Insider's Guide to Adopting from Korea

g&e Who can adopt?

• Only heterosexual couples married for at least three years (no more than one divorce each)
• Must be under 45 years of age at time your child is placed in your home if you are adopting an infant
• No more than four children already living in your home
• Annual household income of at least $25,000
• Two of the Korean-based agencies, Eastern and SWS, have weight restrictions for parents.

How much does it cost?

• From $13,000-20,000, including travel (Fees are sometimes reduced for couples adopting a special needs child.)

The upside:

• Many healthy, young (3 months to 12 months) children are available.
• Children are almost always in foster care and do not live in orphanages.
• Excellent, state-of-the-art medical care
• In general, healthy Korean children arrive in the U.S. with very few serious medical or emotional problems.
• Simple dossier (less paperwork!)
• Long track record (almost 50 years) of successful adoptions
• Efficient, stable adoption system with few “political” problems
• Couples are not required to travel. Children can be escorted.
• Adoption professionals say Korea runs one of the most consistent, successful intercountry adoption programs available in the U.S..

The downside:

• Singles, older couples aren’t eligible.
• The Korean government assigns a passport quota to each Korean adoption agency so children referred in late summer/early fall can sometimes face travel delays till after January.

• Korean agencies require that couples work with specific agencies in the U.S. This can be restrictive, depending on where you live.

To connect with families who’ve adopted from Korea, visit Parent Soup's Korean Adoption message board.

Return to Adoption Central's Korea Country Kit

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