South Korea

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Jeong Park - The Orange County Register12 Sep 2017

New research explores the traumatic experiences of children adopted from South Korean orphanages by American families following the end of the Korean War.

The Korea Herald18 Jul 2017

Since South Korea's adoption of a law banning adoption agencies from accepting undocumented babies, the number of infants abandoned in the country have increased.

You Soo-sun - The Korea Times13 Jul 2017

The recent death of a deported Korean adoptee ignites adoptee-led organizations to call on the Korean government to end the "industrialized international adoption" system in South Korea. 

Choong Rai Nho, Eun Hye Park, & Mary L. McCarthy - Children and Youth Services Review21 Jun 2017

This study examines successful transitions of children from out-of-home care to young adulthood in Korea to draw implications for child welfare practice and policies. 

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.

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