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Korean Adoption
Wait is Now a Bit Longer

A Korean adoption - or more specifically - a South Korean adoption is still a popular option for many parents wanting to build their families through adoption, although recent regulations by the South Korean government have made this option a bit more of a challenge.

Basically, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare - the government office responsible for adoptions in South Korea - has recently increased its efforts to encourage more domestic adoption. Unfortunately, South Korean couples aren't stepping up to the plate to adopt these children, so the children remain waiting in orphanages. In 2007, 1,065 children were placed with American couples, down from over 1,600 in 2005.

So if you're interested in adopting from Korea, keep in mind that there may be a waiting period. According to the State Department's website, the timeframe for adopting a healthy baby is about three years. Also, adoptions in Korea aren't regulated by the Hague Convention, so be sure and find a reputable adoption agency.

About Korea

Korea is made up of North and South Korea and is located on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. It borders China to the northwest and Russia to the northeast, and is separated from Japan by the Korea Strait.

Who Can Adopt

You must be between the ages of 25 and 44 years old to qualify. Usually both parents must be under the age of 45, and the age difference between couples can be no more than 15 years. You must be married for at least three years. Singles cannot adopt from Korea.

Also, to qualify, you cannot have more than five children, including the child or children to be adopted.

The Process

You must find a licensed agency in the United States and apply to be found eligible for a Korean adoption. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in South Korea will then give you a referral. If you accept this referral, you can either travel to South Korea to pick up your child or have the child brought to you.

More Great Information about Korea

Adopt Korea is a website written by an adoptive mom of Korean children and an adoption advocate. It's a great read!

Another great site is, a blog by a Korean adoptee who is also a who has adopted from Korea.

Other Helpful Information

The high cost of international adoption is one reason many couples don't adopt. Don't let finances stand between you and your child. Learn more.

Would you like to adopt from China? Although the wait can be up to two years, the price is very reasonable and the adoption program is stable. Here are some tips for adopting from China

Many couples are now planning to adopt from Ethiopia because of the shorter wait and the reasonable costs. Learn more about adopting these beautiful children.

The children available from Kazakhstan are generally well cared for and the program usually takes less than a year. Learn more about adopting from Kazakhstan.

The Ukraine might be an excellent adoption country choice, especially if you are interested in an older child adoption. Click here to learn more.

Are you wondering what the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions is and how it might affect your international adoption? Learn more.

Adoptions are currently on hold from Guatemala. Learn why.

If you would like to adopt from Russia, it's a great choice if you are older or already have several children in your home. Here are some tips.

Are you thinking about adopting from Korea? You can adopt a baby from Korea, but there are age limits, and recently, the process has been extended to about three years. Learn more.

If Haiti is your adoption country choice, here are some things you should know.

A Jamaica international adoption is an affordable, yet relatively unknown way of building a family. Here's the scoop on adopting from Jamaica.

Unfortunately, if you hoped to adopt from Romania, you will have to look elsewhere. Here is a brief explanation of why international adoptions from Romania are not allowed.

A Russian international adoption can rescue a child from the stigma of being an orphan. Here's what it's like to grow up an orphan in Russia.

Do you have your heart set on adopting a child from Brazil? It is possible, but be prepared for a complicated and sometimes lengthy process. Read more about it here.

If you feel you can't afford the high agency fees, take heart. The Ukraine may be an excellent adoption country choice for you. You can pursue an independent adoption from the Ukraine. Learn more here.

Are you interested in pursuing an independent adoption from Kazakhstan? It is possible. Learn some of the steps you will have to take by clicking here.

Adoptions from Nepal are now once again possible. Learn more about it by clicking here.

A Taiwan adoption might not be something you considered when deciding on an international adoption, but adopting from this small island off the mainland coast of China can mean a far shorter wait. Here's what you need to know about adopting from Taiwan.

If you're looking for an international adoption choice that isn't as expensive, consider some of the low-cost alternatives by clicking here.

The devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, opened the eyes of the world to the desperate plight of Haitians, including the countless orphans of Haiti. American citizens especially have been moved to open their homes to these children, but the U.S. State Department is urging these parents to slow down. Read more.

Corruption and greed brought an end to adoptions from Cambodia, but new laws and regulations are now being established that might one day allow American parents to again adopt from Cambodia. Learn more.

It is possible to adopt from Honduras without using an agency, but you will need to know the language and have contacts there. Learn more.

An update to pursuing a Haiti adoption: It is now not only once again possible, but necessary in light of the devastating earthquake in 2010. Learn more.

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