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Adopt From Korea
An adoption program of Children's Home Society
Children can be adopted from Korea through our traditional program, Korean Heritage Program and our Waiting Identified Child (WIC) program. Please read through the information below, attend an informational webinar about the program, and contact us to get started!
We have been continually receiving referrals for young boys, many younger than one year old, that are in need of families. To view the children for whom we're actively recruiting families, please visit our Waiting Identified Children photolisting and filter your results to only show children in the "Asia" region. Children waiting in Korea will be a part of the 100 series (e.g. 114-xx, or 115-xx).
Learn More by Attending a Webinar
We host two webinars each month for families considering adopting from Korea. Learn about the Korea Program process and the children, our regular program and our special needs program. View dates and register now.
If you'd like to have your questions answered immediately or to get started with the process, please contact us to take the next step!
The Children (아이들-한국어)
Children typically placed through the traditional and heritage programs:
In addition to the above characteristics, children in the Waiting Identified Children program are there because a family cannot be found throgh the regular program. Reasons that children are waiting in this program may include one of the following: 1) over two years of age, 2) developmental condition, 3) long-term medical need, 4) background issue from birth family that creates potential problems for the child.
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 cases, there may be more than one child in a foster home. The foster mothers are full-time foster care providers and receive training, support and medical input from the child welfare agency. In turn, these foster mothers provide care, love and protection in a family environment. Foster fathers and adult children are often also active in the care of the children.
The Process (입양과정-한국어)
If you are interested in adopting from Korea, you first need to complete the adoption home study process, through a Hague accredited agency 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 after you accept the referral of a child..
Currently, we estimate that families adopting through the regular Korea Program will wait 0-12 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 20 months.
After you have completed the referral acceptance dossier, we estimate that it may take up to 22 months before your child will be ready to travel to the United States. You will complete the in-country process via two short trips to Korea averaging 5-6 days each.
Your child will be issued an IR-3 visa by the U.S. Embassy in Seoul and your adoption will be finalized in Korea. You will automatically be sent a Certificate of Citizenship from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services after your return to the U.S. In order to to officially change your child's name, you will need to complete an Assignment Process once you are back in the U.S. Children's Home will assist you with the process. Post-placement reporting is required at 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after placement. You will work with your social worker to complete these.
Eligibility Requirements (일반 자격요건-한국어)
Eligibility requirements for the Korea program are subject to change. At this time, the most basic requirements are that applicants should be a heterosexual couple, married at least three years, 25 to 44 years of age at application to Children's Home.
Exceptions in the age requirement apply for couples in the following categories who have applied to Children's Home before the older parent's 50th birthday: 1) one spouse was adopted from Korea; 2) one spouse was adopted (regardless of country of origin); 3) both spouses are Korean; or 4) neither spouse is Korean or adopted, but the couple has adopted previously from Korea (regardless of U.S. and/or Korean agency).
Applicants can 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 (non-special needs) program. Requirements may be flexible for individuals who are able to pursue an adoption through our Waiting Identified Children program. We encourage anyone interested in adopting from Korea to contact one of our adoption information specialists at email@example.com or 651-646-7771 or 800-952-9302 to discuss their circumstances.
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 families or in domestic adoptive families, 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.
For More Information
Please see our Adopt from Korea flyer and our Korea Heritage Program flyer for information on fees and expenses. View our International Adoption Chart to compare all of the international adoption programs offered through Children's Home and LSS.
| firstname.lastname@example.org | 651.646.7771 | 800.952.9302 |
Call Waiting International Children at 651-646-6393 or e-mail email@example.com