FANA IN BOGOTA
“We help children in need of a family through our adoption program, promoting social justice. We work with the community striving to encourage peaceful family living.” — FANA Mission
FANA, (the Spanish acronym for the Foundation for the Assistance of Abandoned Children is located in Suba, the 11th locality of the Capital District of the Colombian city, Bogotá. It offers green space for the children to play in and a building of modern amenities. This facility assures not only the best of care for the children, but also a beautiful environment. Through fundraising events throughout the world, this beautiful two-million-dollar facility is standing to provide a home for the children of FANA. FANA is also able to offer prenatal services including, vocational schooling and counseling to birth mothers in need. FANA also offers a community preschool program for children living in the community of Suba. Through this program, FANA is able to offer a safe, nurturing and educational environment for many children in Suba, as well as their families.
For more than 40 years, FANA has worked to improve the lives of more than 14,200 children in need with housing, recreation, food, clothing, health and education service, and ensuring they receive adequate social and psychological care. FANA’s dedication has allowed more than 12,000 children to find families through adoption. It is through FANA that these children are able to know love and care and uncover the possibility of a better future. As Colombia’s adoption laws adapt and change FANA’s protection program has provided a safe haven for thousands of children who await a decision regarding their legal status of adoptability.
FANA’s programs follow Colombian Legislation and International Agreements regarding children protection, including the International Convention on Children’s Rights and The Hague Convention. FANA is duly authorized by Colombia’s state welfare authority Insitituo Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF) to operate as an adoption center. In compliance with ICBF’s mission and following its mandate, FANA protects, oversees, and guarantees respect for every child’s right to become part of a family where he or she can adequately grow and develop.
Young women in need of assistance are welcomed at FANA as well. Due to the rise in costs to accommodate the nearly 90 children currently living at FANA, a sizable part of the FANA structure has been reconfigured to accommodate the mothers who had previously lived in the separate facility, The Hogar Marguerite. These women are offered counseling, vocational training, medical care, as well as basic necessities.
FANA headquarters includes a fully staffed facility for the children from the time of their births and beyond. The facility includes rooms equipped for intensive care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. In addition living, sleeping, classroom, and play areas (indoor and outdoor) are available for the children. FANA also houses areas such as kitchen, dining room, laundry area and FANA staff offices.
Adoptive parents from Colombia, North America, Europe, and Australia have been able to love and nurture children, thanks to adoption. Children from Colombia without a traditional family have received the opportunity to reach their full potential and know the love of a devoted family. Colombian birth mothers have received the prenatal and health services they need as well as valuable vocational skills from FANA. Foster children who are not available for adoption but need short-term or specialized care are lovingly supported in the state-of-the-art FANA facility.
Much of FANA’s support comes through the families who have adopted children from FANA. Friends of FANA groups have been created in many of the areas where adopting families live. Those non-profit groups regularly raise money and donate funds to FANA of Bogota, helping to provide programs and quality care to the children calling FANA their home.