Since the passage of the new Special Adoption Law, the first ever intercountry adoption has been completed through the Family Court in Korea.
On April 23, 2013, the Seoul Family Court has granted a couple named ‘Hall’ from Sweden to adopt a boy that was born January 2012.
This is a first case of adoption being finalized in Korea through the family court since the change in the law.
The Social Welfare Society (SWS) applied for the couple’s adoption of the child in January 2012. The Halls arrived in Korea on April 4th to meet with the child and was summoned to the court to be interviewed. The Halls have adopted a child from Korea in 2007 and this is their second adoption.
According to the Special Adoption Law that was enacted in August 2012, the adoption agencies serving the foreign couples are working through the family court, accompanied with the emigration permit (EP).
There have been 66 applications of intercountry adoption to be approved by the family court on April 11, 2013. But only one case has been processed.
However, for domestic adoption, there have been 116 applications to be processed by the family court, and 52 of them have been completed to date.