Holt adoption baby

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and you’ll hit one of the 200,000 Korea adoptees in search


here’s one site, y2korea, I ran across totally on accident today – from the year 2,000.


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Korean name: Hong, Jin Pyo Adopted name: James Elwood Milroy
Born: January 21, 1960 Seoul Abandoned: Holt Orphanage baby home Nok Bun Dong in Seoul January 27, 1960 (#1757)
Adopted: June,22 1960 US Arrival: November, 1, 1960
Adopted Parents: Thomas W. and Dorothy Milroy Adoption City: White Bear Lake, Minnesota



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Korean name: Kim, San-nyu Adopted name: Cheryl Scimeca
Born: September 20, 1960 Abandoned: Abandoned in Yongsan (October 4, 1960) then moved to Holt Orphanage baby home Nok Bun Dong in Seoul (October 8, 1960) (#2195)
Adopted: December 14, 1960 US Arrival: March 25, 1961
Adopted Parents: John and Barbara Scimeca Adoption City: Chicago, Illinois



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Korean name: Bertha Yoon (given at orphanage) Adopted name: Ruby Lee Smith
Born: November 21, 1960 Seoul Abandoned: Holt Orphanage baby home Nok Bun Dong in Seoul on Jan. 21, 1961 (#2435)

Adopted: April 14, 1961 US Arrival: July 11, 1961
Adopted Parents: Howard and Rosalee Lund Adoption City: Canton, Illinois



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Korean name: Whang, Keum-yu Adopted name: Brenda Kim Paul
Born: August 21, 1962 Abandoned: I Isabella Orphanage in Pusan – transferred to Holt on August 14, 1963 (#3935).
Adopted: May 23, 1966 US Arrival: August 8, 1964
Adopted Parents: Robert E. & Betty K. Paul Adoption City: Federal Way, Washington



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Korean name: Kim Jai Ran Adopted name: Kendra Blevins
Born: November 25, 1968, Seoul Abandoned: Tae Ku City Hall around 11 pm on 2/2/1970. White Lily Orphanage was 2/5/1970 Placed at Il San orphanage on 2/5/1970 (#7139)
Adopted: US Arrival: July 22, 1971
Adopted Parents: Richard and Karla Blevins Adoption City: Prior Lake, Minnesota



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Korean name: Shin, Ok Soon Adopted name: Kim Cox
Born: April 11, 1969, Choong Chung Bak Do (province) Je Chun Kun (county) Abandoned: April 13, 1970, #247 Sung Nom Dong Choong Ju City Choong Buk. Taken to the Ki Shin Orphanage from the Je Chun Kun Social Section. On April 21, 1970 referred to Holt.#7435)
Adopted: US Arrival: October 21, 1970
Adopted Parents: Fred and Elayne Cox Adoption City: Edina, Minnesota



Mr. Lee, Myung Woo, Director of the Afterservice Counseling Department at Holt Children’s Services, CPO 3526, Seoul, Korea
The number is 011-82-2-322-8l04 from the USA and 02-322-8104 in Korea. e-mail to: HoltKorea@hotmail.com

CONTACT US! jemilroy@yahoo.com

The stone this time was looking up the word Ho Juk…

here are some more (sigh)


Posted by: Christine (Hazel Wang) Boone Henney Date: January 09, 2001 at 11:47:32
of 705

My name is Christine Estelle Boone (Henney: married). I was adopted December 26, 1958 from Isabella Orphanage in Pusan, Korea. I was given a name of Hazel Wang (founder of Isabella orphanage) and a birth date of February 5, 1957. My papers that came with me have at the top, “Ho Juk Deung Bon (family registration)” on them. All of my adoption paperwork is through Seoul, Korea with the assistance of Holt Organization of World Vision. Please review the home page that I made with any paper work that came over with me at the time of my adoption. http://community-2.webtv.net/Chenney/ChristineEstelle/ This paperwork includes my registration papers, passport(visa), immunization records and pictures of me then and present. I was adopted to Howard City, Michigan, USA by Frank G. and Martha Ruth Boone. At the time of my adoption I was very ill, with pneumonia, during the flight and the nurse (Lois Cooper) had to stay several days in Oregon until I recuperated. Then we finished the flight to Michigan. I do believe that I left Korea sometime between Dec 26th and 29th of 1958. I am writing this letter in hopes to find any information or guidance in how I can find my biological parents. Please reply by e-mail with any assistance. Chenney@webtv.net
Again my home page is:

from http://genforum.genealogy.com/korea/messages/240.html

Hi there:

I am trying to help a dear friend find her brother and birth parents. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Steve Podhouser

Born in Korea
05-11-71 D.O.B.

