Adopting from Burundi
Program on hold to new applicants
Children over age 2 are available. Families must have extensive travel experience in developing countries to apply. We are fortunate to have a small group of committed, qualified families currently waiting for a referral from Burundi, and are not accepting new applications at this time. As the program develops, we may need to recruit families once again.
- A WHFC Pilot Program
- Burundi is a Hague Convention Country
- Foreign Provider is Central Authority of Government of Republic of Burundi, the Ministry of Social Action
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.
WHFC has helped place 1,200 children from African countries.
The following applicants are eligible for the WHFC Burundi Adoption Program. Please note that eligibility requirements for adoptive parents are usually determined by adoption officials in the child’s birth country, not WHFC.
Married Heterosexual Couples Age 30-55
- Couples must have been married and living together for at least 5 years at time of referral
Children Who Need Families
Boys and girls over age 2 are available. Children are cared for in orphanages. We expect them to be screened for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis B and C.
Although we do not expect to be assigned waiting children from Burundi, 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 request a match and be home with your child in under a year. Eligibility requirements are generally more flexible, and photos and medical information can be reviewed prior to match. Adoption subsidies are often available. View waiting child profiles.
Information You Can Expect to Receive
You will receive photos and all available information on your child, which may be limited. An independent physician may be available for a private evaluation if needed.
Estimated Wait Times for a Referral
As this is a pilot program, we cannot specify wait times for a referral at present, but expect them to be in the 12-18 month range.
Travel Requirements and Experience
You should expect one 3-week trip, which includes time in Burundi and Kenya, in order to bring your child home, and are likely to travel 1-4 months after receiving your referral. Accommodations in Bujumbura vary. French and English are widely spoken. You will be accompanied by an in-country representative throughout your stay.
Please download our free information packet for a comprehensive list of fees and other important information on all WHFC adoption programs.
How to Get Started
We invite you to learn more about our Burundi Adoption Program by viewing our WHFC pilot program presentation. If you have registered with us, complete your application as soon as possible to begin the process. If you are not a WHFC client, register online today.
WHFC Burundi Adoption Program Staff
Contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you!
Deputy Director of Programs
- Steps in the international adoption process
- WHFC Burundi Adoption Program Fees
- Financing your adoption