Domestic Korean Adoption FREE

Unfortunately I don’t have a source to cite other than the Korean Adoptees Listserv. Thanks K@W for pointing out this article. It’s interesting that not only are Korean families allowed to adopte Korean orphans for free, but they are now being paid a monthly stipend to do so.

May 9, 2007
JoongAng Daily, Seoul

“Adoption attitudes, law changing”

New laws that took effect this year designed to encourage Koreans to
adopt more children while discouraging foreigners from doing so are
having the desired effect, leaders of an adoption civic group said
yesterday.
But there are still thousands of children languishing in orphanages
because either there aren¡¯t enough families willing to take them or
they cannot be adopted because their parents didn¡¯t sign the proper
papers, the group said.
¡°This has been a burden in my heart for 10 years. How can I help
those children?¡± said Stephen Morrison, an ethnic Korean who was
adopted by an American family.
Under the new laws, a Korean can adopt a child for free. Foreigners
must pay between 15 and 20 million won.
Also, the government will give Koreans a stipend of 100,000 won per
child per month for each child adopted, and 550,000 won for each
special needs child. Singles are also now allowed to adopt a child.
The goal, Han Yeon-hee, of the group Mission to Promote Adoption in
Korea, told reporters at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club
yesterday, ¡°is not to stop overseas adoptions, but to raise our
children in a place where the race, culture and language are the
same.¡±
There are currently about 19,000 children in orphanages throughout
Korea, Han said.
Of those, about 70 to 80 percent are still not eligible to be
adopted. For that to happen, both parents have to sign the paperwork
to release them. That can get complicated when the parents are
divorced or when the mother is single, Han said.
When a parent puts his or her child in an orphanage, they don¡¯t come
back 90 percent of the time, Morrison said.
The civic group wants Korea to change its rules to make it easier to
adopt such children.
¡°I remember meeting a girl who was 20 years old and living in an
orphanage,¡± Morrison said. ¡°Every year of her life, she said,
¡®Perhaps my parents will come and adopt me this year.¡¯¡±
The trend, however, is that fewer Korean parents are giving up their
children, Morrison said, noting that orphanages are not even at
capacity.
He speculated that more single moms are willing to raise their
children and that Koreans have become more educated and tolerant
about the issue.
Last year, he said, Korean citizens adopted 41 percent of 3,231
children adopted, Morrison said, a percentage that is constantly
growing.
Traditionally, Koreans have been resistant to adoption, at least in
part due to the Confucian emphasis on family bloodlines.

By Brian Breuhaus Deputy Editor [bbreuhaus@joongang.co.kr]

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