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Adoptive Parent Requirements

Many international countries have their own requirements for individuals interested in adopting. In this program, you must be:

  • 25 – 50 years old, married, single, or same sex couples
  • Maximum 45 years older than the child
  • No criminal history
  • Healthy. No significant psychological or physical health concerns or history; limited depression and anxiety
  • Married for at least 2 years
    1 divorce per person allowed
  • If unmarried, 2 years co-habitation
  • Singles may adopt a child of any age with moderate to severe special needs, a child age 10 or older, or sibling groups of 2-3 or more.
  • Must meet 125% of the US poverty guidelines based on household size

Children Available

  • Children under 7 years of age with special needs
  • Healthy school age children
  • Sibling groups


  • Approved Adoption Study Report – 3-6 months
  • Dossier – 1-3 months
  • Referral – 12-36 months
  • Travel – 4-6 weeks after referral
  • Stay In Colombia – Up to 8 weeks
  • Progress reporting – 24 months after placement

Traveling to Colombia

Adoptive parents will travel to Colombia for a stay of up to 8 weeks. One parent may return home after 3 – 4 weeks. A liaison will assist with your translations and appointments.

Progress Reporting

A visit, report, and photos are required at 1, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after returning home with your child.

Age: You & Your Child

  • 25-45 years old; single child age 0-59 months or sibling group with the oldest child age 0-6 years 11 months
  • 46-50 years old; single child age 5-9 years or sibling group with the oldest child age 7 years and older
  • Single adopters 45-50 years old; children age 10 and older

Visa Status

Colombia is a signatory to the Hague Convention on Inter- country adoption. Children receive an IH-3 visa in their passport prior to entering the United States. Upon arrival, the child officially becomes a US citizen.

Legal Status

Families receive a full and final adoption in Colombia. Families need to file the adoption in the local court, depending on their state of residence.

Learning More About Colombia

Colombia is located at the northern tip of South America; bordered by Panama and the Caribbean Sea to the north, Venezuela and Brazil to the east, Ecuador and Peru to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.  Colombia’s landscape includes rainforests, the Andes Mountains, as well as numerous coffee plantations. Its capital, Bogotá is the largest city in Colombia and offers the Zona Rosa district which is known for its restaurants and shops. Bogotá has many universities, libraries, and museums and is one of the biggest cities in Latin America. Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast, has a walled colonial Old Town, a 16th-century castle, and nearby coral reefs.

Colombia has an ethnically diverse population.  Approximately half of Colombia’s population is Mestizo (mixed European and Amerindian ancestry), about a third is of European decent (predominantly Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and German), about 10% is of African descent, and Indigenous Amerindians compromise the remaining 5%. The interactions between the original native inhabitants, Spanish Colonist, African slaves, and 20th century immigrants from the Middle East and Europe have created a rich cultural heritage.  Most Colombian’s speak Spanish, also called Castilian, but there are also 65 Amerindian languages, 2 Creole languages, and the Romani language is also spoken.  In San Andres, Providencia, and Santa Catalina Islands English is spoken as well. Colombia has a tropical temperate climate with little seasonal variation. Colombia’s climatic variations are determined by altitude.

To Apply for this Program

Fill out an application by clicking the button below. Note: For families located in Minnesota, please review the document, titled “Completing an Adoption in MN” before applying. For all other questions, Contact Us.

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