No end in sight
Cause for celebration last year was the reporting that Korea intended to eliminate international adoption in the next four years.
It has been four years since the first Adoption Day was launched in Korea promoting domestic adoptions, and last year was the first year that domestic adoptions exceeded international adoptions.
However, we have learned that our celebrations were premature. The domestic adoptions will continue to exceed international adoptions by a slim margin. However, the end to international adoption will remain only a topic of discussion because sources tell me that a back room quota system is in play, allowing an almost one for one advance. So, as long as domestic adoptions are promoted, for each domestic adoption (save the margin permitted to make it appear as if domestic adoptions outnumber international adoptions) an international adoption will be allowed to take place.
So actually, even the campaign for domestic adoption is being used as a vehicle to increase international adoption by politicians and multi-national corporation international adoption agencies.
It is not enough to ask Koreans to adopt their own. We need them to realize how these international adoption agencies do NOT have the best interest of ethnic Koreans in mind, which will be my next post…