Adopt from Colombia

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.


  • Infants, toddlers and pre-school age children ages 0-4 years old
  • Children with significant medical needs, such as Down syndrome, HIV, and developmental delays
  • Both boys and girls are waiting for adoption
  • Children reflect the full range of ethnicities that exist in Colombia, including Latino, Afro-Colombian, and Amerindian


  • Heterosexual married couples, single men and women are eligible to adopt from Colombia. Seeking pioneer-spirited gay or lesbian couple or single parent to adopt from Colombia
  • One parent must be a Colombia citizen or have a Colombian Cedula
  • Parents age 25-45 are able to adopt a child 0-4 years old and parents are not able to be more than 45 years older than the prospective adoptee
  • Applicants’ mental health and medical conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Matched with a child about 24 months after dossier submission
  • 1 trip of about 4-6 weeks
  • Post-adoption reports required at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after the child comes home
  • Hague Convention Country
  • Professional Service Fees: $7,000 for families living outside of the New York City metropolitan area and $10,000 for families who are local to Spence-Chapin’s New York City offices. Country and immigration fees are additional.
  • All families adopting through Spence-Chapin have access to the Adoption Finance Coach, who offers adoptive families the tools they need to create a customized financial plan to fund their adoption

Where is Colombia?

Read the Department of State adoption alerts about Colombia here.