Congress May Pass Legislation to Start Adoption of North Korean Orphans
South Korea has made its position clear-end all intercountry adoptions by 2012. Whether or not it’s a reasonable goal, it appears that the U.S. has its own plans to petition for a new cohort of Korean adoptions.
According to the Korea Herald and Chosun Ilbo, Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-California) filed a bill that asks the U.S. to “establish pilot programs that identify and provide for the immediate care of, and assist in the international adoption of, orphaned North Korean children.”
It’s unclear just how many North Korean orphans there are, and how large of a “pilot program,” Rep. Royce and Senator Brownback are looking to establish.
Since Korean adoptions first began, North Korea has openly criticized South Korea for becoming a “Baby Export Nation,” sending what has become close to 150,000 Koreans overseas. It will be interesting to see how North and South Korea will respond to this bill.
|Congressman introduces bill for int’l adoption of N. K. orphans|
|A U.S. congressman introduced a bill Friday calling on his government to help American citizens adopt stateless and orphaned North Korean children adrift in other countries, according to Yonhap News.Rep. Edward Royce (R-California) filed the bill, urging the U.S. government to “establish pilot programs that identify and provide for the immediate care of, and assist in the international adoption of, orphaned North Korean children living within South Korea” and surrounding countries, according to Young Kim, an aide to Royce.
Most North Korean refugees, fleeing poverty in the reclusive communist state, head to South Korea via neighboring China.
South Korea has received about 18,000 North Korean defectors since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War. The U.S. has taken in nearly 100 North Korean refugees since the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004.