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.


  • Colombian heritage families are eligible to adopt infants, toddlers and pre-school age children
  • Children of all ages with significant medical needs, such as Down syndrome, HIV, and developmental delays
  • School-age boys and girls, including siblings
  • 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. Seeking pioneer-spirited gay or lesbian couple or single parent to adopt from Colombia.
  • Applicants aged 55 and older should consult with Spence-Chapin
  • Applicants’ mental health and medical conditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Matched with a child 6-24 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
  • Wait time to be matched with a child varies based on age of child. Estimated from 6-24 months after dossier submission
  • 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.