The current wait for referral is 15 months. We received two referrals in March and the children were 13 and 14 months old. We received one travel visa in March and three in April.
As mentioned in the March update, due to the slowdown of referrals and travel, the age requirement for the Korea program has changed. Families need to submit their registration packet to Spence-Chapin no later than 40 ½ years old and must submit their full dossier to Korea, including the I-600a approval, before their 41st birthday. This went into effect on February 14, 2012 and for families applying to S-C after this time will be under this new age requirement. Families currently in process (those who have applied to Spence-Chapin before February 14, 2012) must submit their dossier before their 43rd birthday. Please consult with your social worker to expedite your case if you are currently in between 41 and 43 years of age.
Korea is working towards finalizing the adoption in country by August of this year. It is yet to be determined how this is going to affect the timeline and paperwork for adoptive parents. As soon as we are notified by the ministry, we will prepare our families to finalize their adoption in country appropriately.