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