Adoption From South Korea
South Korea Fast Facts:
- 2012 Adoptions: 627 children
- Hague Accredited: No
- Estimated Total Cost: $25,000 to $40,000
- Profile of Children: 98% are two years old and younger. 65% are boys (2011).
- Parent Ages: Adoptive parents must be between 25 and 44 years old. In the case of married couples, the age difference between spouses must not exceed 15 years, although this requirement might be waived under certain circumstances.
- Family Status: Only couples married for over three years are allowed to adopt. Income must exceed the U.S. national average. Parents cannot have more than five children, including the adoptive child. In addition, parents must meet BMI requirements.
- Travel: Parents must travel to Korea for approximately one week.
- Timeline: Ranges from about a year for special needs children, to three or four years for healthy children.
In August of 2012, South Korea implemented the Special Adoption Act, which was intended to limit the number of international adoptions. The law prioritizes domestic adoptions, and requires all intercountry adoptions to be approved by the family courts. It is likely that other changes will be made to South Korea’s adoption policies in the near future, but no announcements have been made.
For more information, visit www.adoption.state.gov. View photos and get parent-to-parent advice in our online community, www.adoptivefamilies
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