Korean War Baby:
“Many opinions on Katherine Heigl and her husband’s decision to adopt a child. Again, let us listen to every viewpoint, examine each case’s facts, reserve conclusions until fact checking and hearing from both “sides”. BALANCE…”
Thursday, September 24, 2009
While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the beautiful and apparently serious Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl announced that she and her husband Josh Kelley are in the process of adopting a Korean child.
Celebrity adoptions are not new. Here at the DB blog we’ve covered the adoption woes and victories of Madonna, Elton John and others.
What makes Heigl’s news unique is that her sister Meg Heigl is Korean. So the idea of adopting a child from Korea was something she “always knew” she would one day do.
Obviously, the adoption option was a positive experience in Heigl’s childhood. All the mysteries and concerns were resolved in her upbringing. In fact, early in her relationship the question she posed for her future husband was not “Do you want to have children?” Rather, she wanted to know if Kelley was open to adoption.
Some men aren’t. At first, Pat wasn’t. But he came around and is now an adoption advocate. Women often lead the way in the adoption world. It’s nice to see lots of men embracing the idea, too.
Posted by Patrick and Jeanie Scott at 10:06 AM
Korean War Baby reminds us that the Child from Korea is a 10 month old ‘Special Needs’ child. First Post here (KWB has learned to ‘hyperlink’, cool) gives more details and facts. Very few ‘Real 100% Koreans’ can or are willing to adopt and after six months she was available for Inter-Country Adoption.
Perhaps in say, ten years we could ask her, “Do you wish you had just been ABORTED? What do you think about losing all your Korean culture, language, family?”
Steven Morrison of Mission to Promote Adoption ‘by’ Korean (English here: MPAK) replied to the KWB on this story:
“To name the baby from her mother's and her adopted sister must mean that their sibling relationship and the whole family must have been very close.
People speak about 'exporting' babies and stopping intercountry adoption because it brings so much shame to Korea should look at the unfortunate reality. The fact of the matter is that most Koreans don't want special needs children but Americans do. It is a much more shameful thing to admit that only 12 of them are adopted domestically while 713 of them are adopted by foreigners - all because Koreans don't want them. Now what is more shameful than this?
And it doesn't stop with the special needs children, even healthy children are not all wanted in Korea, thus they have to find homes abroad. I have stated many times before in many adoption related events and gatherings and I state again. Stop the intercountry adoption ONLY when there is no more children available to be sent abroad.”
Steven Morrison is also a “Special Needs” adoptee. Founder of MPAK gives his personal story here.
The Korean War Baby sadly concurs with this inconvenient truth. The most ‘unwanted- mixed-racial, special needs, babies truly NOT wanted by their natural/birth mothers after careful counseling,’ those born when they could have been aborted.
Should they not be able to have a good home? For those who are unwanted and rejected by family, society, government, etc. the Korean War Baby feels ICA must continue…send your views on these matters. Every opinion has validity.