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Important Note: Family & Children’s Agency is not currently accepting new applications for our South Korea adoption program.

Family & Children’s Agency began adoptions in South Korea in 1982 and since, has placed more than 3,000 children with their forever families throughout the United States. Our program holds an active Hague Accreditation through the Council on Accreditation since 2008. 

Experts in South Korean Adoptions

The Agency’s work in South Korea is anchored by a collaborative relationship with Korea Welfare Services (KWS), one of three private child placement agencies in South Korea. KWS’ professionalism and social work process ensures that infants are nurtured in private foster care and receive regular medical attention of the highest quality. We have found that KWS gives exceptional services to the birth mothers and infants in their care.

Children Available Most children are referred for adoption between the ages of 6 to 24 months and usually arrive in the United States at 15 to 48 months of age.
Important Note: The infant’s gender may not be specified.
CostPlease see our fee schedule and reach out to us directly with any specific questions.
Time frame Families are receiving referrals approximately 12-36 months after their home study packet is received by KWS. Families travel to Korea to receive their children 9-18 months from the time of accepting their child’s referral.
Travel Requirements to South KoreaFamilies are required to travel to South Korea as part of their adoption process. Contact us below for more information.
Special Features of FCA’s ProgramChildren are in individual foster care (not orphanages) while they await adoption. Each referral contains some medical information on the child. If requested by a physician, additional information may be able to be obtained. We provide educational classes focusing on raising children born in South Korea.

The Korean Adoption Process

Home Study Connecticut and New York residents who reside within a two hour drive of our Harrison, NY office can apply for a home study with Family & Children’s Agency.
Immigration FormsOnce the home study is approved, parents will apply to (USCIS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Service for permission to bring a child into the U.S.

This involves obtaining and filing the I-600A/I800 A Form and arranging for a fingerprinting appointment. Our Agency assists you with this step and makes sure you feel prepared and organized.
Referral and TravelFamily & Children’s Agency will send your home study packet to KWS in Korea. The waiting time for a referral is 12 to 36 months.

Families receive medical and social history on the child and the birth family, as well as photos of the child.

After you accept your referral, you can expect to travel in approximately 9 to 18 months; however, this time frame can vary. Our Korea program staff provides extensive preparation for each step of the travel process.
Follow UpFollow-up support for the family will be provided by the home study agency in the family’s state of residence. This consists of six post-placement visits over a 1 year period to help with the child’s adjustment.

Hague Accreditation information: Upon request, we can provide service policy contracts, the number of placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption. You may request this information from any Hague-accredited agency as stipulated by the Hague Convention.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact us below.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your family is in need of support, we understand that you have a lot of questions. Rest assured our staff is here to help you understand the process. We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions we receive.

What is Family & Children’s Agency’s philosophy of adoption?

Family & Children’s Agency believes in a caring approach that is concerned with the needs and rights of all parties involved as we work to create safe and permanent plans for children. We view adoption as a lifelong process where we work to support all participants in an adoption including birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees.

What options are there for adoptive parents working with Family & Children’s Agency?

Once your home study is approved, you can adopt in the United States or overseas. Family & Children’s Agency places infants born in Connecticut and New York through our Domestic program. Some families interested in adopting domestically enroll in FCA’s Domestic program, while others enroll with an agency outside of Connecticut or New York to complete a domestic adoption. In “Parent Initiated” adoptions, the adoptive parents locate a potential birth mother and infant through advertising and networking. We have an international placement program for children from Korea. Family & Children’s Agency can prepare home studies for adoption through other agencies.

What is the wait time for international adoptions?
Please note: FCA is not currently accepting new applications for our South Korea program. 

FCA has worked with Korea Welfare Services (KWS) in Seoul, South Korea to place children for adoption for over 40 years. Currently, once a family submits a completed home study to KWS, the waiting time to receive a referral is 12-36 months. Once a family accepts a referral, the waiting time to bring the child home is 9-18 months. The waiting time for an adoption from Korea can vary and is subject to change.
How old are the children that are adopted through family and Children’s Agency?
In a domestic adoption, we typically see infants placed with adoptive families. Internationally, in our Korea program, children are typically 15-48 months of age at the time of placement.
How much does an adoption cost?
All costs in an adoption vary according not only to the adoption program you choose, but also the auxiliary costs. When budgeting for adoption, it’s important to be aware of related expenses, such as immigration documents, travel, medical evaluations, translations, long distance calls, attorney fees (if applicable), and living expenses while at your out-of-state or foreign destination. In a domestic adoption, the placement fee is paid to the U.S. adoption agency that places the child with you. This may be Family & Children’s Agency or an out-of-state agency, but never both. If you reside outside Connecticut or New York your home study fee will be set by your local adoption agency. See our fee schedule for more information.
Are there limits on who can adopt?

Our commitment to inclusivity means we are proud to work with families of all kinds and faith backgrounds, including those who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, married and unmarried couples, and single applicants. Foreign countries may have other limitations and your FCA adoption social worker will work with you to find a good fit for your family.

Is there a residency requirement for families adoption through FCA?
FCA works with families who live in Connecticut or in New York within a two hour drive of our Harrison, NY office. We cannot accept families outside of this area.
Does FCA offer any support to families while they are waiting for their child?

Family & Children's Agency is committed to supporting families throughout the entire process. For families who complete a home study with FCA, our Waiting Families Support Group meets monthly and is organized by two of our adoption professionals. Join with other waiting parents to get support, education, and build your adoption community.

Does Family & Children’s Agency hold events for families after adoption?

Once you adopt through FCA, you become part of our family as well and we will provide ongoing support. Annually, we have a seasonal party for all adoptive families. We also assist in organizing regular "Nights Out" for parents and parents-to-be, play groups, and an annual birth parent panel presentation.

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Testimonials
“Our social worker is fantastic - she was so helpful during our home study process. She made us feel comfortable and provided much needed guidance. ”
— Adoption client
“The team at FCA made the process of adoption seamless. With FCA our entire life changed.”
— Adoption client
“FCA made a very complex and laborious process easier - the staff and social workers are very helpful and the classes were valuable. ”
— Adoption client
“We would like to thank you for your support and guidance through our adoption process. You made the process far less stressful and prepared us to be better adoptive parents.”
— Adoption Program Client
“I feel that the team really cares about our family and has genuinely empathized with the ups and downs throughout the adoption experience.”
— Adoption client
“FCA was informative, supportive, and encouraging through an uncertain and emotional process. We looked forward to our appointments both pre- and post-placement to help us feel prepared, centered and hopeful!”
— Adoption client