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.
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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.
*Families are not permitted to race specify. Families should be open to being matched with a child of either gender.
*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.
Spence-Chapin’s Colombia Heritage Adoption Program connects families of Colombian descent living throughout the United States with children awaiting adoption in Colombia.
*Families are not permitted to race specify
Read program updates and stories about Spence-Chapin families adopting from Colombia on our blog.
Visit our waiting child page to learn more about children currently awaiting their forever families.