Colombia is a fascinating country where adoptive families come and go without difficulty. Colombia has a long history of adoption. They have had a very organized central authority in Bogotá for many years, known as the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) which processes the Colombia adoptions and oversees the licensing of private orphanages. Children aged 1 through early teens are available for Colombia adoption. There are many sibling groups available, as well as special needs children. Many children are abandoned by single parents who simply cannot afford to feed them, or who must work to survive and cannot afford child care while they work. Others come from families where they have been neglected or mistreated and their parent’s parental rights have been taken away from them. All of them need a permanent family.
Effective July 1, 2013:
- Temporary application suspension, for 2 years, for non-Colombian families wanting healthy Colombian children 0-6 years of age. This suspension begins July 2013.
- Dossiers already in Colombia awaiting approval will be processed under the old rules, no matter what age child requested.
- Colombian families may ask for children ages 0-6, Children’s Hope will accept new applications from Colombian families. These are Colombians living in the US and married to US citizens.
Photos on this page are used by permission. The children pictured are not available for adoption.