Note: None of the children seen on this page are available for adoption.

CHI’s Colombian Adoption Program

Children’s House International is accredited by the Colombian Central Authority as an adoption service provider.

We have a long history of working in Latin America, where our programs have in the past included Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Guatemala. Our International Specialist has 20 years experience working in Latin America plus is an adoptive parent of Latin American children. She speaks fluent Spanish and travels regularly to Colombia. Children’s House believes that consistent in person contact with the authorities and representatives are very important to insure a smoother process for the families.

Children’s House works directly with ICBF (Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar) who is Colombia’s federal social services and also their Central Authority. We feel privileged and hope to help many waiting Colombia children find their forever families. We are anxious to help answer any questions you may have about this program.

Why Children’s House International?

There are a lot of good people working in adoption. What makes CHI different? We promise attention to detail – we’ll be spending the hours and hours on the telephone and computer with Colombia while you prepare your new child’s room. We’ll make sure your paperwork is in order so your approvals happen as smoothly as possible. We will be there to answer your questions and we will always try to get right back with you quickly. We will point you in the direction of useful resources to help in your planning – things like Colombian adoption Internet groups, books and language resources, qualified specialists in International adoption to answer your medical and developmental questions, and more. And when it comes time to travel, we’ll arm you with all the information you need to make your trip both successful and pleasurable. Lastly, we won’t make you bring large sums of cash with you when you travel. All money for the adoption can be handled through CHI here in the US. Our goal is to make your adoption experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Children’s House International is proud of its reputation. We would be happy to answer all your questions

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information including our application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information on: the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption, click here.

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Adoption Process

Once you have decided to adopt you will be anxious to get started with the paperwork part of the process.

Steps to an International Adoption From Colombia:

      1. Complete an intake call with the International Specialist. This is to verify that you qualify for the Colombia program.
      2. Send CHI your completed Application and Application Fee, along with your signed Agency Retainer Agreement, Financial Disclosure Agreement, and all other contractual forms downloaded from the CHI document site.
      3. Begin your Home Study; take Adoption Education Courses and read suggested educational materials. If you live in Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah, or Washington, a CHI social worker will complete your home study. If you live outside these states, we will help you find a local agency social worker to prepare your home study. Because Colombia is a member of the Hague Convention on International Adoptions, a home study completed by an agency who is Hague accredited is required. The social worker completing your home study will visit you and your family, conduct thorough interviews, education your family on adoption issues, review the required paperwork (birth certificates, marriage license, divorce decrees, etc) and then prepare a detailed report. These reports are typically between 7-10 pages in length.

      1. File the I-800A with USCIS. Once your home study is complete, you will file form I800A, along with other supporting documents with U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS). During this process, which typically takes 2 months from start to finish, you and your spouse will be fingerprinted through the FBI and the home study and other documents will be reviewed by USCIS. Your approval will be mailed to you. This approval is one of the requirements in order for your adopted child to obtain a visa and be able to enter the U.S. Also, if you don’t already have them, obtain your passports. If you already have them make sure they will not expire during your adoption process.
      2. Gather Dossier documents and forward Dossier to CHI. The dossier is a collection of all the required paperwork for your adoption file that the Colombian government will review. CHI will send you detailed instructions on dossier preparation at the beginning of the process. This can take anywhere from several weeks to months to compile.
      3. Your completed dossier will be sent to Colombia for translation and seals. It will then be submitted to ICBF (Colombian central authority) for their review and approval.
      4. ICBF provides the referral to CHI and their Social Services Supervisor sends to the family . Time from dossier approval to referral varies according to the age and or special need requested.
      5. Upon acceptance of the referral, an I-800 is filed with USCIS to determine the adoptability of the child. Travel takes place subsequent to USCIS approval.
      6. Both parents must travel to Colombia to the region where the child lives. One parent may return in 7 to 10 days, after spending time with the child for the bonding period. One parent must stay in Colombia approximately 4-6 weeks to complete the adoption process.
      7. After obtaining the visa at the US Consulate you may return home to begin your new life with your child.

CHI will guide you through this process from beginning to end.

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Children Waiting For Families in Colombia

The children available for adoption in Colombia are 8 years of age and older, sibling groups, and children under 8 that have “special characteristics” (special needs) ranging from minor to severe. Children’s House International is approved to place children in the below circumstances:

      • 3 or more siblings (ages vary)
      • 2 siblings, 1 which is more than 8 years old
      • a child older than 8 years without a special need
      • any age child with a physical or mental special need, correctable or non correctable

ETHNIC GROUPS: Colombian children are from a variety of ethnic groups that make up Colombia’s rich, cultural heritage. These groups are made up of:

      • Latino-Colombian
      • African-Colombian
      • European-Colombian

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Adoptive Parent Requirements

While your adoption journey may begin today, adoptive parents should understand that adoption is a lifelong commitment. A successful home study plays a vital role in helping on your preparation to become adoptive parents. Our trained and caring professionals will respect your confidentiality was we work together to educate and create an accurate portrait of you as future adoptive parents. The home study is an invaluable first step toward parenthood.

Approved Home Study

If you live in Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah, or Washington, a CHI social worker will complete your home study. If you live outside these states, we will help you find a local agency social worker to prepare your home study.

