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
① 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.
② Receive ‘Certificate’ confirming eligibility
for DNA test issued from NCRC
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
form for the certificate along with your copy of ID (Passport
NCRC will issue the certificate and provide it to adoptee. This will be
notified to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
③ 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
consulates collect DNA samples from adoptee after checking the certificate from
the adoptee and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
② Collected DNA sample will be delivered to the Korean
National Police Agency(NPA)
③ 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.
④ 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.
⑤ 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.
⑥ 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