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DNA collecting and registering for oversea adoptees will possible through Korean consulates from now on
Date : 2019-12-19 Name : KAS Hit :  3,882

As of January, 2020 the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Korean National Police Agency will provide services to collect and register the DNA of overseas Korean adoptees, who does not have identifying birth parent information through 14 Korean consulates in 34 adoptive countries. Collected DNA data will be registered to Korean police agency's missing children database.


* Legal basis : The Act on the Protection and Support of Missing Children, etc



 □ Eligibility who meets one of the conditions below

 1) Korean adoptees who have no identifying birth parent information

 2) Korean adoptees who can't locate their birth parent due to inadequate identifying birth parent information

 3) Special, case by case, Korean adoptees without 1) and 2)

 □ How to apply  

Petition birth family search and confirming eligibility for DNA test

Adoptees who have petitioned before and simply want to do DNA test may skip this stage.

Petition Adoption Information Disclosure with Adoption agency or National Center for the Rights of the Child (NCRC). Adoptees will be provided with adoption records and thereby be confirmed eligibility for the DNA test.

Receive ‘Certificate’ confirming eligibility for DNA test issued from NCRC

To do the genetic testing through Korean consulates, Certificate that confirms eligibility for the DNA test issued from NCRC is needed. To request the certificate please submit request form for the certificate along with your copy of ID (Passport preferred). NCRC will issue the certificate and provide it to adoptee. This will be notified to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Contact the Korean consulate to make a reservation for DNA test

Before visiting the Korean consulate, adoptee has to contact the Korean consulate and make an appointment for DNA test.

(Please bring the certificate and your ID on your visit day)

 □ Process of family search through DNA test 

  Korean consulates collect DNA samples from adoptee after checking the certificate from the adoptee and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Collected DNA sample will be delivered to the Korean National Police Agency(NPA)

NPA will update database and refers genetic test comparison with the DNA data of families of missing children to the National Forensic Service through National Center for missing children.

DNA matching results will be notified to adoptees through the Korean consulate. When the matching DNA is found, Korean consulate will collect a DNA sample from the adoptee again for second verification.

When the DNA matching is finally confirmed, Korean consulate will notify the test results to the adoptee and guide the adoptee to NCRC to receive services for family reunion.

NCRC will support the family reunion by providing interpretation and counseling service.


  <Family search process>



 * 34 Korean consulates in 14 Adoptive countries.


 NCRC also provides additional search methods for adoptees who are unable to locate their birth parents.

If you are interested in additional search avenues, please follow the link https://www.kadoption.or.kr/en/board/board_view.jsp?no=123&listSize=10&pageNo=1&bcode=41_7 




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