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.

For many children, international adoption is the only possible route to a permanent family. Spence-Chapin offers two pathways to pursue adoption from Colombia: our Colombia Adoption Program, which is open to families of all backgrounds, and our Colombia Heritage Adoption Program which is open to families of Colombian descent.

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 Adoption Program

There are thousands of children with special needs in Colombia waiting for a permanent family to love them. In Colombia, there are children of all ages in need of families, as well as sibling groups and children living with identified needs ranging from minor/correctable to lifelong. We work with our partners in Colombia to identify children who are in need of immediate adoption. Families pursuing adoption from Colombia may apply to adopt a pre-identified Waiting Child or to be matched with a child through traditional registration of their dossier in Colombia, based on eligibility and openness around age and medical needs.

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.

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: Children placed through this program have a range of 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, neurological disorders, behavioral disorders and physical disabilities.

*Families are not permitted to race specify. Families should be open to being matched with a child of either gender. 

ADOPTIVE PARENT ELIGIBILITY​

  • Age: Applications 25-45 years old must be open to a minimum specified age range of 0-4 years old at the time of referral. Families 46-50 years old are eligible to adopt a child 5-9 years old. Applicants 50 and over should consult with Spence-Chapin.
  • 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

  • Predicted wait time to be matched with a child: Approximately 12-24 months after submission of the dossier.*
  • 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.

*There is no wait time to be matched for families pursuing the adoption of a waiting child. Families pursuing the adoption of a waiting child can anticipate the entire process to take 12-18 months.

Colombia Heritage Adoption Program

Spence-Chapin’s Colombia Heritage Adoption Program connects families of Colombian descent living throughout the United States with children awaiting adoption in Colombia.

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

*Families are not permitted to race specify 

Adoptive Parent Eligibility

  • Applicants applying to this program must have a Cedula (a Colombia ID).
  • Age: Colombian heritage applicants 25-45 years must be open to a minimum specified age range of 0-4 years old at the time of referral. Applicants 46-50 years old must be open to a specified age range of 5 – 9 years old. Applicants 50 and older should consult with Spence-Chapin.
  • 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

  • Predicted wait time to be matched with a child: Approximately 12-24 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.

Family
Stories

Read program updates and stories about Spence-Chapin families adopting from Colombia on our blog.

Waiting
children

Visit our waiting child page to learn more about children currently awaiting their forever families.