Latest Adoption Statistics
ICBF recently updated their adoption statistics. Below is a summary of those statistics which were current as of July 1, 2009.
In 2008, there were 2,542 children of all ages placed for adoption. Of which, 1,019 were placed with Colombian families and 1,523 were placed with Foreign families. It would be important to note that COLOMBIAN families are families in Colombia or families with at least 1 Colombian parent living abroad.
Between January 1, 2009 and July 1, 2009, there have been 1,227 children placed for adoption in Colombia -- 524 to Colombian families and 703 to foreign families. Of these, 174 were placed by Casas Privadas and 1,053 were placed by ICBF.
ICBF would like to point out that as of July 1, 2009, there were 8,127 children and adolescents that have official declarations of adoptability and belong to the category SPECIAL NEEDS. Special Needs in Colombia is defined as children with disabilities, children over 8 years of age, and sibling groups of 3 or more. These children are available immediately and families requesting children in this category will receive PRIORITY and PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT.
Here is the breakdown of the 8,127 adoptable children in the Special Needs Category:
743 ---- children younger than 7 that belong to large sibling groups
480 ---- children younger than 7 with a physical or mental disability
3,460 -- children between 8-17, some belong to sibling groups
1,679 -- children between 8-17 with a physical or mental disability
598 ---- children over 18 in a good physical state
1,177 -- children over 18 with a physical or mental disability