From Facebook Friend Marc Champod came this link:
Marc is one of the active members of Korean Adoptee’s groups that help to showcase and garner support for the Unwed Mothers who bravely are RAISING THEIR CHILDREN. Marc is a professional photographer who has covered many events for GOA'L, Adoptees Solidarity Korea, and Truth and Justice for Adoptees Commission in Korea.
Chang Ji-young once dreamed of becoming an unmarried mom voluntarily in protest against the unfair prejudice towards them here. However, two years ago, when the 34-year-old former business consultant became pregnant by her former boyfriend, she first considered getting married to him.
"Facing the reality was totally different from vaguely assuming it," said Chang, who is currently raising her daughter alone after her boyfriend didn't keep the marriage promise. Her parents and brother tried to persuade her to get an abortion or to give up the baby for adoption. But she resisted and her family turned their backs on her and the child.
The KWB has met Ji-Young several times, most recently when she spoke at the “60th Women’s Policy Forum” presented by the Korean Women’s Development Institute’s last forum on FEB. 24th of 2010, just days ago. Sponsored by the Korean Unwed Mothers Support Network (KUMSN) and attended by Dr. Richard S. Boas, MD and President. NYTimes-Effort to Defend Unwed Mothers and also notes the work that Jane Jeong Trenka, and the members of both ASK and TRACK have openly done to support them.
The KWB totally supports these efforts for these reasons. Korean women who have chosen NOT to Abort their babies MUST be given support because they
According to the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, about 6,000 to 10,000 babies are born out of wedlock every year in Korea. In the year 2007 there were 7,774 babies born to Unwed Mothers. Unwed mothers are struggling against Family, Society, and lack of Government support to keep their children and raise them. Yet, thousands are given up for Domestic, Civil, and ICA adoption.
PLEASE NOTE: ICA ONLY ACCOUNTED FOR 1,268 IN THE YEAR 2007, FIGURES FROM THE MAY 2009 report from the
Reviewing Issues on Unwed Mothers' Welfare in Korea
Sources : Ⓑ Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Family 2008. Total Number of Adopted Children
Sorry, got to shout here, Every baby Given up by it’s Korean Mother must be available ONLY for Korean Domestic adoption for FIVE (5) months BEFORE being considered for ICA!!! The Figures are THIS:
|2007||Babies born to Unwed Mothers|
|2,464||Kept by MOTHERs|
InCountry by 4 Adoption Agencies and InterCountry Adoptions
(after 5 months old)
|3014||Unidentified?? MAYBE SECRET CIVIL ADOPTIONS???|
Fearing financial and social struggles, 96 percent of unmarried pregnant women have abortions, and of those who choose to give birth, 70 percent give up their children for adoption, the state-run Korean Women's Development Institute reports.
The KWB notes that this has been updated by 2009 figures from KWDI that show 37% of Unwed mothers are keeping their children. This means only 63% are giving up for adoption, for CIVIL adoptions NOT covered in Government Stats, Domestic Adoptions, and THEN the ICA (InterCountry Adoptions).
In the United States, only 1 percent of unwed moms choose adoption, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. NYTimes
In 2007, 7,774 babies were born out of wedlock in South Korea, 1.6 percent of all births. (In the United States, nearly 40 percent of babies born in 2007 had unmarried mothers, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.) Nearly 96 percent of unwed pregnant women in South Korea choose abortion, according to the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs.
The KWB Does NOT feel anger or put blame on these women who DO have Abortion, They have the Right to Choose. They also have the right to Choose to GIVE UP FOR ADOPTION. YES? Contact KUMSN, Dr. Boas and see how you can help. Take time out and DO something, it will help you also understand WHAT YOUR KOREAN MOTHER FACED when she had to decide what to do with YOU.
When it comes to welfare services, Korea still lags far behind other developed countries. Childcare, in particular, is one of the biggest obstacles for working moms, regardless of their being married or not.
However, while married or divorced women receive support from their expanded family members for childcare and other family affairs, such support is absent for unwed moms, making them more vulnerable.
The Korean War Baby believes that we must support these brave Korean mothers, who actually number thousands. The founding members of KUMSN are only the tip of the iceberg at 50 some members. There is a move to becoming a Non-Government Organization (NGO) and if you are interested contact Dr. Richard BOAS at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE FACTCHECK THE KWB!!! If you disagree SHOW HIM YOUR FACTS, engage in dialog and discussion. We can/should/must work together for the good of every child in our homeland.