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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
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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.

Written by girl4708

November 11, 2008 at 6:58 am

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Holt Korea Family Registry

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I just discovered Holt Korea’s website.

On it, is a family registry. I had ASSUMED that when I registered with Holt headquarters in Eugene for their passive registry, it would include being placed on any Holt affiliated registries.


Why in God’s name don’t they tell you about this stuff? Holt is soooo helpful with their Post Adoption SERVICES.

Anyway, I’m there now. You too can add yourself.

All the other KAD’s who found the registry can be seen on it here.

You can register yourself for it here.

Written by girl4708

November 5, 2008 at 7:04 pm

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Are You My Mother?

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Something changes when you grow up:  you start forming your own opinions.  And those opinions change as you become more exposed to the world and experience a life beyond the one your parents presented to you.

Many of us adoptees had parents who were unsympathetic to the plight of our birth mothers.  While they may not have denigrated the person who gave birth to us, many chose to elevate their own image in our eyes by placing our mother’s image in frame of poor life choices, a frame of western christian moralistic black and white values.  So our mothers were either dead or selfish strumpets with poor coping skills.  What they failed to tell us about were the lack of options available in Korea, and as further investigation reveals, many of these women were targeted and coerced by Holt to relinquish their children in the name of saving souls and to feed a market which they had created.  A market which not only exploited the vulnerability of women in temporary distress, but which also took lost children, not even bothering to look for their parents, and called them orphans.  A market which falsified the ages and identities of hundreds of thousands of children to make them more adoptable.  The adoption agenices created missing and exploited children, selling them abroad as orphans – even though they had families that loved them.

So now we are all grown up.  Some of us have lived through temporary distress.  Some of us have experienced the vulnerability of our pregnancies.  Some of us have felt the sting of making bad choices based on a lack of options.  How can we vilify these women now?  How can we have anything but sympathy for the pain they must have felt, the pain they still feel?

It took forty years to cast aside my callous armor and see my mother as a person in her own right, and not just as the bad person who rejected me.  I must search for her before it is too late.  And tell her:

I see you

Below are some registries to aid in the search.

Find Parents

(i had some trouble with their form and navigation – I emailed them and asked them to register me)


All in Korean so impossible for me to maneuver – but I think a lot of Korean parents in search come here. Jane Jeong Trenka has been translating some of these recently, as a public service.


Has a Korean Families Searching Database, and supposedly an adoptee registry.  But I’m not seeing how it works.

Holt Babies

All of the above bother me in their useability, so I created my own.  The thinking was it could be like Classmates.com, only Holt Adoptees.  It has a before/after photo component to it, and I’m asking everyone that if they put in any search information on themselves, that they put it through a machine translation so Korean parents can read it.  By making it fun for us adoptees (the then and now photo thing) and because people don’t necessarily have to be in search to participate, I’m hoping we will get a bigger population amassed than on the search registries.  By the time a large body is assembled, it will be easy to market this in Korea.  I figure the more exposure we get, the better, and one more registry can’t hurt our odds.

Human Find

Written by girl4708

October 5, 2008 at 10:23 am

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List of Korean Orphanages

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While the focus of the website linked below is to glorify the post war efforts to find homes for Korean orphans, it has gathered some interesting links which may be informative for adoptees in search.

This particular page lists most of the over 400 orphanages in post-war Korea. If you know the name of the orphanage you came from and it is listed, you can type in its name and it will bring up whatever information they have gathered on it.

While Holt had its main orphanage, many of the children brought there for international adoption were first in other orphanages, or Holt arranged for international adoption directly from the orphanages they were staying at. It was not until much later that they emphasized foster care. I will update this generalization with the actual figures and dates as I locate them again.

The List is here

I just wanted to add what an interesting, interesting website this is.  Even though the “Korean conflict” was a decade before my time, many of the orphanages were of course established at that time.  By typing in my city of origin, I was able to uncover the names of three orphanages in that area.

Hope you can make use of this information in your search.

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October 4, 2008 at 7:31 pm

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