Korea adoption process

May 16, 2006 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Adoption Updates | Leave a comment

What's nice about the Korea adoption process is that you don't have to submit a dossier to get started in the adoption process.  In our case, we submitted our application to Lifelink in Bensenville, IL and that effectively put us on the waiting list for a referral.  It's been nice because we haven't felt the pressure to rush through any documentation preparation or home study meetings because we didn't need an approved home study to begin the process.

Our application was logged in with Lifelink on December 22, 2005.  At the time, our agency was receiving an average of 3 referrals a month.  They had a really busy November in which 7 referrals were received.  In the Korean adoption community it is no secret that the Korean government wants to eliminate all international adoptions in the near future.  This has resulted in a decrease in the number of visas issued for orphans each year.  Our agency received 60 visas last year and although they expect a decrease in number for this year, they don't feel the number will be significantly less.

Since March, our agency has only received 4 referrals.  Two of these referrals were of infants with health concerns – not terribly significant health concerns but health concerns none the less.  We were offered the opportunity to review the medical information of one of these infants but after doing some research on some of the preliminary information we were given, we decided not to pursue the referral.

What does all this mean?  Well, more and more couples in Korea are coming forward to adopt domestically which is excellent for the children.  I think most couples waiting to adopt from Korea would agree that the best situation is for children to remain in-country.  However, this means fewer children are being referred for international adoption and those that are have health concerns.  We don't know exactly where we are at on the list other than we have not quite cracked the top 10.  So if referrals coming in occur less than 1 per month, our wait could be significant.

So the real question is this: how long to we hang in there and hope and pray that our dreams of bringing home a brother for Sophie will happen?  Do we abandon the Korea program and effectively start from scratch with a new program?  Do we walk away all together and be grateful that we've been blessed with Sophie?  For now I guess we hang tight and see how things progress over the next couple of months.

I pray for patience and strength to get me through these next couple of months…..


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