June 12, 2024

International Spotlight: Colombia


Program Highlights

Nightlight’s Colombia Adoption Program stands out as one of the largest and most successful international adoption programs. This program is notably the fastest option for families open to adopting older children, offering a streamlined process and a wide range of support services.

Country and Culture

Colombia is a vibrant South American country with a warm Hispanic culture and a tropical climate. Despite facing challenges related to poverty, Colombia is dedicated to providing robust care for children through comprehensive nutrition, medical care, and therapy services. The country's commitment to child welfare is reinforced by its participation in the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

Program Success

  • 2023 Achievements: 15 children joined their forever families.
  • 2024 Progress: 9 children have been placed so far this year.

Key Features of the Program

  • Support Services:
    • Our agency offers thorough guidance and training, ensuring transparency and clear guidelines throughout the adoption process.
    • Families are connected with other adoptive families for shared experiences and support.
  • Adoption Infrastructure and Child Welfare:
    • As a Hague Convention country, Colombia ensures cooperation and protection of children's rights in international adoptions.
    • The central authority, ICBF, oversees the process, providing medical, therapeutic, and other essential services to children in care.
  • Experienced In-Country Support:
    • Our seasoned in-country team offers reliable and efficient support, helping families navigate the adoption system confidently.

Available Children

The program offers opportunities to adopt a diverse range of children, including:

  • Single children above age 10
  • Sibling groups (with at least one child over age 10)
  • Children of all ages with various special needs (children under the age of 10 will have special needs ranging from moderate to significant)
  • Children of Hispanic, Afro-Colombian, and bi-racial descent

Eligibility Criteria for Prospective Adoptive Parents

  • Couples married for at least 2 years
  • Single women and men
  • At least one parent must be over 25 years old
  • The age difference between adoptive parents and the child should not exceed 45 years (flexibility for families adopting school-age children and children with special needs)

Adoption Process Timeline

The adoption process typically takes about 18-24 months, depending on the type of child prospective parents are open to adopting.

Contact Information

For more information, please reach out to Rebecca Tolson at Rebecca@nightlight.org.

Nightlight’s Colombia Adoption Program provides a supportive, efficient, and rewarding pathway to building a family. We are here to assist you every step of the way in this life-changing journey.

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