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SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - KOREA


SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHILDREN ADOPTED FROM SOUTH KOREA

Before the adoption
Korean adoption agencies support pregnant-women's homes; three of the four agencies run their own. One of the agencies has its own maternity hospital and does its own delivery. All four provide and subsidize child care. 2

Pre-adoptive medical reports from South Korea usually contain a considerable amount of information about the birth mother and often the birth father. This may include not only physical information (height, weight, general appearance, medical problems) but also information about their educational and social backgrounds, interests and occupations.

Some birth mothers receive prenatal care through homes for unwed mothers if an adoption plan is made prior to delivery. Virtually all the children are born in hospital or maternity homes and accurate birth information is available. Most infants receive vaccination against hepatitis B within 48 hours of birth. Physical and developmental examinations are performed at least monthly and results are sent to prospective adoptive parents. Laboratory testing is generally reliable although it should be repeated when children enter the United States.

Most Korean children live in loving, attentive foster care prior to adoptive placement. Descriptions of the infant's daily routine, response to feeding and bathing and sleep patterns are al provided to the adoptive family. The foster family is also described. Foster parents occasionally send photos and letters with the child at the time of adoptive placement.

Children are carefully followed by well-trained physicians who have access to Western-style diagnostic equipment and tests. If anything, most local physicians appear to err on the side of caution. If needed, specialty care is available. Full details are given about interim medical problems, hospitalizations, medications, etc.

 

Unless otherwise noted content is from THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. Copyright 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.

2 Wikipedia, International adoption of South Korean children, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_adoption_of_South_Korean_children

 

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