She grew up in her early childhood years at 1216 Woodburn Ct. Columbus, GA

Her brother is five years older and was also adopted.

Adopted Parent’s Names: Donald Roger Malloy and Patricia Ann Malloy

Natural Mother’s Name: Miss Pok Yon Kim
Kid No.: 341201-2227210
No Case No. but only Kid No. above
Address: San: 39, Suhyang-ri, Songhwan-up, Chonwon-kun, Chungnam-do, Korea

Permanent Address: #855, Mijon-ri, Samrangjin-up, Milyang-kun, Kyongnam-do.


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November 11, 2008 at 6:58 am

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  1. Hello,
    My name is Roxanne Ki-Ai White, my Korean name is Ki-Ai Lim. I am looking for any family member that might be a live. I do know that the orphanage still exist since the Holt Organization contacted me and gave me the wonderful news. They were so kind in sending a picture of the orphanage where I lived out my first six years of life before departing to America to be with my new family.
    I have been searching for many years now and still no news about my where abouts. Here is some important information that came with me when I was adopted.

    Surname(s): DURDEN : LIM : WHITE
    Query Text: I’m looking for my birth parents or any sibling(s) who is alive or any living birth relatives.

    My Korean name is Ki Ai Lim, born April 1, 1957 in Seoul, Korea.

    My adopted name is Roxanne Ki-Ai Durden. I am now married and it would read as Roxanne Ki-Ai White.

    I enter the orphanage in May 26,1957; was left on the door steps of Green Meadow Baby Home aka Nok Won Baby Home. Address is #88-34 Dae-jo Dong, Sudaimoon Ku, Seoul Address at the time of adoption when applying for a travel certification visa, present address is: 104 Sang_Kak_Dong Choong Seoul, Korea Certification of Orphanhood: Stated: This is to certify that the following described child is a legal orphan abandoned by its parents. Name: Lim, Ki Ai Date: April 1, 1957 Address: 196 2nd , Ulji-Ro, Choong-Ku, Seoul, Korea Dated: July 24, 1962 Certification of Legal Guardianship: Name: Lim, Ki Ai Date of Birth: April 1, 1957 196 2nd , Ulji-Ro, Choong-Ku, Seoul, Korea This is to certify that the above described child’s legal guardian is the following described person according to the Korean Regulation 1-2 #51 of 1900 Name: Name Kun Chil Paik Domiciles: 215 Don-Am Dong, Sung-Book-Ku,Seoul,Korea Address:13-113 Jun Nung Dong, Dong-Dai Moon Ku, Seoul, Korea Sponsoring Organization: World Vision, Inc. Name of Superintendent: Huh Nan Kyung Escort for the airplane: orginal escort,Kook Kyung Lim MD Medical: Medical Examination of Visa Application @ Severance Hospital Date: Feb. 13, 1963 Doctor signature: Lyman L Hale Certification of Health: Ralph Ten Have MD My escort on the plane was a stewardess. Five children on the flight
    My adopted parents are David Orville Durden and Florene Audry Durden. My adoption was finalized in Prescott AZ.

    Roxanne White

    March 29, 2010 at 8:40 pm

  2. Dear Roxanne,

    Holt ALWAYS sounds nice when they talk to you. Holt sounded nice to me the entire time they were lying to me and telling me they’d sent me everything they had.

    Have you been to Korea? A lot of information you have may turn up to be untrue once you visit. You should visit the orphanage in person and look at the orphanage’s records. There are often major discrepancies between the orphanage’s records and what Holt kept. There are often fabrications to a child’s social history once it is recorded by Holt. There is also the translation problem for many of Holt’s documents. The English translation is often poor and valuable information is changed/lost in translation.

    Of particular interest to me is that supposedly you spent six years in the orphanage. That is a really atypical amount of time, unless you were hard to place for some medical or other reason. Children under three were earmarked for international adoption and kept only for a brief period — so brief they often weren’t even logged into the orphanage’s records. Children who stayed a long time typically were placed by their parents temporarily, due to some family or financial problems, and it was never the family’s intent to send them away for international adoption, but were sometimes coerced into it…or more.

    The rest of the documentation you referred to is not relevant to finding your family. Address, guardian, etc. are all post entering the international adoption system of changing your identity.

