October 31st, 2012
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899402_you_have_mailI have been following the comments of a reader from this blog and find myself very confused this morning. In the past, I have read on both the United States Intercountry Adoption website and the Joint Council websites where Korea has declared its desire to phase out its need for intercountry adoption in 2012. So that is the information that I went with. The US Intercountry adoption sight which is government run, stated, “Korea will phase out its need for intercountry adoption in 2012, using incountry placement to take care of their children.”

It appears that this has either changed or was a misquote from the start. On October 23, 2012 the Korea Times released an article entitled, Korea, US to Discuss International Adoption Rules. This article states that these two countries met in order to discuss Korea’s entry into the Hague Convention. This convention was put into place in the mid 90′s in order to ensure the safety and security of the children, prospective parents and governments involved in the intercountry adoption process.


This is great news for those who are interested in adopting from Korea. The fact that Korea is starting discussion of becoming part of the Hague Convention lends itself to permanency as an adoption partner. The fifty year history of this adoption partnership will offer a solid base for the negotiations that will follow their declared intent to accede. Having said that, there are two major requirements on the part of you- the prospective adoptive parent in regards to adoption form this country should they begin the process. The first is time. There are many countries that have been closed to adoptions for years while they sort out the requirements for Hague certification. The other, of course, is patience. There are times that it may look as though nothing is being accomplished to bring this country back into a vital role in the adoption community. This is probably not the case. Joining the Hague Convention requires a lot of activity that will occur behind closed doors. Prospective adoption parents will not be able to see everything that is happening. It is very difficult to keep tabs on a country that is closed for adoption in order to meet the requirements of Hague. That is simply the way it is.

I would like to thank my reader who pointed me in the direction for this new information. It is because of active participation, I am able to correct this error and follow this more closely.

At this point, the Korean adoption program remains open. They are receiving applications for prospective parents. Korea is not party to the Hague Convention and does not hold to its statutes.

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2 Responses to “The Great News”

  1. tys2 says:

    Do you speak Korean? Are you Korean? Do you have any personal connections to Korea? Have you studied Korean? Would you live in Korea? Would you visit Korea often? Are you close to any Koreans? Would you be able to communicate with the birthparent(s)?

    If the answer is NO to all of the above, then why would you adopt from Korea? Don’t remove these children from Korea to live with you if you have no connection to anything Korean.

    There are reasons for Hague Convention policies – namely to look after the children’s best interests. If you, yourself, are not interested in adhering to Hague Convention policies (and your potential child’s well-being), then you shouldn’t adopt a child and shame on you!

  2. ap2012 says:

    To tys2:

    I am an adoptive parent of a child from Korea. I actually do speak Korean, and have connections in both Korea and Japan. Do I wish everyone who adopts from Korea would teach their children as much as possible about Korean culture? Absolutely.

    But your list of demands is unreasonable, and for many wonderful, loving parents, unattainable. Placing children in loving homes should be everyone’s first priority.

    I have heard people, like you, say (or in this case, imply) that it is better for children to waste away in orphanages in “their own country” than to know what it is like to be forever loved and accepted by a family.

    DO you know how that feels to child who has been adopted? It is a brutal slap in the face. You are basically insinuating that children who have been adopted outside of their own county do not deserve the loving families that they have, if those families do not speak the language or completely understand the culture.

    And as for Korea joining the Hague Convention, I am VERY excited. My family would love to adopt from Korea a second time, and are excited that the opportunity still might be available when we are ready to do so.

    I also would like to say that, even though Korea is not yet party to the Hague Convention, the care taken of the children placed for adoption is exceptional. My son’s experiences pre-adoption were wonderful; to the extent that I have become friends with his foster family and keep in contact with them.

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