Domestic vs. Overseas Korean Adoption « TRACK
|Year ||1999 ||2000 ||2001 ||2002 ||2003 ||2004 ||2005 ||2006 ||2007 ||2008 |
|Dom. ||1726 ||1686 ||1770 ||1694 ||1564 ||1641 ||1461 ||1332 ||1388 ||1306 |
|ICA ||2409 ||2360 ||2436 ||2365 ||2287 ||2258 ||2101 ||1899 ||1264 ||1250 |
“Despite a lot of positive publicity, domestic adoption is actually going DOWN, very steadily, in South Korea. The government should use its funds to support single moms in raising their children whom they love, and who have a home already — not promote domestic adoption. Check out the statistics at”
(Underlining by the KWB)
Korean War Baby comments:
The Korean War Baby Concurs-Domestic Adoptions continue to drop in overall numbers. He also agrees that the Korean Government MUST INCREASE support for single unwed Mothers who want to KEEP their babies.
FURTHERMORE, Government should also continue to Promote Domestic Adoptions.
THEN promote Ethnic Koreans of the Diaspora world wide to adopt (ICA).
Finally, allow Others to adopt, meaning “Rich White Folks” (I am just kidding most are really middle class under even Pres. Obama’s 250,000 income level for RICH). Or Westerners period say Europeans.
Domestic Adoptions, according to Steven Morrison of Mission to Promote Adoption by Koreans (MPAK), tells me about 80% are still done Secretly and the child is never told that he/she was adopted. He acknowledges that this is unfortunate but the way most Koreans prefer to do it. Even in Korean families in the USA, many go to elaborate means to ‘hide and pretend’ that the new baby is theirs. This is because of the society’s feeling of shame concerning adoption. It sound wrong to westerners but understandable in Korean society. It is slowly, slowly changing.
But many adoptees are discovering “What the hell? I am adopted?! Igooo Cham!” They will suffer the shock of finding out, overhearing relatives, being teased that they don’t really LOOK like their siblings or parents, a sense of knowing something is wrong, or even through blood tests.
Late Discovery Adoptee has many stories of those who found out at various ages that they had been adopted.
Post Adoption Research Center in New South Wales, Australia, also provide resources