Throughout the adoption process, AGCI works closely with Colombia’s central authority, Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF). The ICBF is the entity that processes all international adoption in Colombia, and is located in the capital of Bogota. Currently, there are over 11,000 children waiting to be united with their forever families.
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Orphans Needing Families
All God’s Children International has been changing children’s lives for more than two decades. We reach out to orphans who have no future, to provide the care, love, safety and hope every child deserves. Each year, more than 10,000 orphans, widows, and members of at-risk communities have been met in their moments of need and given comfort.
The following children are available:
• Children from three to 12 years old are available for adoption.
• Special needs children and sibling groups of all ages are also available.
More than 11,000 children are waiting for adoption.
AGCI works with Colombia’s central authority, Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF). The ICBF is the entity that processes all international adoption in Colombia, and is located in the capital of Bogota.
Home Study and Dossier Process
Once you are contracted with AGCI, your first step is to complete your dossier and home study. AGCI staff will assist your family in this paperwork process. When you have completed your dossier, it is sent to Colombia for translation and authentication, and then it is submitted and logged into the ICBF.
A referral of a waiting child(ren) can occur before the dossier is completed, if approved by a social worker. Once the dossier is logged, ICBF places families on their waiting list until a child is referred. Currently, the wait time for a referral can be anywhere from 12 to 24 months. Timelines can be shorter for families who are open to either gender or children with special characteristics. More boys than girls are historically available; however, this can change at any time.
AGCI will forward the child’s information to families for review. The referral information will include complete social and medical history and a picture of the child. At the time of referral acceptance, families must send pictures of their family to the child and begin the immigration paperwork for travel.
It is mandatory for both parents to spend five to 10 days in-country with their child(ren). This is a Colombian government requirement for all families. Depending on the region, the stay in-country is approximately six to eight weeks. During this time,the following steps will take place:
Interview by the ICBF guardians to assess the bonding period
Documents submitted to court
Obtain birth certificates and passports
Final medical examination
U.S. Embassy for final exit interview
Following the five to 10 day bonding period, all paperwork is submitted to court for their judicial process. This can take three to seven weeks, depending on the region your child resides. Once submitted to court, one parent may return home while the other stays in Colombia with the child(ren).
Once your child is home, AGCI and Colombia require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 9, 15 and 21-month anniversaries of your child’s adoption. Once the adoption is finalized and your child is home, adoptive parents are required to complete their state readoption process. The Certificate of Citizenship must be sent with one of the post-adoption reports. All families should receive this within 30 days of being home.
Age of Parents
Parents between the ages of 25 and 49 are welcome to adopt a child.
Couples married at least one year are welcome to adopt. If there is a history of divorce, the current marriage must be two years or longer.
Children in Family
Families with children are welcome to adopt from Colombia.
Single women may adopt.
Families will have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
Applicants can have no history of felonies and no more than two misdemeanors in their lifetime.
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.
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