How South Korea Adoption Works

Considering international adoption is a big, exciting step. There are many countries to choose from, and it is important to understand how each nation works. The country of South Korea has a long history of intercountry adoptions dating back to the early 1950s. From 1999-2016, according to the U.S. Department of State, 20,318 children were placed with U.S. families from South Korea. Though the number of international adoptions has declined in recent years, South Korea is still considered to have a stable adoption program.

Though not a Hague Convention Country, South Korea adheres to much of the same rules regarding intercountry adoption. As such, the process is similar to other intercountry adoptions in that you will need to determine eligibility, find an accredited adoption services provider, complete a home study, compile a dossier, and be matched with a child who is ready for adoption. Sound daunting? Don’t worry. The steps aren’t as difficult as they sound.