Lifeline welcomes you to join one of our newest and most exciting programs here at Lifeline. Colombia is a Hague-certified country that is quickly growing in the adoption world. Our experienced team of adoption specialists encourages you to consider Colombia and is ready to assist you in this incredibly journey. We believe you will find Colombian adoption as an excellent way for families and single parents alike to add to their families as well as provide a child a loving home.
Colombia is located in the northern coastal region of South America and is bordered by Venezuela, Brazil, and Peru. Here you will find a beautiful, diverse geography which encompasses the coastal regions, the Andes Mountains, and the Amazon Rainforest. Colombia is vastly growing country as it is the second most-populated country in South America. Here, you will find a culture that is as diverse as its geography. The culture is both warm and bright but poverty rates have become exceedingly unequal in distribution. Due to poverty, violence, and high-birth rates, many children in Colombia are left without families and in need of homes. The Colombian government has taken protective measures in order to ensure the safety of these children. Colombia’s Central Authority for adoptions, the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) is Colombia’s governing body of adoption and oversees all adoptions from Colombia. We believe you will be pleased with the successful, efficient system that ICBF is proud to run.
This program includes children of all ages with medical special needs, sibling groups, and older children. Although children of all ages can be adopted, Lifeline recommends that you be open to considering at least up to age 8 if you are interested in adopting a single child or sibling group. The children are primarily cared for in foster care homes or in institutional settings as they are waiting to be adopted. Children of all ages with varying medical special needs, children above the age of 7, and sibling groups are considered special characteristics and are especially in need of adoptive homes. There are many factors that determine how long the adoption and visa process takes, including paperwork approval times, desired sex and age of the child, and the age of the prospective adoptive parent(s). It has been reported the entire process will take 18 to 24 months. This time may vary due to parents’ willingness to remain open to older children or special needs.
Who We Are
Lifeline is a state-licensed, non-profit ministry that exists to both place these children in a safe and loving home and provide services to Christian families desiring to adopt. Lifeline has recently begun its adoption ministry in Colombia with a vision to help find loving, Christian homes for these precious children who otherwise might never experience the love and care from having a family of their own. Lifeline invites you to open your heart and take this incredible journey of faith to Colombia.
The Adoption Process
The adoption process begins with a home study report. This report consists of four interviews with a social worker as well as the completion of various accompanying documents that will be gathered during the process. Lifeline will complete the home study report for families residing in one of the states in which we are licensed: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, or Washington State. Lifeline will help to refer families residing outside of one of these states to a home study provider in your state of residence. During the home study report process, you will apply to Citizenship and Immigration Services and begin gathering documents for your Dossier Packet. Your Lifeline social worker will help you complete your Dossier and will send it to the Lifeline representative in Colombia upon completion.
After your dossier has been approved by ICBF your Lifeline social worker will work to match you with a child. ICBF requests that a family travel to Colombia to pick up their child as soon as possible once the family receives clearance to do so from U.S. Immigration. From the time a family accepts a referral to the time they travel to Colombia is a period of 2-3 months. The trip to Colombia to pick up your child will take approximately 5-7 weeks. For married couples, one parent will stay the entire period while the other may leave the final week. While in Colombia you will be accompanied by Lifeline’s representative and a bilingual guide. They will assist you with paperwork and accompany you to all necessary in-country appointments.
Colombia has specific post-adoption requirements. Once you and your child are home, your Lifeline social worker will visit your family in your home to complete a post-adoption visit and report. ICBF requires that a social worker meet with your family after three months and once every six months after that for the first two years your child is home. This means post placement visits will occur at 3 months, 9 months, 15 months, and 21 months. Your social worker will submit a report to ICBF based on these visits attesting to the welfare and development of your child in your home.
We are excited about the opportunity to work with Colombia and help needy children find their forever families! Start the journey here by searching our website for valuable information that will help you through the Colombia adoption process. For more information call the Lifeline office at (205) 967-0811 or email Beth Stanley here.