Adopting from Burundi
Families Needed for Children Ages 4-7
We are excited to welcome our first children home from Burundi!
- 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 more than 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 eligible for adoption, although families are especially needed for children ages 4-7. You may request a specific gender if adopting a child age 5 or older. Children are cared for in orphanages. The Central Authority will deem a child eligible for adoption only after a minimum stay of 1 year in an ophanage has been completed and no birth relatives have come forward during that time.
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 review waiting child profiles from any WHFC 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. View waiting child profiles.
Information You Can Expect to Receive
You will receive photos, a brief social history and complete medical report. Medical reports provided typically include test results for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis B an C. An independent physician may be available for a private evaluation if needed. WHFC will provide prospective parents with all available information received on your child, which may be limited.
Estimated Wait Times for a Referral
We expect most famillies 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 6-12 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
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