There has been no EP movement yet.
I know how hard it is for parents to wait and wait.
I am sorry that I don't have a better news yet.
The EPs for 2013 has not even begun as the quota for the year has not been set by the MOHW. It is expected that MOHW will issue a new quota, which normally comes out by this time of the year.
The Family Court process has been very slow, and I think the hang up is with the court mainly.
They are requiring the agencies to translate all the documents into the Korean language before submitting to the court. So an agency that may have processed 10-12 family files are now processing only one family and they had to hire additional translators to do the works.
The recent case with a couple from Sweden going to the Family Court was not something unexpeced as I have indicated before that the court reserves the right to summon any families even though they gave an umbrella direction that the families don't need to appear before the court. I believe the Swedish couple is going through the 14-day waiting period, and they will learn the status of their child in 14 days. I believe the couple made a non-refundable travel arrangement before there was an announcement.
I feel for all the parents that have to wait helplessly as their children are aging, and the older they get the harder it becomes for children to be separated from their foster parents. I think everyone, including the powers that be in Korea, know that this is not good for the children.
Also, many have asked the question on what if a birthmother cannot be located for the 14-days notification. I am told that because she has already signed the relinquishment paper after the 7-day period right after the birth of her child, the intake agency will document their attempts to contact the birthmother. If the agency can't locate her, then that information will be given to the court. The court then verifies this information by doing an independent search for the birthmother, and if they don't succeed, the child will be granted adoption.
Also, I want all the readers to know that I appreciate all the comments whether they are related to the blog topic or not. It just lets me know what is important to you as waiting parents, and it shows me where your hearts are - you just want your children home as soon as possible. So I am OK if I post something (i.e. child abandonment in Korea) and you post your concern on when your children will come home, it is quiet OK with me.
This gives me even more motivation to try harder to be a voice on behalf of all the homeless children.