Korea Program Information and Requirements
- Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 25 years old and no older than 44 at the time of application. The age limit is extended to 49 if the prospective adoptive parents have previously adopted from Korea, are Korean adoptees themselves, or are of Korean heritage.
- Prospective adoptive parents must be married a minimum of three years. Korea does not accept applications from single individuals.
- AAC is able to place in all states by requesting permission from Korea.
- There may be no more than four children living at home. The child being adopted must be the youngest child in the family by at least one full year.
- Prospective adoptive parents should be in good physical, emotional and mental health. They must have a BMI of less than 30%. Prospective adoptive parents are required to have a psychological evaluation performed by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist during the homestudy process.
- Korea will not accept applications from individuals who have a history of alcohol abuse, prescription drug abuse, or any use of "street drugs" such as: marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, opium and heroin.
- Prospective adoptive parents may not have any serious criminal history. Prospective adoptive parents that have had minor offenses should contact A.A.C. for a case by case evaluation.
- Korea will not accept applications from prospective adoptive parents that have a history of domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse or abandonment.
- Parents are required to make two trips to Korea. Both parents must travel for the first trip, but only one is required for the second.
- The adoption is finalized in Korea. The post-adoption supervision period is twelve months.
- Costs are in excess of $30,000 including travel costs.
NOTE: These requirements are subject to change at any time by either country or agency.