Colombia wants him adopted. But he has a family — and they want him back.

Colombia wants him adopted. But he has a family — and they want him back.

Now the boy’s guardian ad litem was asking the court to make him a citizen — a first step toward putting him up for adoption. But in the boy’s Venezuelan hometown, members of his extended family — an aunt, a great-grandmother and a cousin who watched him when he was an infant — say they were never contacted by Colombian government officials. None knew about the court case. The boy, now 6, is one of about 1,200 Venezuelan children trapped in a child-welfare system that has proved unwilling or unable to find their families, under a government that has no diplomatic relations with their own. Colombia has now settled on what it sees as a solution: It wants to begin making these children eligible for adoption. With a judge’s approval, …
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