How does the Vacations of Hope program work?:
This program strives that the boys, girls and adolescents declared adoptable but for various reasons have not been adopted in Colombia can spend time with host or suitable families in the United States during vacation time in a family setting in order to enhance the possibility of establishing permanent relationships in case of an adoption.
What should the host person or family do?:
A host family opens their home to one of these children during the three weeks of the program. The objective is that the family provides a stable and loving environment to the child and that after the end of the program, they can continue to serve as their affective advocate. They will help find them a family who may adopt them or begin the adoption process if both parties wish.
Which children participate?:
Boys, girls and adolescents who have been declared adoptable (but have not been adopted) with the following qualities and special needs*:
- At least 12 years of age.
- Any age with a medical illness, moderately physical or mental disability.
- Sibling groups with at least one child who is age 12 years or older.
(*ICBF Technical Guidelines for Program of Adoptions, resolution 3748 of September 6, 2010).
Which persons or families can host?:
Interested parties must meet the following requirements:
- Couples married for at least 3 years.
- Each person must be over the age of 25.
- Must be considering or open to adoption.
- At least one person must be at home at all times during the vacation time.
Is this an adoption program?:
Even though the ideal for the child, the majority of the time, is that this vacation experience can lead to finding a family forever by means of an adoption, it is important to make clear that this program is not a pre-adoption process nor an adoption process, particularly since the adoption process in Colombia is regulated by the Laws 1098 of 2006, 265 of 1996, and 12 of 1991, as well as resolution 3748 of September 6, 2010. However, this program offers a strategic bridge towards adoption, keeping in mind that having no other option than growing up in an institution, adoption provides excellent protection and as such truly restores the rights of each of the institutionalized boys, girls and adolescents, thereby improving their quality of life towards rebuilding their life goals and social integration.
Who is responsible for the program?:
Vacations of Hope is a program of Colombia Vision that was prompted by the ICBF guideline “Finding Affective Advocates” with the goal of meeting the greater needs of a child for having a family, whereby an arrangement of cooperation and national trust can be established between ICBF and Colombia Vision and internationally with Across the World Adoptions, Children's House International and Embraced by Grace, on the protection of the rights of children declared adoptable.