Thursday, December 24, 2015

Adoption, EP, and Court Status in Korea as 2015 Closes

I realize that I haven't shared for a long time the current adoption happenings in Korea.  I apologize for the delay in providing the latest information.  But to be frank, not much improvements or good news have been available to share. 

It appears that the total number EPs granted for the year 2015 is going to be around 320 - 330. This is the combined total for all three agencies.  This is consistent based on the projected domestic placements, which is around 440 for all three agencies.  Again the '2/3' rule still in place. I need to revisit these numbers next year and give you more accurate count.

But the Family Court process is flowing smoothly with no issue so far.  I'm told that the court process (from the time of the paper submission to the finalization) takes around 2 - 3 months nowadays.

Ever since the Special Adoption Law was placed, hundreds of babies are continuing to be abandoned, and frequent news stories of the babies being killed and discarded in Korea are still common place. There is some movement to revise the law to enable the agency heads to register for the babies being abandoned and make them available for at least the domestic adoption.

The number of children available for adoption is continuing to decline. While there are some factors to consider such as better sex education to avoid pregnancies, some unwed mothers choosing to keep their children, and many illegal internet adoptions, but I am quite positive that the greatest contributor to the reduction in the number of children is due to the sheer number of abortions taking place in Korea.  While there is no definite data on this, many unwed mothers choose to abort their babies rather than face the complexity of registering their babies and face the risk of raising them in a society that does not embrace them well.

7 comments:

  1. We just found out we are being submitted for EP- when you say it takes 2-3 months is that 2-3 months until you get a court date or when you finally bring him home? Thanks!

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    1. Good question. I'm told that it is to the time of court appointment date.

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    2. Jen if you have not already, you should join the facebook groups with other adoptive families. Lots of info to keep you busy and lots of people with recent experiences. They are secret, but you can search for them. Each agency has one and there is a general Koraen Adoption IN PROCESS group. If you can't find them, look me up.

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    3. I would love to be in this group - I tried finding it but couldn't- I also tried finding you on FB and couldn't- any way we could connect? jen.smith05@gmail.com

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  2. Hi Steve,

    My husband and I are wanting to adopt from Korea but our situation doesn't quite fit everything I am finding online. Can you email me directly so I can pick your brain?

    My email is hannahgkim@gmail.com

    Short of calling Korea I don't know what else to do because no one can answer my questions.

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    1. To give you more info about our situation:

      I am full Korean American. My parents immigrated here and got citizenship but my dad has some kind of special visa. I think he is considered a overseas Korean?

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  3. https://special-offers-usa.blogspot.com/

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