Hi! I’m Beth Kido, the Korea Program Manager. After working in WACAP’s China program, I took over the Korea program in September, following a previous year with a great deal of change in Korea adoptions. In recent years, the Korean government has been making changes to its adoption law and procedures, which for families, has slowed down some steps or resulted in new ones. But throughout change, we’ve seen families’ continued commitment to the children waiting to come home. And this year, we celebrated the first child who came home under the new court process. Welcoming her home has definitely been a highlight of this job so far. Now that the program is settling into the new process, I am glad to see things moving along. The exciting news is that we have a family traveling to pick up their son this week! Another 7 families are anxiously anticipating a court date and we expect a flurry of travel to Korea with the New Year. I am amazed at the perseverance the parents’ display, not only in adapting to the process, but their commitment to follow their dream with this child who has been introduced into their lives. As an adoptive parent myself, helping these families unite is truly a New Year’s wish come true.
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