Colombia has 2nd most adoptions in Latin America

Friday, 17 August 2012 06:50 Courtney Scott

After Haiti, Colombia has the highest amount of adoptions abroad from Latin American countries, reported Caracol Radio Thursday.

Allegedly, 60% of adoptions in Colombia have been sent to parents of other countries.

For congresswoman Angela Maria Robledo, this practice goes against the constitution and various international laws that prioritize children staying with families in their countries of origen.

“This is very serious, a country like Brazil that triples us in population sent 560 seven year-old minors, while Colombia sent 1,800,” said Robledo.

The congresswoman also questioned the policy of the eight foster homes operating in Bogota, Cali and Medellin, that have taken a higher authority than the Family Welfare Institute (ICBF). Last year, Colombia allegedly gave up 3,400 kids for adoption.

The director of ICBF is cited for a debate of political control next week.