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:
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.

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.
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.


Anonymous said...

It is so hard when the papertrail is full of lies and half-truths. I wish them all the best and hope they win their fight!

Sadly, I think the same thing will face many Chinese adoptees, especially with the demand creating the supply today--corruption forces lies and misrepresentation.


Elizabeth said...

I had no idea the percentage was that low for Korea. I always thought we would one day find my son's first parents if that was something he wanted to pursue. It seems that we have so much information--I didn't consider that our information may be false.