Breaking News: Land of Gazillion Adoptees has learned through reliable sources that adoptees have recently been turned away by major adoption agencies in South Korea. According to a friend of LGA, an adoptee requested a document (which is required to obtain a F-4 visa) from one of the adoption agencies. The adoptee was told to either wait a week as the placement of a child was more important or make a request directly to Korean Adoption Services (KAS), formally KCARE. Additionally, according to another friend of LGA, actions similar to the above are not isolated cases.
We have opted not to name the agencies or the individuals who informed us of these recent events. Naming is unimportant. What is important, however, is to point out that time and time again, Korean adoption agencies have demonstrated that the process of moving Korean children from their country of origin to “receiving countries,” i.e., the movement of money exchanged between a seller and a buyer for a product, is their number one priority. Everything, including the needs of single parents in South Korea who wish to raise their children and Korean adoptees seeking post adoption services from their Korean agencies, is secondary. In fact, judging by the huge news about the 23,000 statistic, the Korean agencies are also not terribly concerned about finalizing a process that impacts the lives of many, especially that of children placed into homes in the US.
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