authority, and sightseeing. 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 you child’s US required medical exam and immigrant visa. You will be accompanied by an in-country representative in both countries throughout your stay.

Program Cost

Please download our Adoption Information Guide for a comprehensive list of fees and other important information on all Wide Horizons For Children adoption programs.

Wide Horizons For Children Burundi Adoption Program Staff

Our expert program staff will guide you throughout your adoption journey in both the US and Burundi and Kenya. We have extensive knowledge of the country and its child welfare and adoption system. We have maintained strong relationships with both adoption authorities and our in-country liaison, Agakura, a local foundation for orphans, for almost a decade.

We offer free consultations with an adoption specialist who can explain the process and start you on your adoption journey.

Book your free consultation: Call us at 800-729-5330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to working with you.

EmilyG Sarah
Emily Greising
Program Manager
Sarah Mraz 
Director of International Adoption Programs

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375 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 800-729-5330
Email: info@whfc.org

 

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