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Before Congress NOW – Bill to adopt North Korean Children

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They’re slipping this under the radar, and I almost missed it, but all us Korean adoptees should definitely be asking A LOT OF QUESTIONS about this bill:  like what does it do to PRESERVE FAMILIES that have been through A LOT.  TOGETHER.  It looks like a circle of vultures to me, who’ve found a back door into North Korea, and it won’t end there…

Here’s the bill below, with my added comments in bold:

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 25, 2010

Mr. ROYCE (for himself, Ms. WATSON, and Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To develop a strategy for assisting stateless children from North Korea, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `North Korean Refugee Adoption Act of 2010′.

SEC. 2. SENSE OF CONGRESS.

It is the sense of Congress that–

(1) thousands of North Korean children do not have families and are threatened with starvation and disease if they remain in North Korea or as stateless refugees in surrounding countries;

(2) thousands of United States citizens would welcome the opportunity to adopt North Korean orphans; and

(3) the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security should make every effort to facilitate the adoption of any eligible North Korean children.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

In this Act:

(1) FOREIGN-SENDING COUNTRY- The term `foreign-sending country’–

(A) means–

(i) the country of the orphan’s citizenship; or

(ii) if the orphan is not permanently residing in the country of citizenship, the country of the orphan’s habitual residence; and

(B) excludes any country to which the orphan–

(i) travels temporarily; or

(ii) travels as a prelude to, or in conjunction with, his or her adoption or immigration to the United States.

(2) HAGUE COUNTRY- The term `Hague countries’ means a country that is a signatory of the Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, done at The Hague on May 29, 1993.

(3) NON-HAGUE COUNTRY- The term `non-Hague country’ means a country that is not a signatory of the Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, done at The Hague on May 29, 1993.

SEC. 4. STRATEGY ON ADOPTION OF NORTH KOREAN CHILDREN BY UNITED STATES CITIZENS.

(STRATEGY – barf )

(a) In General- The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall develop a comprehensive strategy for facilitating the adoption of North Korean children by United States citizens.

(b) Considerations- In developing the strategy under this section, the Secretary shall–

(1) consider the challenges that United States citizens would encounter in attempting to adopt children from North Korea who are currently living in Hague countries and non-Hague countries regardless of their legal status in such countries;

isn’t it irresponsible to promote adoption in non-Hague countries w/o proper oversight & child protections?

(2) propose solutions to deal with the situation in which a North Korean child does not have access to a competent authority in the foreign-sending country;

isn’t it up to each country on how to deal with non-residents?

(3) propose solutions to deal with North Korean children who are not considered habitual residents of the countries in which they are located;

this bill appears to promote international adoption as the ideal solution vs. the last resort

(4) evaluate alternative mechanisms for foreign-sending countries to prove that North Korean children are orphans when documentation, such as birth certificates, death certificates of birth parents, or orphanage documentation, is missing or destroyed;

“alternative mechanisms” looks like an opportunity for obfuscation of identity

(5) provide suggestions for working with South Korea to establish pilot programs that identify, provide for the immediate care of, and assist in the international adoption of, orphaned North Korean children living within South Korea;

what protections do S.Korean infants have from being labeled N. Koreans?

(6) provide suggestions for working with aid organizations in Southeast Asia to identify and establish pilot programs for the identification, immediate care, and eventual international adoption of orphaned children from North Korea;

this process has pressure towards one conclusion “eventual international adoption.”

(7) identify other countries in which large numbers of stateless, orphaned children are living who might be helped by international adoption; and

This looks like they want statelessness to become the backdoor to adopting within N. Korea and the agenda for all countries seems clear. Why stop with Korea – any children of any refugees in any country could be called adoptable by means of being stateless or without identity papers – gee, that might describe most refugees – never mind that they have parents and families.

(8) propose solutions for assisting orphaned children with Chinese fathers and North Korean mothers who are living in China and have no access to Chinese or North Korean resources.

This is specifically saying that people without resources don’t have children:  they have orphans – and that makes them available for adoption.   I wonder what Jesus would say about this…

(c) Reporting Requirement- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall submit to Congress a report that contains the details of the strategy developed under this section.

This adult Korean adoptee wants to know why there isn’t a bill to help refugees preserve their families. Haven’t these parents and children been through enough loss?

This bill is holey as Swiss Cheese and doesn’t say or do anything to protect the interests of these children’s true identites with their real families.  It exploits families in the most vulnerable of positions.  It’s NOT the answer.

Please visit Washington Watch’s page on this bill. sign up and add your comments.You can also express your interests for or against without signing up under the “What People Think” widget to the right on that same page.

And also, please write your congressman expressing your concerns.  You can get on-line contact info about YOUR representatives here. Us adoption reform adult adoptees don’t have the paid lobbyists and hugely imbalanced budget for influencing Washington like the adoption industry has, so it’s important individual citizens get heard as well.

Written by girl4708

April 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

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Dreaming a World

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Live here in Korea, meet the unwed mothers, and you learn quickly that the most backwards thing about this place is social services to women being ignored in favor of sending babies to other countries.

As long as adoption agencies offer this convenient way to hide family shame, why should society bother to change?  International adoption contributes to the perpetuation of the problem, instead of helping solve anything.  Their token responses to this criticism are not enough.

Read these women’s stories:  They’re not just statistics, but real living, loving, deserving, human beings.  Humans that deserve a chance.

Dreaming a World
From the publisher:

“Dreaming a World: Korean Birth Mothers Tell Their Stories is a wonderful new follow-up to I Wish for You a Beautiful Life.

A powerful follow-up to I Wish for You a Beautiful Life, this new book gives voice to seventeen Korean birth mothers, who tell their stories looking back from the present to the time they were pregnant and gave birth. They describe their situations then, the decisions they had to make, and their lives in the time since. What they have to tell us is both heart-breaking and compelling, from voices seldom heard.

Proceeds from this book support the work Ae Ran Won does together with and on behalf of the unmarried mothers who decide to keep their babies. These women receive very little support, financial or emotional. The many authors of this book hope you read it, understand more about their lives and the work that needs to be done for others like them, and give your own financial and emotional support to Ae Ran Won and the single mothers.”

Ae Ran Won’s website is http://www.aeranwon.com/

Available from Amazon.com here

In my own talks with the unwed moms, I asked them what message they had for the world, that perhaps wasn’t being communicated well.  They told me, “The world thinks we abandon our babies.  But we never wanted to abandon our babies.  Actually, society abandoned us.”

Written by girl4708

April 9, 2010 at 7:31 am

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