Several of you have emailed me, or commented and asked questions on my previous blogs on why the EP process seems to have slowed down recently.
The EP process has not slowed down. It will continue, and there seems to be no real problem other than some information on adoptive parents were not in order and the agencies have been requested by the Ministry to provide additional data.
For the year 2013, by the end of June 30, 2013, there has been 250 domestic adoptions taken place this year in Korea. These adoptions were approved by the family court judges and finalized. However, there are additional 74 cases that have been submitted to the family court for approval by June 30, 2013. So there are 324 cases (250+74) submitted to the court, and represents all three adoption agencies submittals.
The Ministry, using their formula of 2/3 rule, will accept the EP applications from all three agencies, and that is 216 applications (2/3 of 324) for EP for the month of July. The 2/3 formula is not based on the final adoption ruling by the family court judges, but based on the number of cases submitted (or applied) to the court.
The Ministry will continue to use this formula, but I am told that they will be flexible and work with the agencies to come up with a solution if the agencies are not able to achieve their monthly objectives for domestic adoption. I'm just hoping that they will be flexible enough to reach this year's quota of 743 children by the end of the year.