Hungary

Note: None of the children seen on this page are available for adoption.

Our Hungary Adoption Program

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We have been actively placing children from Hungary for over 7 years using the same representative who is very knowledgeable of the processes there. We are proud of the experience we have helping children in the country of Hungary find loving homes. We are Hague accredited and approved to assist US families in adopting from Hungary. While not a big sending country, there are children in Hungary that need loving permanent homes.

Many of the children waiting for families in Hungary are of Roma or Gypsy heritage. Advocating for these children is one of our greatest joys! Most of the children in Hungary are over the age of 24 months with younger children sometimes available as part of a sibling group. We know the fears parents face in adopting an older toddler or preschooler. Our case workers and representatives are happy to “hold adoptive parents hands”. We are mindful of the fact that you are putting one of the most profound events in your lives in someone else’s hands. We are committed to support our adoptive families as they journey to find their child in Hungary.

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information including our application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information on: the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption, click here.


I sent out 5 inquiries to 5 different agencies regarding international adoption. CHI is the only agency that responded the following day. I only received answers to two of my inquiries, and the second one came two weeks later. By then I was already gathering paperwork for CHI. We went into this blind, and by God’s grace, Nina Thompson, and CHI was on the other end.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Adoption Process

While your adoption journey may begin today, adoptive parents should understand that adoption is a lifelong commitment. A successful home study plays a vital role in helping on your preparation to become adoptive parents. Our trained and caring professionals’ respect your confidentiality was we work together to educate and create an accurate portrait of you as future adoptive parents. The home study is an invaluable first step toward parenthood.

Approved Home Study

Children’s House International requires your home study be written by a Hague accredited agency social worker. We will work closely with your social worker to ensure that all of the Hungarian requirements for families are met in the home study process. The home study begins with adoptive parent education and a thorough evaluation of your family that will include several background clearances, medical evaluations and assessment of financial stability. Your home study is the foundation on which USCIS and in country approvals for international adoption are based. They enable adoptive parents to learn, reflect, and prepare for parenting. It involves opening your hearts, minds, and home to a social worker through a series of meetings and gives you the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have as well.

USCIS Immigration Approval

USCIS immigration I800A approval is required for all Hungary adoptions (this includes an FBI fingerprint results). This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a VISA from the US Embassy and enter the US and become a citizen.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com


Nina Thompson is more than just an “employee” of CHI. She genuinely cares not only for the children but for the families as well. Nina goes above and beyond the call of duty!!

Children Available

  • Children’s information are not given in advance at this time. A family must first have their file registered in Hungary in order to receive a referral.

  • Boys and sibling groups are most commonly referred.  Girls are seldom referred and those referred will likely have special needs or health issues to some degree due to the active domestic adoption program in Hungary.

  • Children have a full medical screening.  Photos and video of the child are provided.

  • Children over the age of 24 months are available. The majority of these children are of Gypsy or Roma descent, though children of European descent are sometimes referred. In 2006 an estimated 10,800 children were in governmental care in Hungary.

  • Orphans in Hungary live in either orphanages or foster homes.

  • Many children have been abandoned and information or their birth family’s don’t exist, which means there may be little background or health history available. Some children, relinquished by their birth parents will have background and health history available.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Adoptive Parent Requirements

While your adoption journey may begin today, adoptive parents should understand that adoption is a lifelong commitment. A successful homestudy plays a vital role in helping on your preparation to become adoptive parents. Our trained and caring professionals’ respect your confidentiality while we work together to educate and create an accurate portrait of you as future adoptive parents. The home study is an invaluable first step toward parenthood.

Approved Home Study

An approved home study preferably completed by a COA Hague accredited social worker who will ensure that all of the Hungarian requirements for families are met in the home study process. The home study begins with adoptive parent education and a thorough evaluation of your family that will include several background clearances, medical evaluations and proof of financial stability. Your home study is foundation on which USCIS and in country approvals for international adoption are based. It is a time for the  adoptive parents to learn, reflect, and prepare for parenting. It involves opening your hearts, minds, and home to a social worker through a series of meetings and gives you the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have as well.

USCIS Immigration Approval

USCIS immigration approval is required for all international adoptions (this includes an FBI fingerprint results). This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a VISA from the US Embassy and enter the US and become a citizen.

  • Hungarian law specifies an age limit for the adoptive parents. Adoptive parents must be at least 16 years older than their adoptive child, but no more than 45 years older. The age difference is calculated based on the age of the younger adoptive parent. If the adoptive children are siblings, the age of the older sibling is taken into consideration.

  • Hungarian law does allow single people to adopt. However, Hungarian authorities may not encourage these adoptions based on the strongly held opinion that a child should be raised by a married couple in a traditional family. According to information from the Hungarian Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, adoptions are approved based on the submitted documents and a detailed study of the particular case.

  • There is no limit to the number of current children living in the home for adoption from Hungary, making Hungary an excellent choice for big families.

  • There is no income requirement for adoptive parents in Hungary; however, parents must submit proof of their income to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.

  • Adoptive Parents must be in reasonable health and have no medical condition that would limit their ability to parent a child. Please contact CHI for specific medical issues.

  • Hungarian law requires both adoptive parents to meet the child prior to the adoption.

  • Families must be able to stay 35-40 days in Hungary.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Travel Process

Hungary requires that both parents meet their child prior to completing their adoption. Both parents travel to Hungary and meet the child. The total time required in-country is 35-40 days. Although the time in-country seems long, the rich culture and Western hotels will be a nice experience while getting to know your child prior to going back home.

The documents are then forwarded with a recommendation to the government. You will have custody of the child at this time. This period is precious in order to help you and your child begin the bonding process. Our representative is well-versed in the adoption procedure and will make sure that all necessary steps are completed smoothly.

General Travel Process Timeline

Once you have accepted referral of your child, you will have approximately one month’s notice to travel. If you are unable to travel during that time span, Children’s House International must contact the Ministry on your behalf and let them know why there has been a delay.

For more information email: inquiry@chiadopt.com

Waiting Children

Children are only referred to a family once the file is registered in Hungary.

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Country Facts

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