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.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Colombia is a country at the northern tip of South America. Its landscape is marked by rainforests, Andes mountains and numerous coffee plantations. It is the third most populous country in South America. In the high-altitude capital, Bogotá, the Zona Rosa district is known for its restaurants and shops and is a pleasure to visit among tourists. Colombia has a tropical temperate climate with little seasonal variation. The Hispanic culture is warm and friendly. There is a domestic adoption program available to Colombian citizens – these families generally get preference in child placement before foreign adopters.

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 U.S. and by the Colombian Central Adoption Authority (ICBF).

CHILDREN AVAILABLE

Single children above age ten, sibling groups (one child is above age 10), and children of all ages with various special needs are available.

ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT

  • The age difference between adoptive parents and a child should not be more than 45 years. This requirement may be more flexible with families adopting school-age children and children with special needs.
  • At least one parent has to be over 25 years of age.
  • Single women and men are accepted into the program.
  • A couple has to be married for at least 3 years.

PROCESS

  1. Make application to Nightlight Christian Adoptions
  2. Begin your adoption homestudy and submit form I-800A to CIS.
  3. Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
  4. Once USCIS has approved your adoption homestudy, you will receive your I-797C pre-approval notice.
  5. Once your USCIS approval has been received your dossier is complete, you will be registered to adopt in Colombia.
  6. The Colombian Central Authority will add you to a list of waiting families and it can take 6 to 12 months to receive a referral.
  7. Upon referral acceptance, Nightlight will begin processing the family’s I-800.
  8. You will then travel to Colombia for the required 9 day integration period and then remain in country for the court adoption process.
  9. Once you have received the adoption decree, the attorney will obtain a new birth certificate and passport for your child.
  10. The final step is to obtain the US visa for your child and returning home. Most families will remain in Colombia for 3-6 weeks for the adoption process to be completed.
  11. The children reside in orphanages while awaiting adoption.
  12. Colombia adoptions can take on average from 9 to 24 months to complete. Families host a child from Colombia have expedited adoptions.

TRAVEL

Only 1 trip is required for adoption from Colombia. Once you are in country, you will meet your child and he/she will be with you for the duration of your stay. The first 9 days with your child is considered an “integration period.” Then adoption will be finalized while you are in country. This takes approximately 3-6 weeks. A new birth certificate and passport will be issued. After an exit interview with the US Embassy you will be able to leave the country with your child(ren).

NIGHTLIGHT’S COMMITMENT

Nightlight Christian Adoptions is committed to preparing families for the adoption of a child with special needs. We provide pre- and post-adoption education and information regarding medical resources.

POST ADOPTION

Within 30 days of your arrival home, you must have a home visit by your homestudy provider. Your homestudy provider will prepare post-adoption reports and submit them to Nightlight at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after your homecoming date. These reports include your child’s developmental progress and pictures. This is a very serious commitment; Nightlight is committed to showing the Albanian Adoption Committee and birth families that children adopted by US citizens are healthy and well cared for. Compliance with post adoption reports is also required by the Hague Convention.  Therefore, Nightlight charges a fee to monitor and process these post placement reports and also requires families to pay for the cost of the post placement report in advance.

COSTS

The program fee for Colombia is $22,000.  Your additional costs will include home study, airfare, hotel, meals and embassy fees as shown on the current Program Fee Schedule.Please contact Renae Kennedy, renae@nightlight.org (970) 663-6799, ext. 204 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, renae@nightlight.org.

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