    Few adoptees (less than 3%) our age find their families due to the bad records and wild-west lawless ways in which our stories were often invented to make us more adoptable. The younger adoptees (I think it’s over 12% – but I’m not fact-checking this second)are more successful due to better record-keeping and adoption agency cooperation. (I believe this is because there is less to be embarrassed about – Holt Korea tends to be evasive about early records – there aren’t many, and the ones they have are a mess, which makes them look bad) In both cases, however, the real information is usually at the point of entry: either the orphanage, police station, or hospital.

    For anyone out there having a problem with their records retrieval, I would encourage you to contact KCARE, as we are helping adoptees help KCARE discover just how messed up our files really are. One adoptee friend of mine received 11 documents after TWO YEARS of asking Holt, each time Holt telling her they’d sent her everything they had.

    And, if you can stomach media exploitation, going on t.v. through GOAL’s program in conjunction with KBS and EBS is another way for families to find their long lost children – sometimes a face and a baby picture is all it takes, since our names were changed and they don’t even know where we were sent to.

    Time and time again, I hear stories of adoptees who have reunited with their families, and the first person accounts from their parents don’t match what was recorded by the adoption agencies.

    Good luck to you as you begin (yes, it’s just beginning) your search!


    April 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

  3. So I was typing in my Korean name for shits and giggles, I do it every once in a while, low and behold I came across this. I didn’t figure it right away because I know our webpage to be Y2Korea at homestead blah, blah, blah. I am Kim Shin Ok-soon formerly known as Shin, Ok soon, Kim Cox or Kim Bauer. This website was just the beginning of a long journey for all of us. There were two successful reunions, not due to the site, and a lot of pain for those involved. There’s an incredible story to this journey of 8 people who met via the internet and the First International Gathering of Korean Adoptees in Washington, D.C. 1999. Crazy to find myself in someone else’s blog. That trip changed my life.

    Kim Ok-soon

    June 24, 2011 at 6:38 am

  4. I wish I had been at that first gathering…the accounts of it sound very amazing…I would have liked to have spoken with and talked with a gathering of my peers. The younger adoptees take so many of their services for granted, and seeing each other for granted: few of them have experienced quite the same isolation as us older ones have.

    I hope my post was not too shocking for you. When I first began documenting my experience it was my intention to help out every adoptee I could, and I thought your search efforts would appreciate more exposure, since it felt quite obscure when I located it. Anyway, if you’d like me to take it down I will. Even now I occasionally stumble across a Korean adoptee posting an appeal in their search efforts – in the strangest of places – places an aging Korean would never in a million years think to look for their long lost child.

    These days I help adoptees read their own files whenever possible. Adoptees helped me and I pay it forward whenever I can, however I can. And my fight for records access has continued on facebook with the group Korean Adoptees for Fair Records Access.


    June 24, 2011 at 7:10 am

  5. i am looking for a little girl that was adopted from sung ro won babies home around the early 1970’s when mr. kim was director of the babies home, new adopted name was kimberly marvin and she went to live in colorado. mr kims daughter really loved the little girl and would like to get in contact with her. i can giver her a phone number for ms. kim or ms. kim will call her if she would like.


    April 13, 2012 at 5:03 am

  6. You actually have a lot of information….approximate current age, her maiden adopted name, (which MIGHT be her current name) and the part of the country she went to.

    You can search for Marvins in Colorado, and someone related to her will show up. You just have to deduct a range of ages her father might be, and how old she probably is right now. When you click on each name, it usually lists family members, and she might show up there. It’s tedious work, but it pays off. I found information about girl #4709 by doing people searches on-line. Just google “people search.” I found her son’s name that way., but was too chicken to contact him. A friend did it for me – she was a genealogy buff and had no qualms about contacting people inquiring about family relationships.

    You can also find adoption “search angels” who are also like genealogy buffs. They too have acquired some skills at looking up people on on-line people searches, and contacting people. Or, you can hire a privae investigator. Bruce Kang is a Korean-American who is often employed by Koreans searching for loved ones in America. He works no find/no fee.

    But you should try to do some detective work yourself. Also, your situation is not emotionally sensitive and would probably be welcome with open arms.

    In the near future, a friend of mine has an amazing search registry almost completed that will assist anyone looking for anyone Korean, and it is in both English and Korean.

    Good luck!!!


    April 13, 2012 at 5:28 am

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