South Korea

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South Korea Program Information Sheet

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.



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



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 AR, KS, MO, OK and TX.
  • With special permission from Korea, Dillon can work with families residing in AL, AZ, CA, CT, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NM, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, WA, WI or WY.
  • With special permission from Korea, Dillon can work with families in all 50 states if at least one spouse has Korean Heritage.
  • With special permission from Korea, Dillon can work with families in all 50 states who desire to adopt through the Waiting Child Program.


  • Applicants with recent history or currently taking medication to treat mental health issues (e.g., depression, anxiety) 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.
  • View weight chart here.

Psychological Evaluation

  • Required for each parent


  • Minimum annual income of $30,000

Child’s Gender

  • Families must be open to a child of either gender


  • Both parents must travel and make two trips of 6-8 days each.


  • Social worker reports due at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months (unless state of residence requires more).


  • Application: 2-3 months
  • Home study: 2-3 months
  • Referral: 1-3 months
  • Child’s arrival: 7-10 months
  • Total timeframe: 12-19 months

Want to see how this compares to other countries’ requirements? Look at our country comparison chart.

Learn even more in the Adoption Guide.