The most recent change to the process is related to the paperwork. The Ministry of Health and Welfare in Korea (MOHW) now requires references be included with the family's EP (Exit Permission) paperwork. The references are already required as part of the homestudy process, so this is easy to do and does not require any additional action by adoptive families.
Here's what has been going on recently in the Korea Program at AAC
In 2013, AAC welcomed home 11 children from Korea.
This year, as of July 31, 2014:
- 18 children have come home
- 3 families are currently waiting for the court's final approval so that they can travel to pick up their children
- 4 families have a court hearing scheduled in August
- 6 families have EP approval and are waiting for their court date to be set
- 8 families' paperwork has been submitted to the MOHW and are awaiting EP approval
- 13 families' files have been sent to ESWS for translation in preperation for EP submissions