South Korea is home to the world’s largest church, Yoido Full Gospel Church, having 200,000 in attendance on any given Sunday.
SOUTH KOREA ADOPTION PROGRAM
All Blessings International proudly partners with experienced and long established child placing agencies, to facilitate the Korea adoption program. ABI works closely with Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, and Tennessee families providing home study services, referral services, and immigration assistance, as well as close communication and advocacy with on behalf of your family. While the South Korean program has seen changes in recent years, it is well-established and reliable. South Korea is not a party to the Hague convention.
Families apply to All Blessings International, as well as their chosen international provider for child placement services. Applications must be submitted to and approved by both agencies.
Adoptive Parent Qualifications
South Korean allows families meeting the following criteria to adopt:
- Parents must be between 25 and 44 years of age; age waivers for individuals up to 49 years of age are available to those of Korean heritage, adoptees of any heritage, or those who have previously adopted from South Korea
- Couples must have been married for at least 3 years
- Previous divorces are accepted, but more than one divorce per spouse is evaluated on a case-by-case basis
- Health history, including a current body mass index under 30 and no use of anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications, may be considered and could preclude a family from adoption from South Korea.
- Criminal history and financial status will also be considered. South Korea may require families to have access to a substantial financial reserve
Timeline and Travel
Referral and Adoption Process
The current wait time in the Korea adoption program for a referral after a family has submitted their home study to South Korea is between 2-6 months. Referral information is very detailed. It includes photos of the child, a social history on the birth parents, medicals, and developmental report on the child, and information on any medications, alcohol, or nicotine consumed by the birth mother during her pregnancy. Updated medicals, developmental reports, and photos will be provided after acceptance of a referral. Referral information includes as much detail as we receive from our overseas counterparts, including photographs with medical and social history. Updated information after acceptance of referral is occasionally available.
ABI will conduct post placement evaluations 2, 4, 6, 9, and 12 months following the child’s placement. A post adoption medical will also be required, as well as five pictures of the child and family per report. You will finalize your child’s adoption in South Korea and will receive your child’s Certificate of Citizenship in the first few months of your child’s arrival home.