Six Korean adoptees filed an appeal with the Anti-corruption and Civil Rights Commission last year to request a probe into irregularities in their adoption documents and possible illegal procedures at local adoption agencies.The article includes personal stories of falsified records and lies from adoption agencies -- the reason, says Jane Jeong Trenka, that only 2.7% of adoptees succeed in finding birth family. Wow, that's way too low. I thought it would be better than that in Korea.
Now, they’re involved in a full-fledged battle to reform adoption laws and procedures, and they’re getting help from some heavyweights.
Adoptee rights and community groups as well as unwed mothers, the public interest law firm Gong-Gam and Democratic Party Representative Choi Young-hee have joined forces with the adoptees in an effort to convince lawmakers to revise the Special Law Relating to the Promotion and Procedure of Adoption.
The National Assembly has now taken up the issue and is exploring changes through a series of hearings.
The latest hearing took place yesterday.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A generation fights to reform adoption laws
An informative article in the Korean newspaper JoongAng Daily (English edition) about Korean adoptees' attempts to affect the adoption laws of Korea: