Build your family through adoption from Colombia.

Spence-Chapin began its adoption program in Colombia in 1994 in order to find permanent loving families for infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children in need of adoption. For over 25 years, we have been in partnership with the Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF), Colombia’s central authority that is responsible for all intercountry adoption matters. Spence-Chapin offers two pathways to pursue adoption from Colombia: our Colombia Waiting Child Program, which is open to families of all backgrounds, and our Colombia Heritage Adoption Program which is open to families of Colombian heritage.

Colombia is a Hague Convention Country. Spence-Chapin’s foreign supervised provider in Colombia is Carmen Elena Támara García.

View our events calendar to register for an upcoming free Colombia Adoption Webinar!

Interested in a different country? We also have international adoption programs in South Africa and Bulgaria.



Where Is Colombia?

 

Colombia Heritage Program

The Colombia Heritage Program connects families in the United States with Colombian heritage to children awaiting adoption in Colombia.

PROGRAM DETAILS

CHILDREN IN NEED OF ADOPTION

  • Gender: Male and Female*

  • Race/Ethnicity: Colombian, Afro-Colombian, Mestizo Colombian*

  • Ages: 0-10 years old at the time of referral; families must at least be open to a specified age range of 0-4 yrs and 11 months at the time of referral

  • Sibling groups: Sibling groups of up to two on a case by case basis.

  • Special Characteristics: Children adopted through this program may have no identified special needs and a potential for normal growth and development.

*Families are not permitted to gender or race specify.

ADOPTIVE PARENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Age: Up to 55. Applicants over 55 should consult with Spence-Chapin. If intending to adopt a child 0-8, applicants should be under 50.

  • Marital Status: Colombia encourages applications from single persons, married and unmarried couples, heterosexual and LGBTQ parents living throughout the United States. Individuals with more than one divorce should consult with Spence-Chapin.

  • Medical: Identified medical conditions, including mental health diagnosis, will be considered on a case by case basis by the country’s Central Authority, Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar.

  • Applicants applying to this program must have a Cedula (a Colombia ID).

WAIT TIME & TRAVEL

  • Predicted wait time to be matched with a child: Approximately 18-24 months after dossier submission.

  • Travel: In order to complete the adoption process, families will be required to make one trip to Colombia of approximately 4-6 weeks in length. Couples must both travel to country and be present for finalization in court.


Colombia Waiting Child Program

There are thousands of children with special needs in Colombia waiting for a family to love them. We work with our partners in Colombia to identify children who are in need of immediate adoption. While the reasons a child has been identified as a Waiting Child vary, there is one thing the children all have in common – they are ready to be matched immediately with a forever family.

Our Colombia Waiting Child Program is open to families of all backgrounds. Families applying to adopt a specific waiting child should be previously home studied or be willing to undergo additional pre-screening before entering the program.

Please visit our waiting child page to learn more about waiting children in Colombia.

PROGRAM DETAILS

CHILDREN IN NEED OF ADOPTION

  • Gender: Male and Female

  • Race/Ethnicity: Colombian, Afro-Colombian, Mestizo Colombian

  • Ages: 0-10 years old at the time of referral.

  • Sibling groups: Sibling groups of up to two on a case by case basis.

  • Special Characteristics: All children placed through this program have special needs. The following needs have been identified by our foreign supervised provider as the most common needs of children waiting for adoption from Colombia: unpredictable or unknown developmental delay, physical disabilities and down syndrome.

ADOPTIVE PARENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Age: Up to 55. Applicants over 55 should consult with Spence-Chapin. If intending to adopt a child 0-8, applicants should be under 50.

  • Marital Status: Colombia encourages applications from single persons, married and unmarried couples, heterosexual and LGBTQ parents living throughout the United States. Individuals with more than one divorce should consult with Spence-Chapin.

  • Medical: Identified medical conditions, including mental health diagnosis, will be considered on a case by case basis by the country’s Central Authority, Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar.

WAIT TIME & TRAVEL

  • Approximate length of adoption process: Since this is a waiting child program and families will be recruited for specific waiting children, there is no wait time to be matched with a child. Families applying to adopt a specific waiting child should be previously home studied or be willing to undergo additional pre-screening before entering the program since dossier submission must occur within 8 months of submitting a letter of intent to adopt a specific waiting child. The entire process is estimated to take 12-18 months.

  • Travel: In order to complete the adoption process, families will be required to make one trip to Colombia of approximately 4-6 weeks in length. Couples must both travel to country and be present for finalization in court.


Read the Department of State adoption alerts about Colombia here.