Number of children adopted from the US in 2016: 260
Hague Convention Country? No
Age of children available to adopt: Unclear about a maximum age, but healthy children tend to get matched between 5-12 months of age, and come to the US around 2-3 years old.
Who can adopt?
- Married couples only, married at least 3 years
- Must be between the ages of 25-45, with no more than a 15 year age difference between them
- Income must be higher than the US national average
- Cannot have more than 5 kids, including the child to be adopted
Foster care? Yes
Referral vs Placement Timeline: Process tends to take 1-4 years from time of application to the child coming home to the US. On average the wait is 3 years for healthy infant adoptions and 1 year for special needs adoptions. One agency says referral comes 2-6 months after home study approval and then placement is 12-18 months later.
Travel Requirements: Two trips of 1 week each; both parents must come the first trip
Other: In order to decrease the number of children being adopted internationally, the country has instituted maximum yearly quotas for each agency. Children must also be waiting at least 5 months, in order to give domestic couples a chance to adopt first.
You can read more about adopting from South Korea here.