How to Adopt a Child From Colombia

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How to Adopt a Child From Colombia
Adopt a Child From Colombia

Many couples feel drawn to adopting a child from the country of Colombia. Although there can be long waits for children, the program is considered stable and forthcoming. If you are interesting in adopting a child from Colombia, follow the steps below to start the process.

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  1. 1

    Understand the requirements for adopting a child from Colombia. The Colombian Institute of Family Welfare requires that the parents' age range fall between 25 to 35 to adopt a child up to 3 years old, 36 to 45 to adopt a child 3 to 6 years old and 45 or older to adopt a child over 7. A single woman can adopt a child 6 or older. Sibling groups are available, as well as children with special needs.

  2. 2

    Be aware that there is more than a 2-year wait for infants from Colombia. Both parents must travel to Colombia for 3 to 4 weeks to pick up their child.

  3. 3

    Contact an agency that is approved to oversee Colombian adoptions such as Children's Hope International or Word Partners Adoption. Fill out and send in your application for agency approval.

  4. 4

    Complete a home study with your agency or a local homestudy agency, following any guidelines set by your state for completing a homestudy.

  5. 5

    Collect any other documents you need to complete your dossier, which will be sent to Colombia for approval. This paperwork includes the I-600A form which is an application that must be approved by the US government. This gives you clearance to bring the child back with you to the United States.

  6. 6

    Submit your completed homestudy and dossier to your agency. Await approval and then a referral from Colombia. You can then make arrangements to travel and pick up your child.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure that you understand all the paperwork and fees required for the adoption. Ask your agency for more information on the costs and paperwork needed.

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