A 40-year insurgent campaign to overthrow the Colombian government escalated during the 1990s, financed in part by funds from the drug trade. Although the violence can be deadly at times, the movement apparently lacks the military strength or popular support necessary to overthrow the government.
In 2004, Americans adopted 287 children from Colombia. Some of the children available for international adoption in Colombia live in orphanages, while others are in foster care. Infants only a few months old are available for international adoption from Colombia. Furthermore, there are many sibling groups available for international adoption from Colombia. Many children in Colombia are abandoned by single parents who simply cannot afford to feed them, or who must work to survive and cannot afford child care while they work.
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