Yonhap News: Korean adoptees from abroad and birth mothers protest overseas adoption
By Kim Young-gyo
SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) – Roh Myung-ja has gotten together with her son every year since 2004, when she was reunited with him after giving him up for adoption about 30 years ago. She is one of thousands of Korean women whose children were adopted overseas.
The 49-year-old Roh believes what she has experienced in the years before her son returned to her should not happen to anyone. Now, she works as a staff member of Mindeulae, (Dandelions), a civic group of South Korean parents whose children were adopted overseas and who oppose the nation’s adoption system, which sends thousands of orphaned and abandoned children abroad.
"We hope that no other mothers have to go through the pain and suffering that we went through. Overseas adoption leaves deep-rooted scars both on the birth mothers and the children," Roh said in an interview with Yonhap News Agency on Saturday.
When you give up a child for adoption it is because you and your family cannot provide the love and financial stability that a child needs. Adoption is permanent. You cannot expect to get that child back later in life when you are ready. My husband says his mom and dad are the people who raised him and took care of his every need. He has no desire to find his birth parents. You should be happy that your child was placed with a loving family. People who adopt are special because they have to go through many obstacles in order to become parents. If you don’t believe in adoption maybe you should have practiced abstinence or safe sex before you laid down next to someone and brought a child into the world that you couldn’t take care of. The children are the innocent victims. A loving adoptive family is the best solution for them.