To answer your questions based on the recent blogs, where record number of people have visited and left comments and questions. I will do my best to give you heads up on what is going on.
Some have mentioned through the comments that the adoption agency representatives were scheduled to meet with the judges of the Family Court to address some concerns with the extended stay requirement. I was initially told that the meeting would happen March 5, 2013.
It was my goal that your comments will be compiled, summarized, and plotted by category the difficult reasons why the extended stay of 3 - 4 weeks requirement in Korea would be extrememely challenging, if not impossible for all the waiting families. We chose to summarize based on the top six reasons (will share this on another blog).
At MPAK, I worked with my members in coming up with the summary report and have submitted the final report to the interested parties in Korea. In addition to the comments posted, there were many emails received and these were included in the final results as well. The agencies were planning to take the results, that is, your voices to meet with the judges. That is the reason why we worked feverishly late into the night in getting the report finished and forwarded to Korea.
But the agencies were notified by the court that they need to postpone the meeting. This was due to two of the three judges handling the adoption cases had to be reassigned to another area and they have been replaced by three new judges, now totaling four. There is no doubt that the new judges will need to some time to learn the ropes and bring them up to speed.
But the issue of the extended stay requirement is a no brainer for the judges. I think the new judges will understand the situation right away, and hopefully they will agree to a solution where the adopting parents need to be in Korea no more than a week. And the agencies are hoping for this as well. To be honest with you all, when all is said and done, I have a strong sense that this will be the case.
We need to have a better understanding on the 14-day reconsideration period. In the current Family Court of law, when a decision is made, it is by law that a 14-day reconsideration period commences for both parties. This 14-day reconsideration period is not just for adoption related issue. It could be on other non-adoption related topics dealing with family problems or feud - such as divorce, custody rights, family relationships, inheritance, etc. The 14-day reconsideration period is an across-the-board ruling for all decisions.
But in the case of adoption, the two parties are an adoptive family, and the other is a birthmother. The court will first summon the birthmothers. However it is expected that very few will acually show up, and some birthmothers won't be found. But there will be a very few birthmothers that will choose to take their babies back. And they have the right to do so.
If the birthmother does not show up at the court or the court becomes convinced that a birthmother is unwilling or unable to take care of the baby, a decision will be reached to allow adoption. It is hoped that at this time the adoptive parents will be called to make a travel to Korea to finalize the adoption at the Family Court and take the child home, and hopefully they don't have to stay over a week.
This is all I have for now. In a nutshell, the agencies are trying to reschedule a meeting with the judges to iron out the extended travel issues and come to an acceptable solution that can be satisfactory to all the adoptive families.