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Written by Nancy S
on July 12, 2023

There are children in Hungary waiting for their forever family. There are so many deserving and beautiful children in this country that desperately need homes and families to call their own.

Who Can Adopt from Hungary

  • Married couples, sometimes single women may be accepted on a case-by-case basis but Hungary strongly prefers two parent families.
  • No more than a 45 year difference between the adopted child and the youngest adoptive parent
  •  There is no limitation on the number of children already living at home with the adoptive family.
  • The family must meet United States Immigration requirements as well as provide a complete dossier of paperwork to Hungarian officials. 


Children Available      

  • The children available are 2 to 14 years of age.  Many are sibling groups and they are toddler age and up.  Children under 5 years of age typically have specific medical issues such as orthopedic, hearing, eyesight etc. and some correctable medical surgical issues. 
  • The adopted child must be the youngest child in the family.
  • Ethnically the children have a background of Caucasian, Hungarian and Roma ancestry with dark hair, eyes and fair to olive complexion.

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The Process

  1. Apply to  a primary provider (agency authorized to work in the country of Hungary) and a home study agency in your state of residence.
  2. Complete your home study and necessary paperwork.
  3. Submit your home study and application for I800A approval to USCIS.
  4. After receiving I800A approval; prepare your dossier to submit to the Ministry of Human Resources.
  5. Wait for a referral. The referral time will depend on the type of child you are hoping to adopt. The referral will come in the form of pictures, social and medical history of the child.
  6. Once a referral is accepted you will file an I800 application with USCIS and begin preparation for travel. Typically you will travel 2 weeks after the I800 provisional approval.
  7. File the DS260 and receive an Article 5 letter (This letter informs the Hungary Central Adoption authority that the family is approved to adopt, the child may enter and reside in the US and the US Central Authority agrees the adoption can proceed.) The adoption will still have to have approval at the visa interview.
  8. Travel to Hungary (both parents must travel) to meet with the social worker and visit the child. After about a week of visiting the child the family decides whether to move forward with the adoption process. You must spend a minimum of 30 days with the child before the adoption can be completed. You will attend court and later receive the final adoption documents.
  9. You will then receive an appointment for a visa interview in Budapest. Once you attend the interview and have approval your child will receive a visa and you will travel home.
  10. Once home, complete the required post adoption supervision reports. This is an important step. By completing your reports and submitting them to the Hungarian Central Authority, as required, adoptions from Hungary will continue and children will get the chance to find their forever family.


If you would like to learn more about adopting a child from Hungary please contact Family Connections at 607-756-6574 and speak with one of our adoption professionals. They would be glad to discuss our Hungary program and explore your adoption options with a free, no obligation, one on one consultation. Click the link below to request a consultation. Family Connections has been helping families grow through adoption since 1995. We are authorized by New York State and Hague Accredited by IAAME.

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