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The republic of South Korea is located on a peninsula extending from the continent of Asia into the Sea of Japan. Korea has a colorful history spanning 5,000 years and has been described as the "land of the morning calm.” Dillon International also has a long history with South Korea. The agency began working with Eastern Social Welfare Society (formerly The David Livingston Foundation) in 1972 to place Korean children with U.S. families. Working together, Dillon International and Eastern Social Welfare Society (ESWS) established a system of foster care for children waiting to be adopted. This system has become a model in other countries for developing their own child welfare systems.
Children are received at Eastern's Babies Home and then placed in foster care while they await adoption. ESWS provides counseling services for birth parents considering the relinquishment of their child for adoption. Most birth parents are young, single, and not prepared to provide a nurturing environment for their children because of economic disadvantages and the social stigma of single parenthood.
ESWS maintains two maternity homes -- Esther's Home and Sharon's Home -- where single women receive housing, medical care, and counseling during their pregnancy. Some children available for adoption had birth mothers who stayed at the maternity home until their child's birth.
Children Eligible for Adoption from this Program:
• Children with minor to moderate special needs
For information on South Korea’s eligibility requirements for prospective families, an outline of the adoption process and overview of the fees and expenses, please download our Adoption Guide.