"Overseas adoption was a foreign subject to me when ASK asked me to speak at their symposium (May 2009 "Alternatives to Adoption: Building a Movement for Change"). However, when I heard of the various problems relating to overseas adoption and the causes as well as the need for solution, I came to realize that the issue was much alike that of anti-sexual violence."
In fact the entire ENGLISH report of the May 2009 Symposium by ASK (Adoptees Solidarity Korea) will be posted soon by the Korean War Baby for "inquiring minds" that TAKE THE
I remind you of these
EACH DAY- According to Government figures 1,000
270 USD) to over 1,000,000 won (899 USD) in Clinics and up to 2 million won (1,798 USD) in major hospitals. AND that is NOT exactly good since the level of medical care in China is WAY below Republic of Korea, sorry my Chinese friend but keeping it real.
Seven (7) were kept by the mothers (32%);
3.4 babies & children were sent Overseas/ICA;
3.6 babies were DOMESTIC adoptions (meaning through thru the Four Adoption Agencies approved by government).
THIS account for 14 babies
What happened to the other 7 babies under a year old? They are not accounted for...Korean couples have FIRST choice up to FIVE months before a baby can be considered for adoption OVERSEAS or InterCountry Adoptions.
Why, if I speak like a fool (many times I DO), "THESE ARE PRIME PRODUCTS!! Highly prized by Prospective Adopters (phrase used by those Anti-Adoption Associates), the YOUNGER the BETTER, RIGHT?"
Lord forbid that I get EMOTIONAL...BUT
Where did these SEVEN BABIES GO?
Many have heard of the Dutch government official who adopted a Korean girl, then after two Natural SONS were born the couple abandoned the child in Hong Kong. No? well go here or here TIME magazine. This was a CIVIL court adoption where a Jeong Mae or Matchmaker usually for marriage also KNOWS
These are the daily number of 7 babies that the Korean War Baby believes were adopted through CIVIL Court Adoption by Korean families who can now make them as Natural children...SECRETLY and on the family Hojuk (Family Registry) were allowed by LAW to put them as NATURAL BORN. Recently, the Hojuk system has been changed again to allow INDIVIDUAL Registration, but in the FAMILY RECORDS the Adoption is KEPT TOTALLY well almost totally secret. It is Known by most of the older family members of the extended relatives.
In both Domestic (3.6 babies per day and the 7 babies per day in CIVIL Adoptions the SECRECY is 97%, they are NOT told they were adopted. THIS IS WRONG on many levels.
In light of these facts the notion that by merely stopping the 1,250 children sent in 2008 to Overseas adoption, which are composed of Special Needs, older children, and Left-Overs from Civil and Domestic adoptions, DOES NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEMS at all.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE CHILDREN?