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South Korea Adoption Fast Facts

Discover fast facts about South Korea adoption plus find links to helpful resources and adoption agencies placing children from South Korea in your state.

ISouth Korea Adoptionn August of 2012, South Korea implemented the Special Adoption Act, which was intended to limit the number of international adoptions. The law prioritizes domestic adoptions, and requires all intercountry adoptions to be approved by the family courts. The number of adoptions from South Korea dropped dramatically in the last year, from 627 in Fiscal Year 2012 to 138 in FY 2013.

On May 24, 2013 South Korea signed the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. The country has not yet ratified the Convention, so adoptions to the U.S. are not yet subject to Hague requirements.

For up-to-date information, visit the South Korea Adoption page on the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the Korea Adoptive Families group on our online community, Adoptive Families Circle.

South Korea Adoption Fast Facts
  • 2013 Adoptions: 138 children

  • Hague Country: No, but in process

  • Estimated Total Cost: $25,000 to $40,000

  • Profile of Children: 97% of children are between one and four years old. 76% are boys (2013).

  • Parent Ages: Parents must be between 25 and 44 years old. The age difference between spouses must not exceed 15 years, although this requirement might be waived under certain circumstances.

  • Family Status: Only couples married for over three years are allowed to adopt. Income must exceed the U.S. national average. Parents cannot have more than five children, including the adoptive child. In addition, parents must meet BMI requirements.

  • Travel: Parents must travel to Korea for approximately one week.

  • Timeline: Ranges from about a year for special needs children, to three or four years for healthy children.

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