Does "EVERY" new family includes the thousands of Disabled (37,246 Special Needs children of whom 97% are rejected by Korean people). What of the thousands of Mixed-Blood children in the first generation of adoptees until 1973 when abortion "fixed that problem" (Please read into this bitter sarcasm). Oh, and the Abandoned with no identity papers (29,950). All these figures come from the Min. of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs.These numbers add up to about 40% of the 200,000 Overseas or InterCountry Adoptions from Korea.
NO, my friends this is a misleading statement. Please, Tammy Chu correct this with some qualifiers, Let's keep it REAL, not hyped. I endorse the movie as a tragic example, but NOT representing ALL, or EVERY new family. This is over the top, sounds like a great sound bit...but is it completely true? I don't think anyone can say that.
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I often state is thusly: "Every adoption represents a family that has failed to find the resources they needed to remain together." Abandoning a child is an act of desperation created by lack of options and support.
YES, M. I almost wholeheartedly agree with you on this. "an act of desperation" and thus I do not hold anger towards mothers and fathers, Couples as well as Unwed mothers who did this. BUT I disagree on the "EVERY" term. "resources they needed to remain together" just doesn't have a "ONE SIZE FITS ALL" because there are many situations IN KOREA where this does not hold true. Again, "every" is very powerful word.WHAT IS IMPORTANT to understand that ECONOMIC reasons HAVE NOT BEEN the most recent cause of mothers relinquishing children for adoption. Rather it is the Society's pressures and prejudices against single Unwed mothers raising children and perhaps those who, though did not want to abort, do NOT wish to take on motherhood. The number of unwed mothers keeping their babies is rising from just 2005 at 31.7% to 2008 at 37%. Ten years ago the percentage was 5% only.
What is "a family," does this mean a woman who does NOT want to raise the child has NO RIGHT to Relinquish? What about the 63% of Unwed Mothers in 2008 who DID CHOOSE to give up their babies for adoption in-country and
Doctors performing few abortions!!
Every, yes, Every day of the year OB/GYN doctors claim 4,000
There is NO law in Korea concerning making the biological sperm donor/sex partner be responsible. NONE. I support FAMILY PRESERVATION and would go so far to have them FIXED with a “emergency Vasectomy” unless the young man gets married.
The ironic thing is that because the government policies were so successful, Korean men in the countryside have turned to mail-order brides from overseas from several countries, and over 167,000 marriages have happened in the last 12 years. Though about 10-15% end in divorce and other issues of abuse, rejection by In-laws etc. The majority are working things out and over 100,000 MIXED-BLOOD children have been born. Korea, gasp, is no longer a homogeneous people. (The Korean War Baby just has to giggle because Hon Hyul Ahs (mixed-bloods) ARE BACK!!! Korean... time to step up to the Globalization you all wanted.lucky-or-not
Characteristics of International Adoptees, 1953-2007