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Alyssa Jeong Perry - The Guardian28 Oct 2016

Adam Crapser was adopted and brought to the U.S. from South Korea at four years old.  Now, at 41, he's forced to return to a country he barely knows.

Marcus Roberts - Mercatornet12 Aug 2016

This article by Marcus Roberts discusses how and why intercountry adoptions have dropped so dramatically in the recent years. 

SWSD27 Jun 2016

The Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016, under the theme “Promoting the Dignity and Worth of People,” will be held from June 27 (Monday) to June 30 (Thursday), 2016, at the COEX convention and exhibition center in Seoul, South Korea

Choong Rai Nho, Seokjin Woo, Hyunah Kang, JongSerl Chun and Ick-Joong Chung - Asian Social Work and Policy Review15 Jun 2016

Using unique 5-year longitudinal data on Korean children in group homes and those under institutional care, this paper compared the medium-term cost-effectiveness of group homes and that of institutional care facilities in terms of developmental outcomes. 

Sara Docan-Morgan, Adoption Quarterly 2016, Volume 19, No. 2, 99-1181 Jan 2016

This article examines the cultural differences Korean adoptees perceived when interacting with their birth families along with the impact of these perceived differences. The article points out that there has been little research on transnational adoptees, as most research focuses on domestic adoptees.  The researchers interviewed 19 adoptees and examined their perceived differences.  They found that differences had a wide variety of impacts on the participants’ sense of belonging. 

BBC News Magazine2 Oct 2015

This article from the BBC News describes the phenomenon of child abandonment in South Korea in light of a recent change in the law which requires all births to be registered, leading many women to give birth in secret and abandon their infants so as to avoid being identified as unmarried mothers, a serious taboo in South Korea.

Elise Hu - NPR11 May 2015

This article sheds light on a growing movement in South Korea to accept and embrace single mothers.

Bihar Prabha5 Mar 2015

This articles shares the stories of two adoptees in the US from South Korea who are part of a group called Adoptee Solidarity of Korea, which campaigns for an end to international adoption.

Stephen Evans, BBC News Asia6 Jan 2015

This article explores the cultural taboos surrounding adoption in South Korea and the attempts currently underway to ease the stigma associated with adoption.

Steve Evans, BBC News - Asia 6 Jan 2015

This video report from the BBC examines South Koreans’ perspectives on domestic adoption.