I have the latest number of adoptions as of 9/30/13. There was no data available for October or November, yet. But as of 9/30/13, there have been approximately 490 domestic adoptions, and 140 intercountry adoptions completed.
As of 11/30/13, the total number of domestic adoption cases submitted to the family court is around 650. Based on this number the EPs can be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) for intercountry adoption. Using the 2/3 rule, this would be around 430, the number submitted to MOHW for application for the EPs. Of course the significant portion the 430 EPs have already been approved and many have been submitted to the family court for the finalization.
The big question is, how many more EPs can MOHW accept and process while their office is slated to move to the Sejong City on December 13th and will last at least a week or so. I asked my source whether this means all the adoption process by MOHW is essentially over for the year. I was told that it isn't over, as MOHW stated that they will still try to process as many as they can before the year is over.
The new director at MOHW (whom I have met in Korea) is being praised for taking the issue of the EP approval seriously and being much more agressive and prompt with the process, but he sticks to the rule and does not bend easily I am told. But he is much more effective in getting the number of EPs approved.
My source tells me that the domestic adoption application to the family court will exceed 700 this year, thus allowing a room for 465 or so intercountry EPs accepted by MOHW. However, one must be aware that it takes time for MOHW to clear all the EPs, and many of them won't be approved until early 2014. But the thinking is that all the EPs accepted by MOHW in 2013 will count as the total number of intercountry adoptions from Korea this year.
I am hopeful that the application for domestic adoption will reach 750, thus giving 500 EPs for intercountry adoption this year. While 500 is way short of the initial quota of 743 set for the year 2013, the speed has picked up quite a bit lately under the new director, and for the judges the process has now become more of a routine process for them.