Colombian Adoption

SPENCE-CHAPIN BEGAN ITS ADOPTION PROGRAM IN COLOMBIA IN 1994, when we were approved by Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF), the central authority for intercountry adoption.

Currently, close to 8,000 children in Colombia ages 10 and older are waiting for a family.

All adoption houses have teams of social workers and psychologists that work with children around issues of grief, loss, and preparing for the transition into an adoptive home.


We are currently accepting applications for fall 2016! We partner with The Foundation for the Assistance of Abandoned Children (FANA) for a special host-to-adopt program. This is an opportunity for New York City area families to host a child or children in their home for three weeks before finalizing the adoption. Participating children are boys and girls (including sibling groups) ages 11-14. Read more on our blog.


  • Healthy boys and girls from 9 years to 15 years old
  • Children with special needs ages 3 - 15 years old

Common medical conditions include Hepatitis B, auditory and visual impairments, extreme prematurity, developmental and/or learning delays, and unpredictable cognitive challenges.

  • Children reflect the full range of ethnicities that exist in Colombia, including Latino, Afro-Colombian, and Amerindian.


Chris and Cathy adopted their daughters from Colombia – hear their story!


  • Heterosexual married couples, single men and women are eligible to adopt from Colombia
  • Applicants aged 55 and older should consult with Spence-Chapin
  • Matched with a child 6-12 months after paperwork submission
  • 1 trip of 6-8 weeks
  • Post-adoption reports required at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after the child comes home
  • Hague Convention Country

Compare all adoption programs: download Adoption Program Grid

Where is Colombia?

Read the Department of State adoption alerts about Colombia here.