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Hungary Adoption Program
last updated: 06/04/14

LMI Family in Hungary
LMI Family in Hungary



CHILDREN AVAILABLE
Typically children available are 5 years of age and up to age 15. Many sibling groups are available. Many children under 5 years of age have specific medical issues such as orthopedic, hearing, eyesight etc. and some correctable medical surgical issues. Most of the children in sibling groups are toddler age and up. Poverty, financial issues, death and unstable family environments are why children have been abandoned. Most all the children in the orphanages are abandoned by their birth parents. There are so many deserving and beautiful children in this country that desperately need homes and families to call their own.

The ethnic background of most of the children available is Caucasian Hungarian and Roma ancestry and children typically appear with dark hair, eyes and fair to olive complexion.

ADOPTIVE PARENT CRITERIA
  • Single Women or married couples.
  • Singles need to adopt a child 9-10 and up
  • Hungary strictly enforces the maximum 45 year age difference for at least 1 parent. No exceptions.
  • If the parent is older than 45 they can expect to adopt older children over 5 and up, depending on the age of the parents.
  • There is no limitation 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.


REFERRALS
Complete medical information, social and legal profile of the child, and photo and video are provided for every referral. A private English-Speaking Physician will do the evaluation on the child prior to referral. The paperwork can be registered anytime after homestudy is complete and submitted.

The wait for referral is determined by a number of factors, and each adoption case will depend on these factors to determine the unique wait time for each case:
  • Age of Child Requested
  • Gender of Child Requested
  • Special and Medical Needs the Family Will Accept
  • The Registry Date of Dossier with the Central Authority starts the waiting time
Families will receive a photo, medical. You will have a month to accept this referral.

FOSTER CARE AND ORPHANAGE CARE
The available children live in foster care that is supervised by the Hungarian government under strict standards and small child care orphanage type facilities. The foster homes are private residences that are approved by the government. They are checked frequently by inspectors and the care that the children get under this regulated situation is a good home family environment. Children may also come from orphanages. The orphanages are kept under strict governmental regulations, so the care and treatment of the children is carefully monitored too.

TRAVEL
Families can expect to travel within 4-6 weeks of accepting a referral. This makes this program an asset to families wanting a little shorter adoption process when adopting older children. Both Parents must travel for a trip of 45 days.

Parents travel to the child's place of residence to meet the child and must spend a total of 30 days with the child before the adoption can be completed. Adoptive parents spend a significant amount of time (7 hours) each day bonding with the child. After about a week the family decides whether to move forward with the adoption process.

Arrangements can be made so the adoptive parents can spend three weeks of this 30 day period in Budapest or another relaxing area along with the child. This is a very beneficial part of the Hungarian adoptive process for both the child and family.

FEES
For Fee information please contact our office or fill out our info request form.

DOSSIER
You will be given a complete guide and assistance to all the documents that will be needed for your adoption.


For further information about our Hungary Program please fill out our INFO REQUEST form.

SOME HISTORY AND INFORMATION ABOUT HUNGARY

Hungary became a Christian kingdom in A.D. 1000 and for many centuries served as a bulwark against Ottoman Turkish expansion in Europe. The kingdom eventually became part of the polyglot Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed during World War I. The country fell under Communist rule following World War II. In 1956, a revolt and an announced withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact were met with a massive military intervention by Moscow. Under the leadership of Janos KADAR in 1968, Hungary began liberalizing its economy, introducing so-called "Goulash Communism." Hungary held its first multiparty elections in 1990 and initiated a free market economy. It joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004.

Hungary Pop. 9,905,596, is located in Central Europe, northwest of Romania and is slightly smaller than the state of Indiana.

The people are comprised of: Hungarian 92.3%, Roma 1.9%, other or unknown 5.8% (2001 census) and speak Hungarian 93.6%, other or unspecified 6.4% (2001 census)

Landlocked Hungary is mostly flat to rolling plains; hills and low mountains on the Slovakian border with a temperate; cold, cloudy, humid winters; warm summers.

It is estimated that more than 22,000 orphaned and abandoned children are in state custody in Hungary.

Hungary is in a strategic location astride main land routes between Western Europe and Balkan Peninsula as well as between Ukraine and Mediterranean basin; the north-south flowing Duna (Danube) and Tisza Rivers divide the country into three large regions.
 
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