INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION FROM BURUNDI
Burundi is one of the first African countries to embrace the regulations of the Hague Convention. The Central Authority in Burundi has demonstrated consistent commitment to seeing children in families through adoption. When traveling to bring your child home, adoptive families will spend a couple days in Bujumbura, Burundi and the rest of the time in Nairobi, Kenya to complete their visa process.
AGCI began working directly with the Central Authority in Burundi to place orphans in loving, safe, and permanent adoptive homes in 2014. Due to Burundi’s extreme poverty, there is currently an enormous need for families. Grants are also available—over the past two years, families adopting through our Burundi program have received over $70,531 in adoption grants.
- Orphans ages 2 to 12 are waiting.
- Children with medical conditions and sibling groups of all ages are also eligible.
- 100% of AGCI Burundi families waited between 1-9 months from completing their dossier to receive their referral in 2016.
- AGCI has received referrals at each matching committee.
- Our first families waited less than 4 months to be matched with their children!
- Timeframe: 18-24 months. Timeframe is from registered dossier to completion. Timeframes are dependent on family’s openness to medical conditions, gender, and age of child.
- Complete a FREE Pre-App to view waiting kids.
Age of Parents
At least one parent must be age 30 or older. One parent may be older than 50 years of age, however, there are then certain restrictions on the age of child adopted.
Couples married at least five years are welcome to adopt.
Single women may adopt.
Children in Family
Families with children are welcome to adopt from Burundi.
Families must have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
Applicants cannot have a criminal history.
Applicants with a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent and/or the quality of life of a child are ineligible. A psychological evaluation is required for all applicants.
The approximate cost to adopt from Burundi is $29,900. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.
It’s important to keep in mind that the estimated cost of adopting from Burundi after tax credits is $18,230! To learn more about adoption tax credits, grants, and how to fund your adoption, schedule an appointment with our Financial Expert.
Additionally, there are so many ways to fund your adoption! You can learn more about AGCI specific grants, adoption loans, and employee benefits and more on our How to Fund Page!
APPLICATION: $300 This non-refundable fee covers the cost of a review of your application to confirm your eligibility for your desired program.
U.S. AGENCY: $6,000 * The agency fee covers AGCI’s cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and foreign country. Processing expenses for AGCI include, but are not limited to, personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, state, federal, and international licensing and accreditations, communications and insurance.
ORPHAN CARE: $2,500* This fee provides care for orphans around the world and allows AGCI to provide the medical, emotional, spiritual, and developmental care that every child deserves.
POST-ADOPTION SERVICE: $1,750 This fee allows us to provide post-adoption support services to your family and process post-adoption reports.
*If adopting siblings, agency and orphan care fees increase.
HOME STUDY AND POST-ADOPTION*
AGCI HOME STUDY SERVICES: $2,200 These fees cover our services in preparing and completing your adoption home study, including any applicable social worker travel costs. If outside AGCI’s home study states; these fees may be payable to your home study agency.
POST-ADOPTION SERVICES: $400 per report; $225 per report for each additional child. These fees cover the cost for AGCI to provide post-placement visits and reports upon arrival home.
*These fees may vary if payable to your home study agency for families living outside of AGCI’s licensed states.
NON-AGCI HOME STUDY REVIEW: $350 Any home study written by your home study agency (if outside our 6 home study states) will be reviewed by AGCI to ensure it meets all AGCI, USCIS, Hague and sending country criteria.
BURUNDI COUNTRY FEES & EXPENSES
$7,500* These fees cover the cost of facilitating an international adoption in Burundi. These fees include, but are not limited to costs related to personnel, administration, training and education, legal fees and communications associated with government and agency authorities, government fees, and care of your child prior to the completion of your adoption.
THIRD PARTY EXPENSES
|Adoptive Parent Education:||Approximately $260|
|FBI Fingerprinting:||$85 per adult|
|USCIS & Immigration Related Fees:||$775+|
|Notary Services, County & State Authentication:||$250+|
|Document Authentication and Translation Fees:||$400-$3,600|
TOTAL COST: The approximate cost to adopt from Burundi is $29,900. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.
Fee Disclosure: All fees paid to AGCI are paid in advance of service. AGCI fees are non-refundable and may not be waived. If services are terminated and a refund is due, all refunds will be processed within 60 days of withdrawal and/or closure of the adoption file upon receiving the Adoption Termination Contract.
Complete home study and dossier process.
Wait to be matched with your child and then begin the referral process.
Complete court process and required 30 day waiting period.
Travel to Burundi to meet your child! In Burundi, you’ll also be required to meet with the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. This trip will span from 2-3 weeks.
AGCI and Burundi require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 6, and 12-month anniversaries from the U.S. Embassy appointment date. Once the adoption is finalized and your child is home, adoptive parents are required to complete their state re-adoption process. AGCI is here for support throughout your child’s life—connect with us at anytime for ongoing support services!
BURUNDI IN-COUNTRY TEAM
Pierre serves as AGCI’s fulltime in-country team member in Burundi. With a legal background, and close relationships with local orphanages, Pierre works directly with the court system to advocate for children and families. Pierre facilitates all of AGCI’s in-country work as well as addresses urgent orphanage needs and problem solves how best to meet them.
BURUNDI IN-HOUSE TEAM
Melissa Joyce, Burundi International Adoption Specialist
Melissa joined AGCI in 2016 and has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development. Melissa is inspired daily by the wonders of God and all He does within the lives of orphans around the world. She is passionate about truly connecting with families and helping them through the process of adoption from beginning to end.
Thanks to AGCI’s intervention programs, 260 orphans have received critical access to food, shelter, education and medical care.