**This information is not new. It came out on MPAK on Mar. 12, but I had not blogged it and feel that it is important for Easton's story.
Apparently, the judges heard our pleas.
Here is the new process update:
The three agencies in Korea have heard from a
judge in the Family Court, and the court has cancelled the appointments
for several families that were to appear before the court in April, and decided
to go ahead and approve their adoptions.
how the process will work:
court will review all the adoption documents of a family that wish to adopt a
child from Korea. Before that the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) would
approve the family and issue an EP, and all the documents will be forwarded to
the Family Court to get reviewed and a judge will conditionally approve the
family. In the past years the MOHW was the final approving authority. Under
the new adoption law the final approvals will come from the Family
2. A social worker appointed by the Family Court will
arrange an interview with baby's birthmother to make sure that she is sure of
her decision to give up the baby.
it is determined that the birthmother does not wish to keep the baby, the 14-day
clock starts ticking. Like I mentioned, this is to give the birthmother the
time to reconsider her decision. In most cases, the birthmothers will not want
their babies back. So in a sense they are given two chances at their babies.
They will be given 7 days to change their minds right after the birth. And they
will be given one more chance just before the babies are adopted. In truth they
have the power to take back their children anytime after the birth to the time
4. After the 14-day reconsideration period is over,
and the baby is still available, a judge issues the final adoption order,
allowing the adoptive family to take their child home.
agency will contact the adoptive family to travel to Korea to pick up their
child right after the 14-day period is over