As of July 31, 2013, there have been approximately 460 domestic adoption cases submitted to the court for the year 2013. Using the 2/3 rule, that works out to be 306 intercountry adoption EPs that should be submitted or approved.
But the actual EPs submitted is fewer than 306. I think it looks more like around 300 EPs submitted. Not breaking down the actual EPs submitted by each agency, and not wanting to disclose too much details, I think the EP movement is very slow, but it has caught up significantly in recent months.
While I am pessimistic that MOHW will reach the 2013 quota level this year, I am confident that if the agencies are aggressive in their domestic adoption campaign, then the number of EPs will continue to climb, and may even come close to the quota level.
However, the agencies are in challenging position as the domestic adoption itself has slowed down significantly compared to the year before. There just aren't enough girls for domestic adoption, as domestic adoption in Korea has preferred girls over boys by 7 to 3 in the past as it is now.
Due to the complexities of the Special Adoption Law, I am told that there are many cases of illicit adoptions happening in Korea, where adoptive parents work directly with clinics or birthmothers to obtain children, thus bypassing the agencies and the due process of adoption practices. In this manner, the children are not registered with birthmother but are registered under the adopting parents name, as they pretend the babies were born from them.
The Special Adoption Law has resulted in hundreds of children being abandoned, and has caused havoc in decreasing even the domestic adoption while increasing illicit adoptions. This law clearly has proven that it is not in the best interest of children, and should be revised.