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Are you exploring adopting from South Korea? If you have questions about the children waiting in Korea or the adoption process, speak to an adoption specialist today. We are eager to talk to you! 

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The Barker Adoption Foundation has helped hundreds of children in South Korea to experience the permanency and love of an adoptive family.

Barker’s partnership with Korea Welfare Services (KWS), formally known as Social Welfare Society (SWS) Inc. began in 2003, and today KWS remains one of Barker’s strongest and most predictable international programs. Both Barker and KWS are known for high ethical standards and integrity and are committed to lifelong post-adoption services and support for adopted children and their "forever families."

Explore More About Barker's South Korea Adoption Program, Children Waiting and Eligibility:

CITIZENSHIP: At least one parent must be a United States citizen.

MARRIAGE: Heterosexual married couples who have been married 3 years or longer. Each parent cannot have more than one divorce. No more than a ten year age differences between spouses.

AGE: Parents must be at least 25 years old and must be under the age of 45 by the time of paperwork submission. The age limit can be extended to 50 when at least one parent is of Korean descent, is an adoptee, or if they have already adopted from Korea.

HEALTH: All adopting parents must be in good health physically, mentally and emotionally with a maximum Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or lower. Medical and mental health situations are reviewed on a case by case basis.

EXISTING CHILDREN: Family cannot have more than 4 children already in the home.

INCOME: Minimum household income of $30,000.

HISTORY: All adopting parents must show good moral character with no criminal history. Histories of minor offenses are reviewed on a case by case basis.

AGE AT REFERRAL & PLACEMENT: Children's ages range from 6 months to 12 months old at the time of referral and then 16 - 24 months at time of placement.

CARE IN COUNTRY: Children are in the private foster homes managed by Korea Welfare Society, Barker’s partner agency.

BIRTH PARENTS: Most children available for adoption are placed by unmarried mothers who are concerned about the stigma against children who are born out of wedlock.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Referrals presented typically have a fair amount of information about the birth mother and many times, information about the birth father as well.

GENDER: The majority of children awaiting a family are boys. Families cannot request a girl, unless they already have a son in their home.

  1. Submit an adoption application to Barker.
  2. Complete the pre-adoption group, the on-line training, and the home study.
  3. Complete and submit an adoption dossier for Korea. 
  4. Receive a referral of a child approximately 10-12 months after the dossier is sent to Korea.
  5. Travel to Korea for the first of two one-week trips in approximately 6-12 months after referral acceptance. You will meet your child on this first trip.
  6. Travel to Korea for the second time approximately four weeks after your first trip to attend court and to travel home with your child.
  7. Return home to the United States with your child. Your child automatically becomes a U.S. citizenship upon entering the United States.
  8. Send a copy of your child’s Certificate of Citizenship to Barker once received.

Your social worker will guide and support you through this important time. Your social worker will visit with you in the first, second, third, sixth and ninth and twelfth month after you return from Korea.

FULL SERVICE CLIENTS: Barker Fee of $12,650 + International Fee of $ 21,040

PLACEMENT ONLY CLIENTS: Barker Fee of $8,100 + International Fee of $ 21,040

TRAVEL FEES: $10,000 (estimated- Note: travel fees may be higher during quarantine)T R AV E L R E Q

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