Like many Central and South American countries, international adoption from Colombia is an option for many. 2004 saw nearly 300 children adopted from Colombia.
Like all adoption, the time required for an adoption from Colombia depends not only on the speed at which a country approves your dossier, but also on how quickly you can complete the required paperwork. In Colombia, the wait is largely dependant on the age of the child you would like to adopt. Like many countries, the older the child, the quicker the process.
Travel to Colombia is required and the adoption will be finalized while the parents are in the country. Note: The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for Americans traveling to Colombia. See Travel Warning Below.
Colombia encourages couples to adopt sibling groups. Prospective parents may find greatly reduced fees if they are interested in adopting a siblings.
Travel can range from 2 to 6 weeks to move through the adoption process.
Special consideration is given to prospective parents of Colombian decent.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS: Colombian law only allows for adoptions by a married man and woman. The Colombian adoption laws require that at least one of the adopting parents be over twenty-five years of age and be physically, emotionally, and economically capable of supporting the adopted child. In practice, newborns are assigned to younger couples, and older children are assigned to older couples.
This information is current as of today, Wed Nov 02 2005 20:34:41
GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time).
This Travel Warning is being issued to remind American citizens of ongoing security concerns in Colombia. This supersedes the Travel Warning issued March 3, 2004.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the dangers of travel to Colombia. Violence by narcoterrorist groups and other criminal elements continues to affect all parts of the country, urban and rural, and border areas. Citizens of the United States and other countries continue to be the victims of threats, kidnappings, and other violence.
Violence has decreased markedly in most urban centers, including Bogota, Medellin, Barranquilla, and Cartagena. Nevertheless, since the year 2000, 32 Americans were reported kidnapped in various parts of the country, including four in 2004. No one can be considered immune on the basis of occupation, nationality or any other factor. A number of kidnappings are committed by terrorist groups, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). The FARC are suspected of being responsible for holding captive three Americans since February 2003. The U.S. government places the highest priority on the safe recovery of kidnapped Americans. However, it is U.S. policy not to make concessions to, or strike deals with terrorists, so the U.S. government’s ability to assist kidnapped U.S. citizens is limited.
Violence in Cali and the surrounding areas remains high, much of it related to the illicit drug trade. Much of rural Colombia also remains extremely dangerous due to the presence of narcoterrorists and Colombian government operations against them. While family members are allowed to accompany U.S. government officials assigned to Columbia, in-country travel by U.S. officials and their families is subject to restrictions. Travel by air is allowed to all major cities, but urban and intra-city bus transportation is off-limits to official Americans. U.S. citizens should not travel by road outside of urban areas at night.
As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its Consular Information Program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. U.S. travelers can also get up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 in the U.S. or Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s Consular Information Sheet for Colombia and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov.