Honduras – Foreign Authorization

Last Updated: May 11, 2022

To support the viability of intercountry adoption as an option for permanency for children in Honduras, the Office of Children’s Issues and the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa sought information from the Honduran Central Authority regarding its legal requirements for the authorization of adoption service providers (ASP), pursuant to Article 12 of the Hague Adoption Convention.

Honduras ratified the Convention on March 6, 2019, and it came into force on July 1, 2019.

ASPs with questions about adoptions from Honduras should contact the Honduran Central Authority, Dirección de Niñez, Adolescencia y Familia (DINAF) (Directorate for Children, Youth and Family), Colonia Humuya, Calle La Salud, No. 1101, Semaforo entre la colonia El Prado y Blvd. Kuwait Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Phone:  +504 2235 7948

E-mail:, or consolidacionfamiliar@dinaf.gob.hn

Contacts:  Dulce Maria Villanueva  , Directora Ejecutiva, DINAF, or Abogada Patricia Azucena Mejía, Responsable de la Autoridad Central de Honduras, DINAF.

The Honduran Central Authority requires foreign ASPs to be legally accredited and authorized by DINAF to provide intercountry adoption services in Honduras. To acquire this authorization, an ASP must submit the following to DINAF:

  1. Evidence the ASP has five-years’ experience working on intercountry adoptions,
  2. Proof of non-profit status,
  3. Evidence of staff experience in intercountry adoptions, and
  4. Evidence the ASP is authorized in its home country.

The Adoption Oversight Division in the Office of Children’s Issues can provide an accreditation verification letter to satisfy part 4 of the Honduran requirements. ASPs may email ASPadoption@state.gov to request this official communication.

For additional information, ASPs may wish to review the Honduras country-information page.