Country Update: Colombia



Colombia is OPEN to intercountry adoptions.






July 1, 2013 Alert: Temporary moratorium update

June 3, 2013 Alert: A temporary moratorium on the acceptance of new intercountry adoption applications is expected from Colombia

October 22, 2012 - Notice: Colombia's Revised Procedures for Determining Children's Eligibility for Intercountry Adoption




All of the information listed below is from the following source:
Colombia Web Page, U.S. Department of State, Office of Children's Issues

Number of Adoptions to the U.S.

Fiscal Year Number
FY 2013 159
FY 2012 195
FY 2011 216
FY 2010 235
FY 2009 238
FY 2008 306
FY 2007 309
FY 2006 344
FY 2005 287
FY 2004 285

Hague Country: Yes

Central Authority: Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF)



In addition to the U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, Colombia also has the following eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parents:


Residency Requirements: There are no residency requirements for intercountry adoptions from Colombia.

Age Requirements: Both parents are required to be 25 years old. In practice, newborns are assigned to younger couples and older children to older couples.

Marriage Requirements: Colombian law allows adoptions by a married man and woman and common law spouses of more than three years. Single men and women are only allowed to adopt children over the age of seven on a case-by-case basis.

Income Requirements: Prospective adoptive parents are required to submit documentation confirming their ability to provide for the adopted child. This requirement may be met by only one parent.

Other Requirements: Gay or Lesbian individuals or couples may not adopt children from Colombia. In addition, according to Colombian law, both parents must be found “physically and emotionally capable” to adopt.