I 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.