ACRC (go to their website here) started in Feb. 2008. This is from their ‘about us’:
This homepage is an open channel to communicate with citizens. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to visit our website. We will pay keen attention to all sorts of your opinions and demands whether it is big or small.
The ACRC pledges to make strenuous efforts to create a clean and transparent country where all the people enjoy equal rights and opportunities. In this journey, we will always stand by your side and think and act from your perspective.
Lee, Jae Oh
Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission
Republic of Korea”
By Kim Sue-young
The government is moving to offer more support to single mothers as part of efforts to encourage them to keep their own babies, the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) said Thursday.
The body also plans to help adoptees find their biological parents by improving systems and documentation, a spokesman said.
"Once the recommendations are accepted, more single mothers can keep their children through subsidies," he said.
The commission advised related ministries, including the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs (MOHWFA) and the Ministry of Justice (Min. of Justice, Republic of Korea), to offer subsidies so that single parents can find a place to raise their babies.
The revisions are subject to the approval of the National Assembly.”
Unwed Mothers MUST have support from the Government to enable them to choose to keep their baby. The government must first give financial and legal support THEN perhaps the Families and Society will follow in supporting Single Women to keep their babies.
At present few women are able to face such massive odds against them. They are pressured by their own family to protect the honor of the families name because it is still considered shameful. In a perfect world, there would be no need to help Unwed mothers- couples would Not engage in premarital sex without prevention, there would be No need for Abortion, etc. This is obviously not a perfect world. We must deal with realities of life.
The KWB defends continued Domestic Adoption by ethnic Koreans here and InterCountry Adoptions abroad; then Other nationalities. Love does not depend only on race or ethnicity. Thousands of Korean Adoptees have found loving homes in Transracial families.
Some though have had very troubling lives, dealing with issues of prejudice in societies that they grew up in. We were identified as ‘foreigners’, some had difficulty in attachment to their Adoptive families, etc. The stories of “This Thing of Ours-Adoption” range from wonderful and happy, all the way to tragic and horrible tales of woe. This is life but some things should and can be changed to prevent abuses and outrages.
Balance in these issues is difficult but not impossible. Things are changing in Korea, slowly but each child born should have a chance to stay with its mother…then, the next best thing, Adoption by ethnic Koreans, Korean Adoptees and their spouses, then Others who need and want to give a child a loving home.
The KWB will look at the Spectrum of Life scenarios that face a developing fetus in Korea, from ‘Death from Abortion’ all the way to ‘Life in a TransRacial family’. Each has its points, perspectives, opinions. Weigh in with your comments and opinions.