Alternatives to

using animals

The principle of the 3Rs (Replace, Reduce, Refine) was introduced in 1959 and establishes the accepted standards for research with animals. 


The 3Rs are part of the everyday practice of the European biomedical sector and are an integral part of both national and international laws that regulate the use of animals in scientific procedures. 

The 3Rs are:


Replacement - Methods that prevent or help replace the use of animals


Reduction -

Methods that help reduce the number of animals used in experiments


Refinement - Methods that help minimize any pain or distress and improve animal welfare. 

For more information about the 3Rs
around Europe, please visit:

Who are the children available for adoption?

  • Boys and some girls 18-26 months old at time of placement
  • Children with minor to moderate special needs or birth family risk factors

Can I select my child's gender?

Families must be open to either gender.

Can single parents adopt?

No, unfortunatly South Korea does not accept single parent applicants.

What are the family requirements to adopt from South Korea?

Parents’ Ages

  • 25–44.5 years of age for non-Heritage family
  • 25-49.5 years of age for families with at least one spouse of Korean Heritage
  • 25-49.5 years of age for any Korean adult adoptee, either adopted from Korea or in the U.S.
  • 25-49.5 years of age for any family who has previously adopted a child from Korea
  • No more than 10 years age difference between spouses
Length of Marriage
  • Heterosexual couples married at least 2.5 years for both first and/or second marriages.
History of Arrests
  • Very minor arrest history could be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Children in Family Prior to Adoption
  • No more than 4 children in the home
  • The youngest child in the family must be at least 12 months older than the child being adopted. No exceptions.
  • Dillon is authorized to work with families in AR, KS, MO, OK and TX.
  • With special permission from Korea, Dillon can work with families residing in AL, AZ, CA, CT, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NM, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, WA, WI or WY.
  • With special permission from Korea, Dillon can work with families in all 50 states if at least one spouse has Korean Heritage.
  • With special permission from Korea, Dillon can work with families in all 50 states who desire to adopt through the Waiting Child Program.
  • Applicants with recent history or currently taking medication to treat mental health issues (e.g., depression, anxiety) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must demonstrate symptoms are mild and well controlled
  • Applicants are required to be within the stated weight limits prior to accepting a child referral.
  • The country of Korea requires that applicants not be more than 30 percent overweight.
Psychological Evaluation
  • Required for each parent
  • Minimum annual income of $30,000
  • Both parents must travel and make two trips of 6-8 days each.

What does a typical Korea program adoption timeline look like?

Estimated timeframes are base don Dillon's current experience and can change during the process.

  • Application: 2-3 months
  • Home study: 2-3 months
  • Referral: 1-3 months
  • Child’s arrival: 7-10 months
  • Total timeframe: 12-19 months

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