Recently our office represented U.S. parents whose adoption application had been denied by the Korean court. The adoption was processed as an institutional adoption which is regulated by the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Promotion and Procedure of Adoption. Institutional adoption, often called an orphanage adoption, is under more strict regulation and qualifications than a private adoption. In this case, the 1st instance court of Seoul Family Court denied the U.S. parents adoption petition due to the concern caused by the adoptive parent’s past medical history of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Our office, leaded by lawyer Mr. Wonil Chung, took this case at the appellate court level. We reviewed the the entire record and documents from the beginning and found that the lower court’s finding and the conclusion were not based on the true facts, but on vague concern. We even found a critical error in the translation of ODC evaluation report provided by the Korean adoption agency.
Mr. Chung argued in front of the appellate judges that U.S. medical professionals had stated that the petitioner’s OCD did not harm his suitability as an adoptive parent. He also pointed out that the U.S. government had Continue reading