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Guidelines on Petition for Adoption Information Disclosure

Eligibility for petition
Legal basis: Article 36 of the Special Adoption Act (Disclosure of adoption information, etc.)
Adoptee
  • - Adult: An adoptee may petition for disclosure of information
  • - Minor: An adoptee may petition for disclosure of information with the consent of an adoptive parent
    ※ Definition of an adult: 19 years old
Petition procedures
Legal basis: Articles 14~15 of the Enforcement Decree of the Special Adoption Act
Petitioning for
disclosure of
information
·Petitioner: Adoptee
·Institution to be petitioned: Korea Adoption Services or an adoption agency
   (adoption record holding institution)
Deciding on an
institution to handle
disclosure of
information
·Korea Adoption Services: May directly petition the Korea Adoption Services
   ※If necessary, adoption document reinterpretation service is available
·Adoption agency: May directly petition a relevant agency
   ※If another adoption agency is petitioned, the petition shall be transferred to
      the Korea Adoption Services or a relevant adoption agency and the petitioner
      shall be notified of such transfer
Locating a birth parent ·An adoption agency requests the Korea Adoption Services to locate the birth parent
※ Work flow: Adoption agency → Korea Adoption Services → Related institution
   → Korean Adoption Services → Adoption agency
Verifying consent to
information disclosure
·After verifying the whereabouts of birth parents,verify their consent to information
  disclosure
Disclosing adoption
information
·If birth parents consent: Disclose all information
·If birth parents do not consent: Disclose information excluding personal information
   on birth parents
※If an adoptee has a special reason such as a medical purpose, the information
   may be disclosed regardless of consent of birth parents

Step 1Fill out the form for Petition for Adoption Information Disclosure

  • - Required documents: Petition for Adoption Information Disclosure form,identification document (resident
    registration card,passport,foreign registration card,or other certificate(s) confirming the petitioner's identity)
  • - If an adoptee is a minor:A letter of consent by an adoptive parent to petition for adoption information disclosure
    ※Download a Petition for Adoption Information Disclosure form and a Letter of Consent to Petition for Adoption
    Information Disclosure (to be completed by an adoptive parent): www.kadoption.or.kr
1) If an adoptee desires to check his/her adoption information(excluding personal information on birth
  parents at the time of adoption)
  • - The adoptee may check the details of his/her adoption documents. The document may be perused and copies may
  • be provided
  • Tip)
  • In the Petition for Adoption Information Disclosure form,check items excluding "Personal Information on Birth Parents."
2) If an adoptee desires to check personal information on birth parents at the time of adoption and
  make contact and/or conduct a reunion
  • - The Korea Adoption Services or an adoption agency verifies the birth parents' consent to disclosure of adoption
  •    information.
  •   (Personal information on birth parents will be disclosed only if the information is verified.However,the birth
  •   parents may refuse to disclose their personal information.)
  • Tip)
  • In the Petition for Adoption Information Disclosure form,check items excluding "Personal Information on Birth Parents."

Step 2Submit the form for the Petition for Adoption Information Disclosure

1) Request to the Korea Adoption Services
  • - A petition may be submitted to request the disclosure of adoption information via the Korea Adoption Services.
  • - If necessary, adoption document reinterpretation service is available.
2) Request to an adoption agency
  • - A petition may be submitted to request the disclosure of adoption information via an adoption agency.
  • Petitioning the Korea Adoption Services or an adoption agency in Korea for disclosure of adoption information does not
  • require the payment of any service fee.
3) Petition method
  • - A petitioner may submit the form by visiting the Korea Adoption Services or an adoption agency in person,
    or via post,fax or e-mail.
4) Petition details
  • - Legal basis: Article 13 of the Enforcement Decree of the Special Adoption Act (Adoption information subject
    to petition for disclosure)
  • - Personal information on birth parents(at the time of adoption):Name,date of birth,address, and contact number
  • - Adoption background: Age of birth parents at the time of adoption, date of adoption and reasons for adoption,
    name of the domicile area of birth parents (name of a si/gun/gu)
  • - Name, resident registration number, date of birth, and place of birth of the petitioner prior to the adoption
  • - Name, address, and contact number of the protective facility or adoption agency
    where the petitioner was taken into care prior to the adoption

Step 3Progress is updated by Korea Adoption Services or an adoption agency.

1) Verify the whereabouts of the birth parents
  • Adoption

    agency

    Request

    verification of

    the

    whereabouts to

    the Korea

    Adoption

    Services

  • Korea

    Adoption

    Services

    Request an

    institution in

    charge of

    computer

    network or

    documents

    related to the

    resident

    registration,

    family relation

    register,

    immigration,or

    etc.to verify the

    whereabouts

  • Agency

    concerned

    Verify the

    whereabouts

  • Korea

    Adoption

    Services

    Notify the

    outcome on

    verifying the

    whereabouts

  • Adoption

    Agency

    Contact birth

    parents and

    inquire

    regarding their

    wish to engage

    in a reunion

2) Verify consent of birth parents
  • - Legal Basis:Article 15 of the Enforcement Decree of the Special Adoption Act(birth parent's consent to
    disclosure of adoption information)
  • - Birth parents may consent to the disclosure of adoption information in writing or orally. They may refuse to
    consent to the disclosure of adoption information
  • A petitioner may check the decision on the disclosure of adoption information from the Korea Adoption Services or an
  • adoption agency within 15 days from when such a request is made. However, if there are circumstances preventing
  • disclosure of adoption information, such as unknown whereabouts of birth parents, the notification period may be
  • extended for up to 30 days and the extension and its reasons therefor shall be notified to the petitioner. (Article 16 of
  • the Enforcement Decree of the Special Adoption Act)

Step 4Adoption information is disclosed (perusal of documents or provision of copies).

Item Disclosed information
If birth parents consent to the
disclosure of their personal information
- All information including personal information on birth parents at the
time of adoption (name, date of birth, address, and contact information)
If birth parents do not consent to the
disclosure of their personal information
- All information except for personal information on birth parents at the
time of adoption (name, date of birth, address, and contact information)
If a petitioner has a special needs such
as a medical purpose
- Adoption information may be disclosed regardless of consent of
birth parents
If a petitioner requested his/her background
information
- Name, resident registration number, address of the petitioner prior
to the adoption, date of birth, place of birth, date of adoption, and
reasons for adoption
- Other significant information regarding the background of the birth of
the petitioner

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