Daily Archives: July 1, 2011

Korea passes new adoption law…

Korea passes law to change adoption policy
Congrats to all who worked so hard to get this passed:
The bill to amend the country’s Special Act Relating to the Promotion and Procedure of Adoption, which was sponsored by Democratic Party Representative Choi Young-hee, passed Wednesday with 188 yeas, no nays and four abstentions.The bill was drafted by a coalition of adoptees, single mothers and public interest groups, including Koroot, Dandelions, Adoptee Solidarity Korea, Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea, Gong-gam Public Interest Lawyers Group and the Unwed Mothers & Families Association.
 What these hard-working advocates did:
The new law will also expand rights for single mothers and adoptees. Under the law, adoptees will gain greater access to birth records and women will have a seven-day period to deliberate on whether to keep or relinquish their child. Korea currently has no such limitation.The law also strengthens oversight of adoption procedures; makes birth registration mandatory, to guard against secret adoptions; and brings Korea into line with international standards for the care of children.
Thumbs down to those who opposed the law:
Opposition to the bill came from adoption agencies and prospective adoptive parents, who were concerned the law would discourage adoption.
It restores my faith…

Posted by on July 1, 2011 in Adoption, Ethics


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