INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION FROM COLOMBIA

“Be open-minded about what’s possible. Yes, these kids have been through a lot, but they want the stability, safety and belonging of a family. You have to be available, if God’s ready to expand your family. Our kids found us, and we’re super blessed to have them in our lives.” — Todd Jackson, AGCI Adoptive Dad

Adopt from Colombia

Program Overview        Eligibility        Fees        Process        Staff        Apply

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

AGCI is one of just a few agencies approved in the U.S. to work with La Casa—one of the only private, government-approved homes in Colombia licensed to make referrals of children to families. The care at La Casa is exceptional and the staff provides us with detailed reports and updates on all waiting children so we’re best able to advocate for them. AGCI works with Colombia’s central authority, Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) to facilitate adoptions. ICBF is the entity that processes all international adoptions in Colombia and is located in the capital of Bogota.

AGCI has been elevating care and placing children with families in Colombia since 2014. Grants are also available—in the past two years, families adopting through AGCI’s Colombia program received over $28,180 in adoption grants.

  • Children ages 0 to 14 are waiting.
  • Children with medical conditions and sibling groups are also eligible.
  • For families of Colombian heritage, healthy children ages 0-3 are available.
  • We need families for our Colombia program—there are currently 11,000 orphans waiting to be adopted in Colombia.
  • 20% of recent families united with their children within 6 months!
  • Timeframe: 6-18 months. Timeframe is from registered dossier to completion. Timeframes are dependent on family’s openness to medical conditions, gender, and age of child.
  • Complete a FREE Pre-App to view waiting kids.
MEGAN IS WAITING FOR A FAMILY

Sweet Megan is a ray of sunshine! Megan is a happy, active girl with a smile that lights up the room. This adorable little girl loves to color, build with toys, play with baby dolls, dance, and sing! Megan is a natural leader and takes initiative! This loving, affectionate little girl is also very bonded to her friends and foster family and is just a joy to everyone around her!

Eligibility

Age of Parents

Parents between the ages of 25 and 49 are welcome to adopt a child. There must be at least a 15-year age difference between the youngest parent and the adopted child. Parents 49 years and older may adopt older children (10+) and older siblings.

Marital Status

Couples married at least two years are welcome to adopt.

Single Applicant

Single women 49 years and older may adopt older children (10+), older siblings, or children with medical conditions.

Children in Family

Families with children are welcome to adopt from Colombia.

Income

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. A psychological evaluation is required for all applicants.

Fees

The approximate cost to adopt from Colombia is $26,000. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.

It’s important to keep in mind that the estimated cost of adopting from Colombia after tax credits is $18,030. To learn more about adoption tax credits, grants, and how to fund your adoption, schedule an appointment with our Financial Expert.

Additionally, there are so many ways to fund your adoption! You can learn more about AGCI specific grants, adoption loans, and employee benefits and more on our How to Fund Page!

AGENCY FEES

APPLICATION: $300
 This non-refundable fee covers the cost of a review of your application to confirm your eligibility for your program and address any potential challenges with you, your social worker, and our in-country staff.

U.S. AGENCY: $6,000
* The agency fee covers AGCI’s cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials
 in both the United States and foreign country. Processing expenses for AGCI include, but are not limited to, personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, state. federal, and international licensing and accreditations, communications and insurance.

ORPHAN CARE: $2,500* Th
is fee provides care for orphans around the world and allows AGCI to provide the medical, emotional, spiritual, and developmental care that every child deserves.

POST-ADOPTION SERVICE: $1,750This fee allows us to provide post-adoption support services to your family and process post-adoption reports.

*If adopting siblings, agency and orphan care fees increase.

HOME STUDY AND POST-ADOPTION*

HOME STUDY SERVICES: $2,200 These fees cover our services in preparing and completing your adoption home study, including any applicable social worker travel costs.

POST-ADOPTION SERVICES: $400 per report; $225 per report for each additional child. These fees cover the cost for AGCI to provide post-placement visits and reports upon arrival home.

*These fees may vary if payable to your home study agency for families living outside of AGCI’s licensed states.

NON-AGCI HOME STUDY REVIEW: $350 Any home study written by one of AGCI’s cooperating agencies will be reviewed by AGCI to ensure it meets all AGCI, USCIS, Hague and sending country criteria. Home study and Post Adoption service fees are paid to your cooperating agency.

COLOMBIA COUNTRY FEES & EXPENSES

$6,500-$12,500 These fees cover the cost of facilitating an international adoption in Colombia. These fees include, but are not limited to costs related to personnel, administration, training and education, legal fees and communications associated with government and agency authorities, government fees, and care of your child prior to the completion of your adoption.

 

THIRD PARTY EXPENSES

Adoptive Parent Education:Approximately $260
FBI Fingerprinting:$85 per adult
USCIS & Immigration Related Fees:$775+
Notary Services, County & State Authentication:$250+
Document Authentication and Translation Fees:$400-$3,600
Re-Adoption:$500-$1,500
Travel Expenses:$3,000-$15,000

TOTAL COST: The approximate cost to adopt from Colombia is $26,000. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel.

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.

“In encouraging other people to adopt, I would want people to know about the amazing care the kids have received in Colombia. It has been a much easier transition than we expected. They have really helped kids in their adjustment. People were in awe that we adopted, but we just have a heart for kids. You don’t need to be extra special people.”
— Kim Hamilton, AGCI Adoptive Mom

Process

STEP ONE

Complete your home study and then submit your dossier.

STEP TWO

Wait to be matched with your child and begin the referral process! Once the information on the child is received, you will have two weeks to make an informed decision about accepting the referral. With a social worker’s approval, a referral can occur for a waiting child before the completion of your dossier.

STEP THREE

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 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
  • Apply for an adoption visa
  • U.S. Embassy for final exit interview
  • Court Process
STEP FOUR

Welcome home! AGCI and Colombia require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 6, 12 18, and 24-month anniversaries of your child’s adoption. Parents are also required to complete their state’s re-adoption process. AGCI is here for support throughout your child’s life—connect with us at anytime for ongoing support services!

STAFF

COLOMBIA IN-COUNTRY TEAM

Our in country representative, Ana Maria, facilities all adoptions through AGCI’s Colombia program! Additionally, AGCI works closely with a team of social workers. These social workers visit children and orphanages throughout Colombia to determine whether kids should be eligible for adoption or reunited with their birth families and then put a plan in place to make it happen.

COLOMBIA IN-HOUSE TEAM

Soojin Park, Colombia International Adoption Specialist

Soojin has a BS in Social Science and has served with AGCI for over 12 years! Throughout her tenure at AGCI, Soojin has united hundreds of children with their forever families! Soojin is passionate about the children AGCI serves and feels blessed to be part of their journey to their forever family.

IN ADDITION TO OUR COLOMBIA ADOPTION PROGRAM, AGCI IS WORKING TO FURTHER IMPROVE CARE IN COLOMBIA THROUGH OUR ORPHAN CARE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM AND ADVOCACY EFFORTS.

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PROVIDE

Through sponsorship, we’re able to ensure that children at La Casa receive the best holistic care while they wait to be matched with their forever family.

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POLICY

Thanks to AGCI, 5,000 children now have national social workers to advocate for their pathway into a family.

“I always recommend AGCI. From the very beginning, we felt supported. The communication was super easy and quick. We always felt very cared for by the staff at AGCI and like we were given realistic expectations. Post adoption support has also been really nice. It’s great to still have that connection and personal relationships. We definitely want to adopt through AGCI again some day.”
–Macon and Daniel James
CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ADOPTING FROM COLOMBIA!

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