Colombia Adoption Program

In Colombia, children ages 2 months to 16 years are available for adoption.  Colombia is a stable and well-established adoption program.  The children reside in public or private facilities called “iapas” throughout the country.

Families may apply to adopt a waiting child, or they may submit a dossier asking to be matched with a child meeting certain criteria.  Younger children with minor needs are available, but preference for these children is given to families that already have dossiers in Colombia. There are also many beautiful healthy sibling groups available.

The country has a beautifully diverse culture and the children are of Hispanic, African, Indian, or mixed-race heritage.  The children generally receive excellent medical care, but need a forever family to give them the individual love and attention they deserve.  Healthy children older than two months are available for families with Colombian heritage (including adoptees).  Certain adoption grants are also available for families with Colombian heritage.

If you are interested in this program, we invite you to contact Misty Lucas ( to discuss your individual situation or inquire about current children available for adoption.

Adoption between the United States and Colombia is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Colombia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. Therefore all adoptions between Colombia and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.

Colombian Heritage Program

MAA is proud to work with families who are adopting through the Colombia Heritage Adoption program!  In order for a family to be eligible, a prospective adoptive parent (PAP) must have Colombian citizenship with proof of a Colombian Birth Certificate, Cedula, and Colombian Passport.  Adoptees from Colombia are also eligible!  Those heritage families who participate in this program to adopt an apparently healthy child from Colombia must meet the following requirements:

Oldest PAP within Family          Age of child requested                  Max age of Sibling group

25 to 50 yrs                                      0 to 5 yrs 11 months                       0 to 6 yrs 11 months

51 to 54 yrs                                      6 yrs to 9 yrs 11 months                7 yrs to 9 yrs 11 months

If you are of Colombian descent, please contact us to see if you qualify for the Colombian Heritage Program!

International Foreigner Program

MAA is proud to work with families who want to adopt children from Colombia!  All of these children are considered to have special needs, older, and/or sibling groups.

Oldest PAP within Family          Age of child requested                   Max age of Sibling group

25 to 55 yrs                                       0 to 5 yrs 11 months                       0 to 6 yrs 11 months

56 to 59 yrs                                      6 yrs to 9 yrs 11 months                7 yrs to 9 yrs 11 months

Prospective Adoptive Parents who are older than 59 will have to adopt children 12 and older.

Hosting Program

Colombia has a well-established hosting program for older children and sibling groups who are legally free for adoption.  MAA prefers to be within driving distance for each hosting child and family.  We also find it easier and more enjoyable for the children when they are placed in families within the same communities.  Thus, we only allow children to be hosted in states where we have staff on the ground.  If you are interested in participating in MAA’s hosting program, please contact Misty Lucas at or Adriana Chavez at .

Once you have decided to adopt from Colombia.…

The staff at Madison Adoption Associates will guide you through every step of the process. We will answer your questions, help you prepare and complete your paperwork, provide support and encouragement, and assist you with your travel arrangements.  It is important to begin your Home Study and the USCIS Immigration Forms as soon as possible because they generally take up to six months to complete.

It is highly recommended by the Colombian Central Authority to begin learning basic Spanish before travel.