Country: Hungary Adoption

Age Range: 4 years and older
Sibling Groups: Yes
Medical Special Needs: Minor to Moderate
Marriage Length: 1 year
Single Women: No
Expat Accepted: Yes, on a case-by-case basis
In-Country Travel: 45 days

We are currently seeing families matched with children 4-5 years old and older who have minor medical needs. We are also seeing sibling groups of 2-3 children ranging in age from 5-9 years old. Most children coming home from Hungary have developmental delays.

Lifeline maintains a pool of approved families adopting from Hungary. The central authority, Department of Adoption Affairs, provides referrals to Lifeline periodically to be shared with families. Families are eligible to match after their home study is approved, however is it likely they will not receive a referral until after their dossier is complete. Once the family accepts a referral, the Department of Adoption Affairs, will process the request and issue an official referral.

The process of adopting from Hungary is estimated to take approximately 2-4 years and depends on a family’s openness to age range and sibling groups.

Families will travel to Hungary for approximately 45 days to complete their adoption. The trip consists of a 7 days visitation period and 30 day bonding period while the child is in care of the adoptive family. During the bonding period the family will attend a court date and complete visa paperwork. Lifeline has an amazing in-country team who walks alongside families each step of the way and provides support during your stay in Hungary. The in-country team provides transportation to important appointments during your stay.

About Hungary

Our on the ground team has more than 20 years of experience with adoption in Hungary, serving children and families alongside the Department of Adoption Affairs. Hungary has a strong foster care system, so the majority of children are adopted out of foster homes. 

The Need

Hungary is a great program fit for families who feel called to pursue children under the age of 5 with minor medical and developmental special needs. Lifeline Celebrated the 100th child coming home from Hungary in 2021!

How You Can Help

Lifeline has facilitated adoptions from Hungary since 2010. We advocate for all children within the country, from all ethnicities and with a variety of special needs.

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