Adopting from Korea
We are currently accepting a limited number of new applicants to this program. Please note the program always remains open to families of Korean heritage. Eligible families who live in the Northeast and Florida may apply for a child approximately 12-24 months of age at time of referral. New Jersey families should contact us for more information. Families living anywhere in the US may be eligible for waiting children. Generous subsidies are available for eligible waiting children!
- Korea is a non-Hague Convention Country
- Foreign Provider is Holt Children’s Services (HCS)
South Korea, officially known as the Republic of Korea, is home to nearly
49 million. The country is highly homogeneous. The official language is Korean, but English is often taught in junior and senior high schools. Christian religions and Buddhism are widely practiced.
WHFC has helped place more than 4,300 children from Korea. Holt Children’s Services (HCS), the oldest and largest placement agency in Korea, has been our partner for more than 38 years.
The following applicants are eligible for the WHFC Korea Adoption Program. Please note that eligibility requirements for adoptive parents are usually determined by adoption officials in the child’s birth country, not WHFC.
Married Heterosexual Couples Age 25-44
- No more than a 10-year age difference between spouses
- More flexible age requirements possible for waiting children or applicants who are of Korean heritage (including adoptees)
- Married 3 years or more
- No more than 2 divorces each
- No more than 4 children already in the home; exceptions may be made for waiting children
Children Who Need Families
Boys and girls age 12-24 months, toddlers, twins (on occasion) and waiting children are available to eligible families who live in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. New Jersey families should contact us for more information. Waiting children may be available to families living in all other states. Children are lovingly cared for by Holt-approved foster parents living in the greater Seoul area or in the Holt Reception Center, a small facility with a high caretaker-to-child ratio, which is well equipped and modern. Children receive excellent medical care.
Adopting a waiting child can be a wonderful option for some families! Eligibility requirements are generally more flexible, and photos and medical information can be reviewed prior to match. Subsidies are often available. View waiting child profiles.
Information You Can Expect to Receive
You will receive photos and detailed medical information on your child. Some information on family history is also available. Families receive medical updates on a regular basis during the period between referral and travel. Children are tested for Hepatitis B and HIV before leaving Korea.
Estimated Wait Times for a Referral
You will receive your child’s referral 12-15 months after your dossier is submitted.
Travel Requirements and Experience
Two trips of 7-10 days each are required to bring your child home. You will travel 15-24 months after receiving your child’s referral. Travel may be sooner for families of Korean heritage. Both parents are required to travel for the first trip and at least one parent is required to travel for the second trip. Accommodations in Seoul are modern and comfortable, and English is widely spoken.
Please download our information packet for a comprehensive list of fees and other important information on all WHFC adoption programs.
How to Get Started
If you have registered with us, complete the Korea-Specific Risk Acknowledgement form and your application as soon as possible to begin the process. If you are not a current WHFC client, submit the Korea-Specific Risk Acknowledgement form and register online today.
WHFC Korea Program Staff
HCS is the oldest, largest placement agency in Korea, with a worldwide reputation as a leader in international adoption. In addition to helping with child placements, Holt approves and supervises the foster homes where the children are cared for. A small number of children are also cared for in the modern, well-equipped Holt Reception Center in Seoul. Contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you!
- Steps in the international adoption process
- WHFC Korea Adoption Program Fees
- Korea adoption resources
- Financing your adoption
- Family stories
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