Colombia Adoption


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).

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To learn more about adopting from Colombia, you may contact us, email April Rogers at or call her at (502) 423-5780.


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


  • 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 2 years.


  1. Make application to Nightlight Christian
  2. Begin your adoption home study and submit form I-800A to
  3. Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
  4. Once USCIS has approved your adoption home study, 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. Complete official referral review with Nightlight’s Social Services Department.
  8. Upon referral acceptance, Nightlight will begin processing the family’s I-800.
  9. You will then travel to Colombia for the required 9-day integration period and then remain in country for the court adoption process
  10. Once you have received the adoption decree, the attorney will obtain a new birth certificate and passport for your child.
  11. The final step is to obtain the US visa for your child and return home. Most families will remain in Colombia for 3-6 weeks for the adoption process to be completed.
  12. The children reside in orphanages while awaiting adoption.
  13. Colombia adoptions can take on average from 9 to 24 months to Families who have hosted a child from Colombia have expedited adoptions.


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 3-5 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 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.


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 adoption for children under 8 years old. For families that adopted a single child over 8 years old or a sibling group of any age, Colombia requires that reports be submitted at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months 24 months, 30 months, and 36 months after adoption. These reports include your child’s developmental progress and pictures. This is a very serious commitment. 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.

More Information on Colombia Adoptions

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