Qualifications to Adopt from Colombia

According to the Code of Infancy and Adolescence (Law 1098 of 2006) of Colombia, as well as Resolution No. 3748, the Technical Guidelines for Adoption in Colombia issued by the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) on 9/6/2010, and US immigration laws, you must meet the following guidelines to qualify for a Colombia adoption:

If you have questions about your qualifications, please don’t hesitate to contact CCAI!

  • Married couples
  • Singles (must be open to adopting children older than 9 years of age or those with more involved special needs or sibling groups)
  • Couples must be married at least 3 years or minimally document at least 3 years cohabitation.
  • No more than two divorces per applicant
  • Must be between 25 and 50 years of age
    • Exceptions on the upper age range can be made on a case-by-case basis for families who want to adopt children older than 10 years of age, sibling groups, or younger children with more involved special needs.
  • Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 15 but no more than 50 years older than the child to be adopted.
Children at Home There is no regulation regarding number of children already in the home.
  • Must have a stable residence, legitimate source of income, and sufficient financial means.
  • Applicants’ income must meet the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requirements as specified in Form I-864P for 125% of the current Poverty Guideline: https://www.uscis.gov/i-864p.
Health Applicants must be in good physical and mental condition necessary to provide responsible care for an adopted child:
  • A psychological evaluation is required for all applicants.
  • No current diagnosis of a communicable disease, life-threatening illness, or other condition which may impair one’s ability to parent a child.
  • If diagnosed with mild anxiety or depression, or other mental illness, must be under good control and have a favorable recommendation from a licensed psychologist (required dossier document)
  • If any parent has a history of cancer, must be cancer free 5+ years
Education Minimum high school education or GED/vocational equivalent
Citizenship US citizenship, at least one applicant
History No history (as a perpetrator) of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or child abuse

**Applicants of Colombian heritage (with current documentation) are eligible to adopt children 0-15 years of age with no known medical conditions. Please contact CCAI for more information.