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An adoption program of Children's Home Society
Children can be adopted from Korea through our traditional program, Korean Heritage Program (view program information written in Korean language 한국어) and our Waiting Identified Child (WIC) program. Please read through the information below, view one of our upcoming webinars about the Korea program, and contact us to take the next step!
The Children (아이들-한국어)
Children typically placed through the traditional and heritage programs may:
In addition to the above characteristics, children placed through the Waiting Identified Children program are up to five years of age and have been identified as having a significant or long-term medical or developmental condition.
The Care (보호-한국어)
Children placed through Children's Home are cared for in foster homes until the adoption paperwork is completed and the children are ready to travel. The foster care system is run by the respective Korean child welfare agencies and is usually one-on-one foster care. In some rare cases, there may be more than one child in a foster home. The foster parents are full-time foster care providers and receive training, support and medical input from the child welfare agency. In turn, these foster parents provide care, love and protection in a family environment. There is usually a close-knit relationship between child and foster mother, and rarely are they ever apart.
The Process (입양과정-한국어)
All children referred to Children’s Home by the Korean agencies (licensed by the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare) have been legally relinquished for adoption and are approved for placement with an international adoptive family.
If you are interested in adopting from Korea, you first need to complete the adoption study process and apply for approval of an I-600A application through USCIS. Children's Home staff will assist you with completing your acceptance dossier and applying for approval of an I-600 application through USCIS.
Currently, we estimate that families adopting through the regular Korea Program will wait 0-18 months for a referral. Families adopting through the Korean Heritage Program (in which one or both of the parents is of Korean descent) and who already have children in their home, may choose gender of the referral for which they wait. The wait for a female referral is up to 22 months.
We estimate that it may take up to 22 months after you have completed the acceptance dossier before your child will be ready to travel to the United States. Based on your family's circumstances, you will be able to choose to complete the in-country process in either one longer trip or two shorter trips.
The Korean agency and Children's Home will hold legal guardianship of your child until you finalize your adoption under U.S. law in the United States. You will also need to request a Certificate of Citizenship from USCIS as proof of your child’s U.S. citizenship following the finalization of the adoption. Post-placement reporting is required 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after placement.
Eligibility Requirements (일반 자격요건-한국어)
Eligibility requirements for the Korea program are relatively established, as with all aspects of international adoption, subject to change. At this time, the most basic requirements include that applicants should be married, 25 to 42 years of age (up to 47 years of age for the Korean Heritage Program), have no serious or chronic physical or mental health diagnosis, and minimal to no criminal history. Additionally, there are state residency requirements which apply to individuals pursuing an adoption through our traditional program. Many of the requirements are flexible for individuals who are able to pursue an adoption through our Waiting International Children program. For quick reference, we share a more detailed list of guidelines online but we encourage anyone interested in adopting from Korea to contact one of our adoption information specialists to discuss their circumstances.
Heritage Program (한국어)
아이들이 자신들의 친 가정에서 성장을 하지 못하는 상황이라면, 최소한 부모 중 한 명이라도 아이들과 같은 국적을 가진 분의 가정에 입양이 되어 성장하는 것이 이상적이라고 저희 Children's Home와 한국의 아동복지 협력기관들이 희망하고 있는 사항입니다. 한국 내의 가정뿐만 아니라 미국에 거주하고 계시는 재미교포 분들의 가정에서도 사랑과 안정이 있는 가정을 필요로 하는 아이들의 입양이 급격히 증가하고 있는 추세입니다.
‘일반 자격 요건’과 양부모가 되시려는 분 중의 최소한 한 명이라도 한국의 혈통을 갖고 계시는 분이라면, 미국에 거주하시는 어떤 가정이라도 Children's Home의 한국인 헤리티지 프로그램에 신청을 하실 수 있습니다. Children's Home의 한국인 헤리티지 프로그램에 대한 더 자세한 정보가 필요하시면 Deb Harder (English) – firstname.lastname@example.org - 나 이제인 (한국어) – email@example.com - 로 연락을 주시면 됩니다.
It is the hope of Children's Home and of our child-welfare partners in Korea, that if children cannot grow up in their birth homes, it would be ideal for them to join a family in which at least one parent shares the child’s ethnic heritage. Families throughout the United States are eligible for the Children's Home Korean Heritage Program if they meet the General Eligibility Requirements and if one or both of the prospective adoptive parents is/are of full Korean descent. To find out more about the Korean Heritage Program at Children's Home, please e-mail Deb Harder (English) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Lee (Korean) at email@example.com.
Fees and Expenses (비용-변동이 있을 수 있습니다)
For More Information
View our International Adoption Chart to compare all of the international adoption programs offered through Children's Home.
Contact an adoption information specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org | 651.646.7771 | 800.952.9302 |
Call Waiting International Children at 651-646-6393 or e-mail email@example.com