Adopt a Child from Colombia



AGCI is working to help find forever families for the 11,000 Colombian orphans in need of a loving adoptive family to call their own. We work closely with Colombia’s central authority, The Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, in our efforts to unite orphans with adoptive families through our international adoption program. As a dedicated international Christian adoption agency, we’ll be with you every step of the way on your journey to adopt a child.

To determine your eligibility and view photos of waiting children, please submit a FREE Pre-Application

  • Available Children for Adoption

    The following waiting children are available for adoption:

    • Children from ages 0 to 14 years old are available for adoption.
    • Children with special needs and sibling groups of all ages are also available.
    • For families of Colombian heritage, healthy children age 0-3 are available and adoption timelines are expedited.

    More than 11,000 Colombian children are waiting to be adopted.

    AGCI works with Colombia’s central authority, Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF). The ICBF is the entity that processes all international adoptions in Colombia, and is located in the capital of Bogota.

  • Adoption Process for Colombia

    Step 1
    Complete your home study and then submit your dossier.

    Step 2
    Wait for a referral to be matched with your child! With a social worker’s approval, a referral can occur for a waiting child before the completion of your dossier.

    Step 3
    Travel to meet your child! It’s required that both parents spend 8 days in-country with their adopted child. Depending on the region, the in-country stay is approximately 2-3 weeks. During your stay, the following will take place:
    Interview by the ICBF guardians to assess the bonding period
    Documents submitted to court
    Court approval
    Obtain birth certificates and passports
    Final medical examination
    U.S. Embassy for final exit interview
    Court Process

    Step 4
    Welcome home! AGCI and Colombia require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 6, 9, 15, and 21 month anniversaries of your child’s adoption. Parents are also required to complete their state’s re-adoption process.


  • Adoption Requirements for Colombia

    Age of Parents
    Parents between the ages of 25 and 49 are welcome to adopt a child.

    Marital Status
    Couples married at least two years are welcome to adopt.

    Children in Family
    Families with children are welcome to adopt from Colombia.

    Single Applicant
    Single women 49 years and older may adopt older children (8+), older siblings or children with severe special needs.

    Families must have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.

    Criminal History
    Applicants cannot have a history of felonies and no more than two misdemeanors in their lifetime.

    Medical History
    Applicants with a past or current diagnosis of a life-threatening or communicable disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent and/or the quality of life of a child are ineligible to adopt.

    Time Frame for Adoption
    The approximate time frame from application through finalization of an adoption is 18 to 24 months

  • Adoption Fees for Colombia

    Payment plans are available. Our financial services advisor will work with you to create your personalized plan.

    The approximate cost to adopt from Colombia is $26,000. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel. For details visit the AGCI Adoption Fees page.

    Fee Disclosure: All fees paid to AGCI are paid in advance of service. AGCI fees are non refundable and may not be waived. If services are terminated and a refund is due, all refunds will be processed within 60 days of withdrawal and/or closure of the adoption file upon receiving the Adoption Termination Contract.

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