Many children are waiting for a family and Barker is actively seeking families of Colombia heritage
Barker began its Colombia adoption program in the 1970s and has worked with hundreds of families to adopt children in partnership with the Fundación para la Asistencia de la Niñez (FANA) and the Colombian government’s Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF).
Barker’s experienced and knowledgeable staff will guide you through every step of the process. And our services don’t stop at placement. Working with Barker means you will have life-long services, including our unique Colombia Homeland Tour, and ongoing opportunities to be a special part of the Barker adoption community of adoptive families.
If you have questions about the children or the Colombia adoption process, please contact us. We are eager to talk to you!
Barker will only match children with families who have a home study already approved by a Hague accredited agency.
CITIZENSHIP: At least one parent must be a United States citizen.
MARRIAGE: Married couple (including same sex) or single women accepted. Married couples have to be married for at least two years.
AGE: All adopting parents must be at least 25 years of age. Parents between 25 - 45 can adopt a child under 5. Parents between the ages of 46 - 50 can adopt a child over 5.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: There must be one parent who is a Colombian passport holder in order to adopt a healthy, young child. Non-Colombian families can adopt a child with special needs, a child older than 7 or a sibling group of three children or more.
HISTORY: All adopting parents must be in good health physically, mentally and emotionally
Girls and boys with varying degrees of special needs.
AGE AT REFERRAL & PLACEMENT: Children's ages range from 6 months to 6 years - if one of the adoptive parents holds a Colombian passport.
CARE IN COUNTRY: Children reside at FANA, a private orphanage in Bogota.
BIRTH PARENTS: Children are relinquished by their birth mothers or removed from the birth family by court.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Referrals presented include a photo of the child, information about the birth mother and birth father, when available; family and medical history as provided by the birth mother; and medical history since the child was placed for adoption care.
GENDER: Families can request a specific gender, but are required to be open to both.
COMMON NEEDS: Minor/correctable issues, potential neglect and abuse history with biological family.
- Submit an adoption application to Barker.
- Complete the pre-adoption group, the on-line training, and the home study.
- Complete and submit an adoption dossier for Colombia.
- Receive a referral of a child approximately 24 months after the dossier is sent to Colombia. Families open to children with special needs may receive a referral earlier.
- Once a referral has been accepted, travel to Colombia about two months after referral acceptance.
- Stay in Colombia for approximately six to eight weeks, though one parent can usually leave sooner. English-speaking guides in Colombia help the family through the process in-country.
- Return home to the United States with your child. Your child automatically becomes a U.S. citizenship upon entering the United States.
- Send a copy of your child’s Certificate of Citizenship to Barker once received.
Your social worker will guide and support you through this important time. Your social worker will visit with you as frequently as required by your state. Colombia requires that the social worker visits with your family four times after you return from Colombia. Families working exclusively with Barker will be required to participate in a fifth visit.
COUNTRY FEES: Per government guidelines, the administrative process of adoption in Colombia is free in front of the ICBF.
FULL SERVICE CLIENTS: Barker Domestic Service Fee of $12,825 - $13,025 + International Service Fees of $9,500 - $10,500
PLACEMENT ONLY SERVICE CLIENTS: Barker Domestic Service Fee of $7,050 + International Service Fees of $9,500 - $10,500
TRAVEL FEES: Approximately $10,000 (estimated)
In-Service Family Resources: Current Barker families can access updates, documents and instructions by clicking this button and entering your assigned password. Access Resources
Contact us to learn more about International Adoption.
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Colombia Homeland Tour
Barker's Homeland Tour to Colombia offers a unique and life-changing experience for families who adopted children from Colombia.
Tours are open to all adoptees and adoptive families regardless of whether Barker was your placing agency. The trip is geared toward families with teens or young adults ages 13−25 and is designed as an introduction to the child’s birth country, offering opportunities to enjoy Colombia’s rich culture and the experience of visiting FANA. At FANA, families will have the opportunity to meet with a social worker to learn about the child’s personal history and spend time with children living at FANA. In the past we have also visited with expectant mothers who are considering placing their children for adoption. For more information visit our Post Adoption page.