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Adopt From Colombia
An adoption program through Children's Home and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Through a unique partnership between Children's Home and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, families who choose to work with us have many avenues to explore for growing a family through adoption. Please read through the information below and contact us to get started!
The country of Colombia is located on the northwest point of South America, just southeast of Panama. With an estimated 47 million people, it is the third-most populous country in Latin America and is home to the second-largest number of Spanish speakers in the world. Colombia is characterized by high biodiversity--about 10% of the species of the Earth live there! Colombia is also known as the world's leading source of emeralds and the United States' leading importer of cut flowers.
Through our Colombia program, we strive to identify adoptive families for children up to 15 years of age, boys and girls with a range of medical and developmental needs, and sibling groups who must be placed together in the same home. Children who are younger and have no known medical or developmental needs, or have an identified need which is considered to be mild or correctable, are generally placed with Colombian-American families via our heritage program. Colombia's adoption program is Hague.
Children typically placed through the heritage program may:
Children placed through the non-heritage program have been identified by the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) as having special needs, although the medical or developmental issues may be routinely addressed in the U.S. with predictable approaches and successful outcomes. Additionally, children with no identified medical needs that are over the age of eight or part of sibling groups are placed through the non-heritage program.
Children placed through our agency are cared for in orphanages or private adoption houses that are supervised by the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF). Children receive medical care, adequate nutrition, and education, but numerous studies have demonstrated that institutional care is not generally conducive to social and emotional development and children may be delayed in these areas.
To begin the process, you first need to complete the adoption home study process, and then apply for and receive approval of an I-800A application through USCIS. Our staff will guide you to prepare a dossier and will send it to our representative in Colombia. Our experienced representative will then begin working with an appropriate adoption house to identify a child for whom you may be an appropriate match. Depending on the age range and level of developmental or medical needs that you are able to consider, we anticipate that wait times for referral information will be as follows:
In our recent experience, families have been able to travel to Colombia to receive their child in as little as 5-9 weeks after completing the official referral acceptance.
Post-placement reporting is required 3, 9, 15 and 21 months after the adoption date (as indicated on adoption decree/resolution/sentencia).
It is our hope and that of our child-welfare partners in Colombia, that if children cannot grow up in their birth homes, it would be ideal for them to join a family in which at least one parent shares the child’s ethnic heritage. Families throughout the United States are eligible for the Colombia Heritage Program if they meet the general eligibility requirements and if one or both of the prospective adoptive parents is/are of full Colombian descent.
Colombia has strict eligibility requirements regarding the qualification of prospective adoptive parents. The most basic requirements include that applicants should be 25 to 55 years of age and have no serious physical or mental health concerns. Many of the requirements are flexible for individuals who are able to pursue an adoption through our non-heritage program, or our Waiting Identified Children program. For quick reference, we share the written requirements online but we encourage anyone interested in adopting from Colombia to contact one of our adoption information specialists to discuss their circumstances.
For More Information
Please see our Adopt from Colombia flyer and our Colombia Heritage Program flyer for information on fees and expenses. View our International Adoption Chart to compare all of the international adoption programs offered through Children's Home and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.
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