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.
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.