Latin America Program

Colombia Waiting Child Program – Overview

Gladney recognizes that there are thousands of girls and boys in Colombia who are harder to place than healthy infants and has a strong commitment to helping these children. The children that are considered harder to place are available for adoption through Gladney’s ‘Colombia Waiting Child Program’.

Many of the children available to be adopted through the Colombia Waiting Child program have a medical need and include babies, toddlers, and older children. Also available for adoption through the Colombia Waiting Child program are healthy older children, reaching school age (7+ years of age) as well as siblings. Per Hague regulations any previous or ongoing contact with the pre-identified child(ren) and/or the child(ren)’s caregivers must be disclosed to your caseworker.  Failure to disclose contact with the child(ren) or the child(ren)’s caregivers could result in a denial of your adoption approval with Gladney and USCIS.

Throughout the adoption process, we work closely with the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF). The ICBF, located in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, processes international adoptions and oversees the licensing of private orphanages. Gladney also works with private orphanages (IAPA): Casa de la Madre and Pisingos in Bogota, Chiquitines in Cali, and Casa de Maria in Medellin. After acceptance of the child assignment, the family travels to Colombia where they will spend a mandatory 5 to 10 day period to bond with the child. This is a Colombian government requirement for all families. After this period, one parent may return to the U.S. while the other stays in Colombia for the rest of the court process. The paperwork to finalize the adoption will then be processed and will take approximately 3 - 7 weeks to complete depending on the city in Colombia where the adoption takes place. The entire process in-country generally requires a 5 - 8 week stay in country.

After receiving the Adoption decree, new birth certificate and passport the family can then apply to receive the visa to enter the United States. Once the child's visa is received, the family may return home to the United States.

Adoption Criteria:

  • Couples must be married a minimum of one year.*
  • Applicants must be at least 25 years of age.
  • One parent must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Both parents have to be at least 15 years older than the child referred.
  • Both parents are required to travel.
  • Many older children and sibling groups are available for immediate referral.

*Gladney requirement

Get Started

International adoption can be a bit confusing and overwhelming in the beginning, but before you know it, you will have a good understanding of the process and considerations that you will actively participate in through the upcoming months. Take the first step on your adoption journey and Create an Account. View the children who are waiting to be adopted and accepted into a loving, stable home. Each child is special and unique; each one is A Child to Love.


Gladney representatives in Colombia will facilitate all adoption proceedings with ICBF and any other entity involved in the pre-identified child(ren)’s case. We agree that all communication regarding our adoption will be through Gladney only. We agree to not contact any government or private entity in Colombia regarding our adoption. It is further agreed that the agency or person uses the internet in the placement of individual children eligible for adoption only where:

  • Such use is not prohibited by applicable State or Federal law or by the laws of the child's country of origin;
  • Such use is subject to controls to avoid misuse and links to any sites that reflect practices that involve the sale, abduction, exploitation, or trafficking of children;
  • Such use, if it includes photographs, is designed to identify children either who are currently waiting for adoption or who have already been adopted or placed for adoption (and who are clearly so identified); and
  • Such use does not serve as a substitute for the direct provision of adoption services, including services to the child,
    the prospective adoptive parent(s), and/or the birth parent(s).

We are aware of and agree to these statements for the Colombia Waiting Child Program at the Gladney Center for Adoption.



Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive | Fort Worth, Texas 76132-4122

Headquarters: 817-922-6000 Pregnant?: 1-800-GLADNEY
International Adoptions: 1-800-INT-ADOP
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