October 14, 2008
The Colombian Institute of Social Welfare (ICBF) has informed the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota that it will not grant prospective adoptive parents legal custody to complete adoptions in the US. Regrettably, this means that an IR-4 visa for an orphan to be adopted in the U.S. is not an option. The Department of State and the Consular Section understand the parents’ desire to resolve these cases as quickly as possible, especially those who are already in Colombia and anxious to return home.
Officials at the U.S. Embassy do not believe that a temporary visa is a viable solution. Under these circumstances, they believe it is in the best interest of all the children to finalize the adoption process in Colombia. The U.S. Embassy continues to work closely with the Colombian authorities to ensure that cases are processed as quickly as possible, and they are hopeful that adoptions may resume by the end of next week.