THE PROGRAM THAT BEGAN INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION FOR CHILDREN’S HOME AND LSS
THE SOUTH KOREA PROGRAM
South Korea is not yet a signatory to the Hague Convention. Our Children’s Home South Korea program offers three tracks: Traditional, Waiting Child and Heritage.
CHILDREN IN SOUTH KOREA
Children in South Korea are legally relinquished by their birth parent(s). Children are generally 6 months to 3 years at time of referral. Children may have been prenatally exposed to alcohol. Some children have been born prematurely and some exhibit developmental delays. Our greatest need is for applicants open to parenting boys with minor/correctable to lifelong needs.
THE CARE IN SOUTH KOREA
Children in South Korea are cared for in foster homes until the adoption is completed. Respected child welfare agencies run the foster care system, which usually involves one-on-one foster care. In some cases, there may be more than one child in a foster home. Foster mothers are all full-time providers who receive training, support and medical care from the Korean child welfare agency. In turn, these foster mothers provide care, love and protection for the children in a family environment. Foster fathers and adult children are often active in the care of the children as well.
Like most international adoption programs, South Korea has its own unique eligibility requirements for adoptive parents. Applicants must be heterosexual couples married at least three years. Applicants must be between the ages of 25-44 at time of application. There is an age exception, allowing applicants to be up to 50 years of age at the time of home study completion if one of these conditions are met: the applicants have previously adopted from South Korea, at least one parent is an adoptee (from Korea or elsewhere) or if both applicants are of Korean heritage. All applicants should be free of serious chronic physical or mental illness, and possess no criminal history.
Please contact us to discuss your individual eligibility.
The first step in the Traditional and Heritage Track is to apply and begin the home study. If you live in MN, Western WI, MD or VA, Children’s Home and LSS can complete your home study. Then, we will guide you to apply for approval from USCIS. We anticipate the wait for referral of a child to be 0-8 months for both the Heritage and Traditional Tracks. After referral acceptance is completed, we assist you in compiling an acceptance dossier that is sent to South Korea. We anticipate travel will occur 14-19 months after completion of acceptance dossier. Two trips of approximately 5-6 days each are required.
The child will be issued an IR-3 visa by the U.S. Embassy in Seoul and your adoption will be finalized in South Korea. You will automatically receive a Certificate of Citizenship from USCIS after your return to the U.S.
Post placement reports written by a social worker are required 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after placement.
Families following the Waiting Child Track will bypass the wait for referral, but are required to complete all other steps in the process.View South Korea Fees and ExpensesCompare International Programs Side-by-Side Global Family Support