Availability of Foster Care in International Adoptions
Q: Are there countries other than Korea where children are cared for in foster homes after birth before adoption? We would love to adopt from Korea, but I am concerned that with their goal to move away from international adoption this may be more difficult.
A: There is no other Asian country that has embraced foster care placement for children awaiting adoption as thoroughly as Korea. Keep in mind, that most abandoned children and babies in Korea are not eligible for adoption, and are placed in orphanages rather than foster care (see our blog post on Korean adoption trends). However, it is true that those children in Korea who are in the international adoption program are placed in foster homes. Many countries are slowly beginning to place children in foster care or smaller group homes rather than orphanages. China also places some children in foster homes, rather than child welfare institutions, especially children with special needs. Also, the orphanages I am familiar with in Taiwan, and some in Colombia are relatively small with a good adult to child ratio.Image credit: Justintime