Colombia’s Institute for Family Welfare (ICBF) revised their review procedures in 2012. Children may be found eligible for adoption only after an extensive review of the child’s situation and his or her extended family. As of July 15, 2013, non-Colombian families can only adopt children aged seven or older “unless ICBF considers the child to have special characteristics or needs.” The restriction is still in place.
For more up-to-date information on how to adopt from Colombia, visit the Colombia Adoption page on the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the Colombia Adoptive Families group in our online community, Adoptive Families Circle.
Colombia Adoption Fast Facts
- 2015 Adoptions: 153 children
- Hague Country: Yes
- Estimated Total Cost: $12,000 to $30,000
- Profile of Children: 65% of children are 5 years and older. 58% are girls (2014).
- Parent Ages: Parents are required to be at least 25 years old and at no more than 15 years older than the child. Older couples tend to be matched with older children.
- Family Status: Married couples may adopt. Singles may adopt, but requirements are significantly stricter. The legislation is currently reviewing if same-sex couples will be allowed to adopt.
- Travel: Parents are required to appear before a family judge in order to complete the adoption, and must be prepared to stay in Colombia for six to eight weeks.
- Timeline: Generally between 18 and 30 months.
Helpful Articles on Colombia Adoption
- “Our Proud Heritage” by Rosemary Barbera, Ph.D.: As Latino parents, we know firsthand the discrimination our children will face.
- “At Home in Two Worlds” by Leceta Chisholm Guibault: From an early age, my children needed to know where they belonged—and where they came from.
- “Habla Espanol?” by Laurie R. Weaver, Ed.D.: Learning spanish can help your child explore her birth culture and identity.