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Concluding Observations from CRPD are out

The United Nations has issued  its concluding observations on the Republic of Korea regarding its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD states in Article 23 (Respect for home and the family) that: 3. States Parties shall ensure that children with disabilities have equal rights with respect to family […]

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TRACK’s submission to the CRPD

Children with disabilities have rights, too! The Republic of Korea (South Korea) ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Dec. 11, 2008 “….. with a reservation on the provision regarding life insurance in the paragraph (e) of the Article 25.” In other words, Korea agrees to do everything else in the text […]

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Adoption Manual

This link is for a pdf of the adoption manual created by the Ministry of Health and Welfare as a response to the 2012 enforcement to the Special Adoption Law. This is a book of policy, not law. If you are a central authority or adoption agency working with South Korea to facilitate adoptions and cannot understand […]

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All 3 agencies doing ICA from Korea have violated the law since 2012

Since August 2012 (when the Special Adoption Law was enforced), all three adoption agencies currently doing ICA from Korea have violated the Special Adoption Law. We already knew about Holt, thanks to Hyun-su. Now, about the others:   – report from the Korea Daily Domestic Adoption First Regulation Breached by Social Welfare Agencies Along with Holt, […]

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Number of children “languishing” in “Korean orphanages”

As of 2012 Dec. 31, there were 15,916 children living in facilities in Korea. There are various kinds of facilities. The ones pertinent to this population are the following: child-rearing facility, protection and medical care facility, facility to support independence, temporary care facility (may be pre-adoption), multi-purpose facility. The age breakdown of the total 15,916: […]

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Overview of South Korean Adoption and Child Welfare

  Overview of South Korean Adoption and Child Welfare[1] In South Korea, both domestic and international adoptions are going down.[2] Why? The number of domestic prospective adoptive parents dropped 39% in 2013 from 2012.[3] Explanations for this could be: SAL[4] strengthened domestic screening for adoptive parents: People with criminal histories may no longer adopt. Also, […]

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Updated court dates for Brian O’Callaghan

Here is the most up-to-date information on the trial of Brian Patrick O’Callaghan, charged with the first degree murder and first degree child abuse of his adopted son Hyunsu, about 4 months after Hyunsu’s arrival in the U.S. The trial has been delayed until December 1. Previously, it had been slated for September 8. What […]

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