South Korea Debates International Adoption

From Voice of America.

Han Yeon-hee, her husband and their seven children climb into the family’s minivan. 

Their children range in age from seven to 28. But only one is the couple’s biological child.

Han says she adopted six children because she did not want to see any child grow up without a family.
says even before she was married, she not only wanted to have her own
child but to adopt one also. She never thought she would end up
adopting so many.

Aside from its size, Han’s family is unique because most Koreans do not consider adopting.

And this gives me hope: "Last year, for the first time since international
adoption began in South Korea, more children were taken in by Korean
families than sent overseas."

Read the article here.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

One thought

  1. It is a hopeful sign. But it seems that adoption in general still has a long way to go.
    The very important issue of race aside, the issues I hear coming from adoptees that do not face the loss of culture and race sound very familiar.
    I see this in my own birth-sister, adopted and raised by another family. I catch a hint of it in myself from own experience being taken from my mother and living in foster homes.
    The more I see and read, the more I believe that the best place to put our efforts is in trying to keep families together in the first place.

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