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About The Children

Children waiting in Colombia for forever families are 2 years of age or older, sibling groups, and children under 8 that have special needs. Due to recent positive law changes in Colombia, over 5,000 children are now available for adoption.

Colombian children come from a variety of ethnic groups that make up Colombia’s rich cultural heritage. These groups are Latino-Colombian, African-Colombian, and European-Colombian.

Colombian Institute of Child Welfare (ICBF) charges no administrative fees for adoption services.

Are you interested in Kinship-Relative Adoption? Contact us for more information.


Applicants should be 25 – 60+ years old. Both applicants much be 15 years older than the child and not more than 50 years older than the child. Some exceptions may be allowed on a case by case basis.
If you hold current Colombian citizenship or were born in Colombia and have your birth certificate, you may be qualified to adopt a young child with no special needs.
Colombia does not discriminate based on sexual orientation.
Single women and men are allowed to adopt.
No more than three marriages per spouse. Couples should be married for at least 2 years.
Psychological Evaluation is required.
Families with health and mental issues will be considered on a case by case basis.
Adoptive parents must have clean criminal history records to adopt from Colombia. (Some minor infractions occurring many years ago may be considered).
Family support: The Colombian authorities place a high value on children in the family, even those not at home, supporting the adoption of a child from Colombia.
Families must be open to a child of either gender up to 5 years and 11 months old at the time of referral.

Travel and Time Frame


Adopting from Colombia is a one-trip process about 3-5 weeks long.

Time Frame

The average time between referral and picking up the child is about 4-6 months.  The entire adoption process can take about 18-36 months.


CHI has worked with adoptions in Latin America for 25 years and in Colombia for over 10 years.  Our team in Colombia has many years of experience and takes great care of our families from start to finish.  CHI’s International Specialist is an adoptive mom and also has over 25 years of experience.  She is bilingual and will be available should you have any questions before and during your stay. We look forward to helping you adopt from Colombia!

Want To Learn More
About Colombia?

CHI will be happy to talk with you to discuss your hopes and dreams concerning adopting from Colombia.  Please contact us to schedule a phone call.  We are pleased to go over the entire process and answer any questions you might have.

We are very excited about our Colombian vacation program!  Families host older children in a summer and winter program.  Many find their forever families through this program.  CHI works exclusively with Frontier Horizons, who has many years of hosting experience.  Contact us for more details!

Click here to go to the State Department Website!

Click here to go to the Centers for Disease Control Website on International Adoption!

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You may be eligible for the Adoption Tax Credit! For 2023 the maximum dollar limit for the Adoption Tax Credit is $15,950 per child. Contact your tax advisor for more information

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