SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - COLOMBIA
Colombia is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention) and with which the Convention is in force for the United States. Because Colombia is a Convention country, adoption services must be provided by an accredited agency, temporarily accredited agency, approved person, supervised provider, or exempted provider.
Colombia's Central Authority for adoptions, the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF), is the only means of adopting a Colombian child; Colombian law prohibits private adoptions. Please note ICBF does not allow for a Colombian child to travel to the United States to be adopted. Therefore, prospective adoptive parents must obtain a full and final adoption under Colombian law before the child can immigrate to the United States. Adopting parents are required to be physically present before a "family judge" at the time of adoption. No exceptions are made to this requirement.
Special transition provisions apply to adoptions initiated before April 1, 2008. Additional information can be found here - www.adoption.state.gov/hague/overview/transition.html.
4 Intercountry Adoption, Colombia, Office of Children's Issues, United States Department of State, www.adoption.state.gov/country/colombia.html