Because Colombia is a member of the Hague Convention on International Adoptions, a home study completed by an agency who is Hague accredited is required. It takes approximately two to three months to complete your home study, maybe a little longer. Some states have more requirements than others. Several post placement reports from your social worker will required when you return home with your child.

The home study begins with adoptive parent education and a thorough evaluation of your family that will include several background clearances, medical evaluations and financial stability. Your home study is foundation on which USCIS and in country approvals for international adoption are based. They enable adoptive parents to learn, reflect, and prepare for parenting. It involves opening your hearts, minds, and home to a social worker through a series of meetings and gives you the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have as well.

USCIS Immigration Approval

USCIS (United States Citizenship & Immigration Services) immigration approval is required for all international adoptions (this includes an FBI fingerprint results). This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a VISA from the U.S. Embassy and enter the U.S. and become a citizen.

Colombia Adoptive Parent Requirements

      • Colombia doesn’t discriminate based on sexual orientation.
      • Single men and women and married couples may adopt.
      • Single men may adopt boys who are over 8 years of age.
      • Single women may adopt boys or girls over 8 years of age.
      • No more than 3 previous marriages per spouse
      • Couples should be married at least 2.5 years for first marriage and 3 years for a second marriage.
      • Applicants should be 25 to 54 years of age.
      • Psychological Evaluation 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.
      • Colombia may waive one of the above requirements for more information please speak with our Colombia case manager.
      • Parents with Colombian Heritage are given preferential treatment by the Colombian Government!

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Travel Process

Both adoptive parents must be present for the initial one to two week integration period, during which the child will be in the care of the prospective adoptive parents. The integration period takes place in the region where the child lives, after meetings with government officials. If ICBF determines that this is a favorable placement at the end of the integration period, the judicial process begins. At this time, one parent can return to the U.S. if necessary. The total time for this parent in Colombia will be 7 to 10 days.

The second parent must remain in country through the end of the adoption process, approximately 3-4 weeks. The attorney requests a date for the final adoption hearing, at which time the adoptive parent(s) appear before the judge and the adoption is finalized. The child is then issued a new birth certificate. CHI’s Representative assists the family in completing the various pre-travel requirements including obtaining the child’s Colombian passport, US Visa, and the required medical exam at the US Embassy in Bogotá.

Upon completion of that process, the family can return to the United States. The child will become a United States citizen automatically upon their arrival to the United States, and the family will receive the child’s Certificate of Citizenship soon thereafter.

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Waiting Children

There are thousands of children available for adoption in Colombia who have “special characteristics” (special needs). These include all ages with special needs, sibling groups, or children 8 years and older without special needs.

Here is a list of special needs that unfortunately have effected many children who are just waiting for a family.

  • Achondroplasia
  • Autism
  • Cognitive and Attention Deficit
  • Cerebral Dysfunction
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Dwarfism
  • Epilepsy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Hemiparesis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hearing Loss
  • Muscular Hypotonia
  • Brain Injury
  • Meningitis
  • Total Blindness
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Microcephaly
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Paralysis of Lower Limb
  • Behavior Problems (Requiring Theraputic Intervention)
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Moderate mental Retardation
  • Mental Retardation
  • Delay Psychomotor
  • Dysmorphic Syndrome
  • Profound Deafness
  • Psychiatric Disorder
  • Victim of Sexual Abuse
  • HIV

Children are also needing homes with the following Special Needs:

  • Renal Agenia
  • Albinism Oculocutaneous
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Imperforate Anus
  • Background of Leukemia
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Severe Dermatitis
  • Dermatomycoses
  • Chronic Malnutrition
  • Malnutrition Type Marasmus
  • Diabetes
  • Scoliosis
  • Aortic Esterosis Postvalvuloplastia
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Genovalgo
  • Gynecomastia
  • Plano Hemangioma
  • Hermangiomas
  • Paralyzed
  • Hemophilia
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hermaphroditism
  • Left Hydronephrosis
  • Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • Turbinates Hypertrophy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cleft Lip and Palate
  • Limited Hearing
  • Face and Agree Bilateral Lymphangioma
  • Reg. Submandibular
  • Malaria
  • Physical Defects
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis
  • Bilateral Nephrosis
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Acute Otitis Media
  • Oxygen Dependent
  • Chapin Pie
  • Club Foot
  • Polydactyly
  • Bronchial Problems
  • Language Problems
  • Right Ptosis
  • Body and Face Burns
  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux
  • Retinopathy
  • Ruptured Tympanic Membrane
  • Congenital Syphilis
  • Syndactyly
  • Arnold Syndrome
  • Dandy Walker Syndrome
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Murmur-Grade II
  • Congenital Torticollis
  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Congenital Hepatic Tumor
  • Pulmonary Valvuloplasty
  • Anal Warts

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Country Facts

Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a constitutional republic in northwestern South America. Colombia is very ethnically diverse and has a rich cultural heritage. It’s known for great music, wonderful food, and of course, the world’s best coffee.

Colombia is bordered to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; to the north by the Caribbean Sea; to the northwest by Panama; and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. With a population of over 46 million people, Colombia has the second largest population in South America. Colombia is located above the Equator, which gives it a tropical climate year round. The geography is diverse and includes mountainous areas, jungle, deserts, rivers, lakes and beautiful beaches on the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

Many interesting facts can be found on the World Factbook website.

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