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Colombia Adoption Fast Facts

Discover fast facts on Colombia adoption plus find links to helpful resources and adoption agencies placing children from Colombia in your state.

Colombia doptionColombia’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 will remain in place at least two years.

For up-to-date information, 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
  • 2013 Adoptions: 159 children

  • Hague Country: Yes

  • Estimated Total Cost: $30,000 to $40,000

  • Profile of Children: In 2012, before the current age restrictions were put in place, 28% were between the ages of one and four; 53% were five years and older. 51% were girls.

  • Parent Ages: Parents are required to be at least 25 years old. Older couples tend to be matched with older children.

  • Family Status: Married couples and common law spouses who have been together for more than three years are allowed to adopt. Singles are allowed to adopt if they meet certain requirements.

  • 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.

Agency Directory for Colombia Adoption

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.

  • “Saying No to Racism” by Gloria G. Rodriguez, Ph.D.: You can offer your children support—and the tools they need to fight back.

  • “Habla Espanol?” by Laurie R. Weaver, Ed.D.: Learning spanish can help your child explore her birth culture and identity.

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