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Adopt From Korea
An adoption program of Children's Home Society
Children can be adopted from Korea through one of three tracks: our Traditional Program, Waiting Identified Children program, and Korean Heritage Program. Please read through the information below and contact us to get started!
Current Need for 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. These results will also include children waiting in China.
Learn More Through Our Webinar
Our webinar "Adopting from Korea" is available to watch at your convenience. It introduces the children in Korea’s adoption program, ways in which the program has changed over the past couple of years, and the steps in the adoption process. Watch it now >
There are currently over 12 boys waiting for adoptive families in the Korea program. They range in age from 8 months to 3 years old. 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 through the Traditional Program. Reasons that children are waiting in this program may include one of the following: 1) over two years of age, 2) mild-to-moderate developmental condition, 3) long-term medical need, 4) background issue from birth family that could create potential problems for the child, 5) shortage of families waiting for children.
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 (maximum of two children). 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 Korean 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.
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. If you live in Western WI, MN, MD or VA, Children's Home staff can complete your adoption home study. If you live in a different state, our agency can give you a list of potential adoption home study providers. After the completion of your adoption home study and the acceptance of a child, we 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 the following wait for match of a child referral:
After you have completed the referral acceptance dossier, we estimate that it may take 12-19 months before your child will be ready to travel to the United States. You will complete the 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 requirements.
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 to 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 Program. We encourage anyone interested in adopting from Korea to contact our staff to discuss individual eligibility and circumstances.
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.
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