Adoption From Colombia
Colombia Fast Facts:
- 2012 Adoptions: 195 children
- Hague Accredited: Yes
- Estimated Total Cost:
$30,000 to $40,000
- Profile of Children:
39% are five to 12 years old. 38% are two years old and younger. 62% are girls (2011).
- 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 may be allowed to adopt older children. Gay and lesbian parents should consult with Colombian officials about their options.
Parents are required to appear before a family judge in order to complete the adoption; this usually takes seven to ten days. However, because of changes in adoption proceedings, the U.S. Embassy now recommends families be prepared to stay in Colombia for six to eight weeks.
Generally between 18 and 30 months.
In October of 2012, Colombia's Institute for Family Welfare (ICBF) announced that they were adjusting their adoption procedures and subsequently started conducting more thorough investigations on children’s backgrounds before approving them for intercountry adoptions. Adoptions proceedings in general are being given greater scrutiny by the family courts, causing delays and longer wait times before finalizations.
For more information, visit www.adoption.state.gov. View photos and get parent-to-parent advice in our online community, www.adoptivefamilies
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