Monday, November 30, 2009

November 2009 ICBF Wait List

The most recent Wait List was published by ICBF on November 23, 2009.

Once again, the ICBF Wait List applies to adoptions through ICBF only -- not through CASAS PRIVADAS. It also ONLY APPLIES TO NON COLOMBIAN FAMILIES.

It DOES NOT reflect special needs children. The definition of special needs are children with disabilities, children over 8 years of age, and sibling groups of 3 or more.

There also has been limited movement, all dates that have advanced I am putting in BOLD and RED. Also, this list only reflects that there are no more dossiers at the national office prior to the date shown. Dossiers from before Jan 2006 in the 0-23 months category, for example, may still need a referral, but they have already been sent to a region and are no longer at the national office.

Age of Child ------- Date of Application Approval by ICBF
Child 0-12 months ------ Mar - 2006
Child 13 - 23 months ---- Mar -2006
Child 2 years ----------- Jul - 2005
Child 3 years ----------- Dec - 2005
Child 2 - 3 years -------- Apr - 2006
Child 3 - 4 years -------- Oct - 2005
Child 4 years ----------- Sep - 2005
Child 5 years ----------- June - 2006
Child 4 -5 years -------- Apr - 2006
Child 5 - 6 years ------- May - 2007
Child 6 years ----------- Nov - 2008
Child 7 years ----------- Jul - 2009

2 Siblings 0 - 4 years --- Mar-2007
2 Siblings 0 - 5 years --- Jul-2006
2 Siblings 0 - 6 years --- Aug-2007
2 Siblings 0 - 7 years --- Nov-2008
2 Siblings 0 - 8 years --- Jan - 2009


Anonymous said...

Hi there and thanks for posting this wait list.

Why do you think the wait lists aren't moving? Is it simply an issue of the requests for younger kids outnumbering the number of available younger kids?

I wonder what the average wait time for the children on the ICBF is (as opposed to the adoptive families). From their perspective, how long is it taking for them to be placed?
Are they always placed in the regions that they come from?

Colombian Mommy said...

Children are typically placed int he region where they come from -- a rare exception might be made if the region is too dangerous for foreigners to travel, however the child will typically be moved to an orphange somewhere else in the country before a referral is made.

Children can be in ICBF care from 4 months to 18 years. The actual legal process itself is not long, but there are a number of efforts made to reunite children or find another family members that can adequately provide for the child/ren. This can take years -- just like here in the US.

As for the slow down, there has been an increase in applications by both Foreign and Colombian families. There was a big jump in 2008 when Guatemala closed.

Anonymous said...

Thank you--very helpful! With only 205 Colombian families on the wait list, the foreign adoptions shouldn't be slowed down much because of preferential treatment to Colombian citizens. The extended wait times are probably due more to additional foreign families adopting, and the newer law/policy that requires ICBF to give the children's extended relatives more time to decide whether they will assume guardianship or not.

Megan said...

Have you seen the new list yet for Jan? Saw it on another blog but always love to see your stats on them...will be anxiously awaiting your input! All the best! Megan