South Korea Adoption Program


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 children from Korea 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.

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Waiting Child Photo Listing

Currently we have children who have been identified as being available for international adoption.

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When deciding if adoption is right for your family, we understand there are a lot of questions.  Schedule a time to talk to one of our adoption professionals.


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Country Comparison


We understand that trying to choose a program that best fits your family can be overwhelming.  We have created a country comparison chart to help you see all the programs at one time.  We also have the option to start the adoption program without selecting a country program.  

Frequently asked questions

Who are the children available for adoption?

  • Boys and some girls 18-26 months old at time of placement
  • Children with minor to moderate special needs or birth family risk factors

Can I select my child's gender?

Families must be open to either gender.

Can single parents adopt?

No, unfortunatly South Korea does not accept single parent applicants.

What are the family requirements to adopt from South Korea?

Parents’ Ages

  • 25–44.5 years of age for non-Heritage family
  • 25-49.5 years of age for families with at least one spouse of Korean Heritage
  • 25-49.5 years of age for any Korean adult adoptee, either adopted from Korea or in the U.S.
  • 25-49.5 years of age for any family who has previously adopted a child from Korea
  • No more than 10 years age difference between spouses
Length of Marriage
  • Heterosexual couples married at least 2.5 years for both first and/or second marriages.
History of Arrests
  • Very minor arrest history could be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Children in Family Prior to Adoption
  • No more than 4 children in the home
  • The youngest child in the family must be at least 12 months older than the child being adopted. No exceptions.
  • Dillon is authorized to work with families in all 50 states.
  • Applicants with recent history or currently taking medication to treat mental health issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, ADHD) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must demonstrate symptoms are mild and well controlled
  • Applicants are required to be within the stated weight limits prior to accepting a child referral.
Psychological Evaluation
  • Required for each parent
  • Minimum annual income of $40,000 plus $10,000 per child under 18 years old living in the home.
  • Both parents must travel and make two trips of 6-8 days each.

What does a typical Korea program adoption timeline look like?

Estimated timeframes are based on Dillon's current experience and can change during the process.

  • Application: 2-3 months
  • Home study: 2-3 months
  • Referral: 8-12+ months
  • Child’s arrival: 8-12 months
  • Total timeframe: 20-30+ months