Adoption from Honduras

The Fort Worth, Texas-based Gladney Center for Adoption is one of four U.S. agencies recently approved to process adoptions through Honduras, the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reported yesterday, in an article by Anna M. Tinsley titled Gladney Center OK’d for Adoption. This could be good news for potential adoptive families who feel an affinity and connection to the culture and heritage of Central America. In 2010, Honduras finalized nine cases for international adoption. In the article, Tinsley writes:

“We haven’t advertised this yet because we don’t have 100 percent of our ducks in order,” said Marshall Williams, Gladney’s vice president of international adoptions and family services. “But we have had a remarkable number of people contacting us, indicating their interest in adopting from Honduras.”

Williams is in Honduras this week to hire an attorney and facilitator, the last two employees needed to get the effort under way.

Gladney initially applied to handle adoptions there about two years ago. After a change in government, the Honduran agency that oversees international adoptions recently approved Gladney and three other U.S. agencies to facilitate adoptions of Honduran children.

“There are many thousands of orphans in Honduras that would benefit from intercountry adoption,” said Chuck Johnson, CEO of the National Council for Adoption. “In 2010, there were only nine intercountry adoptions.”

“There is definitely interest in adopting from Latin America. My hope is that the Honduran government can provide oversight to the intercountry adoption process and work with quality U.S. adoption service providers.”

Last month, a Honduran delegation visited the Gladney Center, meeting local staffers and observing how the adoption process is handled in the United States, officials said.

In 2009, there were four children adopted from Honduras, compared with 11 in 2008, 22 in 2007, three in 2006 and 10 in 2005, federal records show.

So far, Gladney officials are compiling a list of people who want to adopt from Honduras.

“There are fewer families in line, so it might go faster in the beginning,” Williams said.


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2 Responses to “Adoption from Honduras”

  1. Kay Cook says:

    I am interested in adopting from Honduras, and was looking for blogs with experiences of others who have adopted from there.

    I heard an experience of an adoption taking 5 years. I am single.

    I would like to know others experiences, how long these adoptions take for children take. I am interested in adopting a child 5 yrs to 9 yrs and I assume the child will end up being a year older by the time I take them home…


  2. Jessica says:

    To Kay Cook:

    Thank you for reaching out. I know only what I read on websites of the US State Department and adoption agencies such as Gladney and Children’s Home Society of Minnesota.

    If you are on Facebook, search for groups such as Adoptions Honduras or Honduran Adoptive Families or similar. Members there may be able to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

    Sorry I can’t be more helpful. Good luck! Jessica

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