Because Colombia is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Colombia must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption.  For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Colombia have determined that placement of the child within Colombia has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests.  In addition to Colombia’s requirements, a child must meet the definition of Convention adoptee to be eligible for an immigrant visa that will allow you to bring him or her home.

Colombia only approves a child for adoption after completing an extensive review of the child’s situation and his or her extended family (a process known as the restoration of rights – “restablecimiento de derechos” in Spanish).

On July 15, 2013, ICBF ceased accepting new inter-country adoption applications from non-Colombian citizens living abroad interested in adopting a child under 6 years and 11 months old, unless ICBF considers the child to have special characteristics or needs.  ICBF has indicated that this restriction will last at least two years.


  • Relinquishment: Colombian law allows adoption by direct relinquishment to blood relatives within the third degree of consanguinity or second degree of affinity.   
  • Abandonment: Most inter-country adoptions from Colombia occur after a family defender issues a declaration of adoptability following an extensive review of the child’s living situation and his/her biological and extended family’s ability to care for the child (“restoration or rights”).
  • Sibling Adoptions:  Sibling adoptions may take place in Colombia. 
  • Special Needs or Medical Conditions: Our highest priority is to find home for children with special characteristics or needs:
  1. Three or more siblings.
  2. Two siblings, one older than eight years of age.
  3. Any child older than 8 years of age with no diseases or disabilities.
  4. Any child of any age with a physical or mental disability.
  5. Any child with a chronic disease (HIV, cardiac, liver, among others).

We are committed to accelerating the entire adoption process – from declaration of adoptability through the final issuance of the adoption decree – for families interested in these children.

  • Waiting Period or Foster Care:  There is no mandatory waiting period to be matched with a child.  Sometimes, however, it is required that prospective parents spend a minimum of three days (more typically one to two weeks) living with the child(ren) in Colombia before it will allow the family to file their final adoption paperwork with a Colombian court.