Adoption Agencies and Information for Korea
Our Agency, Adoption Services, Inc. can help you with a domestic adoption, but we are no longer doing international adoptions due to problems that can occur in any international adoption. We are a fully licensed non-profit adoption agency that helps birth parents and families living in any state in the U.S. and we can also help U.S. citizens living in any foreign country. Since our founding in 1985, we have worked with thousands of birth parents and adopting families from all over the world and our overall satisfaction rating is excellent. We are committed to putting your needs first and to helping you in every way possible. Feel free to contact us or call (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance or help. All calls are confidential and there is never any obligation or cost to you for our help.
Regarding adoptions from this foreign country:
South Korea has the world’s oldest international adoption program. More than 200,000 children have been adopted from that country since the mid-1950s. In 2006 approximately 1400 children were adopted and Korea now ranks as the fourth-largest county placing children with U.S. families. Normally, Korean infants are relinquished at birth and live with a foster family until they are adopted. Over 90% of babies adopted from Korea are between 4 - 12 months old at the time of adoption.
South Korea’s special adoption law No. 2977, Section 9 (A), requires the use of adoption agencies for overseas adoption of Korean orphans, and Section 10 (A) provides that such adoption agencies must be authorized by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.
The government office responsible for adoptions in South Korea is the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The address is as follows:
Population & Children’s Policy
Anyang Construction Tower 3rd Fl.
1112-1 Dalan Dong, Tongan Gu, Anyang
KOREA EMBASSY AND CONSULATES IN THE UNITED STATES:
Embassy of Korea
2450 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
For more information about adoption from this country and about adoption agencies that can assist you, please visit the websites below. Prospective adoptive parents are advised to fully research any of the adoption agencies they plan to use for adoption services.
Korea: Additional Adoption Agencies and Contact Information
A.A.C. Adoption & Family Network, Inc.
Adopt International and Domestic Services
Americans for International Aid and Adoption
The Barker Foundation
Bethany Christian Services
Carolina Adoption Services
Catholic Charities of Baltimore
Children's Home Society & Family Services
Dillon International, Inc.
Family Adoption Consultants
Family & Children's Agency, Inc.
Holt International Children's Services, Inc.
Love the Children, Inc.
New Beginnings Family & Children's Services, Inc.
Parsons Child & FamilyCenter
Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children
Sunrise Family Services Society
Welcome House Adoption Program of Pearl S. Buck International
Wide Horizons for Children, Inc.
World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP)
The U.S. Department of State: Korea Adoption and Adoption Agencies
The U.S. Department of State: Authentications Office
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Foreign travel registration
The Joint Council for International Children’s Services (JCICS) is one of the oldest and largest membership associations of licensed non-profit international adoption agencies. All of the above adoption agencies are listed as members of JCICS.