Special Needs in Colombia is defined as children with disabilities, children over 8 years of age, and sibling groups of 3 or more. On the report by ICBF, from which I obtained these statistics, it states: These children are available immediately and families requesting children in this category will receive PRIORITY and PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT.
Here is the breakdown of the 7,937 adoptable children in the Special Needs Category:
1,063 ---- children in good health younger than 7 that belong to large sibling groups
- down from 1,319 in October
- up from 504 in October
- down from 2,843 in October
- up from 1,774 in October
- up from 554 in October
- up from 1,217 in October
It would appear that some of the decreases in categories may be attributed to aging out of a lower age category and graduating to the next category. The statistics do not show how many kids from the Special Needs categories actually found adoptive homes.