The adoption program from Korea continues on its path toward closing its doors to intercountry adoptions, choosing to place all of their children with ‘in house.’ By this, I mean that they are going to place all of their orphans children within their own country which will eliminate their need for the adoption relationships that they have held with other countries for many years. This has been a difficult transition because of the long-standing ties that have been established. For many in the adoption world, watching this relationship end has brought about feelings of regret. As a person on the outside of Korean adoption looking in, I can understand those feelings. After fifty years of adoptions, a legacy is ending. Yet, there have been so many great opportunities that have occurred in the history of this program.
Have you adopted from Korea? I think that now would be a great time to share some of the greatest memories you have from this relationship. Those memories could be of a child that you have adopted, a child someone else adopted, or your own adoption story. There are so many people who have been linked to adoption from this country. I know that there are many neat experiences. Feel free to comment them- I will pick a couple to share in the next couple of months.
At this point, Korea is still open for adoptions. They are phasing out their adoption program in the year 2012 and have reduced their processing in order to work out of their intercountry adoption phase. There are some children who perhaps could be matched and placed before this country completes its phasing out. Those prospective families would have to be Korean by birth and/or willing to take a special needs child. I do not know the number of children available in this situation but it is something to consider. Korea desires to support its adoption program and orphans by developing the foster care and adoption program within its country. This is a great step for them. For those of you who have a desire to adopt from Korea- look into the special needs sector but do it quickly. Your window of opportunity is swiftly ending.
Korea is not party to the Hague Convention and does not hold to its statutes. It is closing in the near future and will suspend all adoptions because of that close.
Don’t forget to share your stories- we would love to hear them.