Colombia-flag.pngAdopt from Colombia

You can adopt from Colombia.  Nightlight Christian Adoptions Agency began working in Colombia in 2016. Adopting from Colombia is a wonderful option in international adoption. Children available for adoption are children above age 10, sibling sets of 2+ and children with mild and/or correctable special needs. We estimate the adoption process will take between 1 to 2 years.


Colombia is a South American country rich in natural resources with a beautiful culture. The capitol is Bogota and the primary language spoken is Spanish. Colombia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore, all intercountry adoptions between Colombia and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention. Colombian adoptions are conducted through a collaborative effort of a Hague accredited adoption agency in the US and by ICBF (Colombian Family Welfare Institute).


  • Both boys and girls are available for adoption.
  • Children above the age of 10.
  • Sibling groups of two (one child must be over age 10).
  • Sibling groups of three.
  • Children of all ages with mild and/or correctable to severe special physical or psychological needs.


Single and married applicants must be at least 25 years old. Married couples must be married for 3 years. Good physical and mental health with proof of financial stability is required. Applicants cannot be more than 45 years older than the child they are adopting.


  • Submit online application to Nightlight Christian Adoptions.
  • Begin your adoption homestudy with a Hague accredited agency and submit form I-800A to USCIS.
  • Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
  • Once USCIS has approved your adoption homestudy, you will receive your I-797C pre-approval notice.
  • Once your USCIS approval has been received your dossier is complete, Nightlight will send your dossier to Colombia. ICBF has 40 days to respond to your submission.
  • If ICBF does not ask for further information and accepts your dossier, our representative in Colombia starts working on matching you according to your requested criteria. If no prospects meet parent profile, family is waitlisted.
  • If our representative finds a child(ren) currently waiting that meets your profile, a referral is sent to Nightlight.
  • Family has 30 days to accept the referral.
  • Family applies for I-800 with referral information and also applies for VISA (DS-260).
  • The family is invited to travel to Colombia to meet their child. The child stays with the adoptive parents for the duration of their stay.
  • An integration meeting is held after the 9 days in country and the dossier is submitted for court (Sentencia).
  • One parent can return to the US after the integration period is over.
  • Sentencia can take from 3-5 weeks.
  • Post Sentencia, a new birth certificate and passport is created.
  • ICBF creates a Certificate of Conformity Letter.
  • Once the letter is received the US Embassy in Bogata schedules an exit interview.
  • The Visa is printed and the family can leave Colombia.


You receive a referral of a child(ren) from Nightlight Christian Adoptions through ICBF. The referral will include a brief social history of the child, and the current health and development of the child. We highly recommend that you have this information reviewed by a doctor who specializes in international adoption before you make a decision. Once you decide to accept a referral, you will be considered “matched” with the child. You will travel to Colombia about 8 weeks after receiving your child’s referral and will be in Colombia between 6 to 8 weeks. Your child will reside with you during your stay. If married, both parents must travel to meet the child. Then one parent may return home after the first nine days.


The program fee for a Colombian adoption is $22,000. Additional estimated expenses of approximately $11,615 will bring the total cost to approximately $33,615. Your out-of-pocket expenses may further be reduced if you receive scholarships or employer-provided adoption benefits. Exhibit A of our contract lists all fees and estimated costs for the Colombia program. Please call (970-663-6799) or e-mail Renae Kennedy,, with any questions.

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To learn more about our Colombia Adoption Program, you may contact us, call our Colorado office (located in Loveland, CO) at (970) 663-6799, or directly email our Colombia coordinator, Renae Kennedy,

Colombia Adoption Program Details:

Children will have mild and/or correctable special needs. belong to sibling groups, or have mild and sometimes correctable special needs.

Adoptive parent age requirement will be determined by the agency. The country requirement is that parents be no more than 45 years older than the adoptive child. There are some exceptions for sibling groups.

There is no wait time for referral if you are adopting a child you hosted.  If you are not adopting a hosted child, referral time will be an estimate 1 to 5 years depending on the family’s openness to age, special needs and number of children.

Colombia is an excellent program for families open to adopting older children. Learn more about adopting an older child HERE.

More Information on Colombia Adoptions

Colombia Adoption Overview
Colombia U.S. Relations
Intercountry Adoption Information on Colombia
Colombia Hosting Program