It was heartening to read TRACK's introduction and see so many of the things that we talk about here online pulled into a cohesive approach to identifying past and current Korean adoption practices that violate the rights of adoptees and their families, Korean and adoptive. I mean, it doesn't get much clearer than this (Edited 3-2-09 to note that the original post no longer exists at the new TRACK website):
8 Common Irregularities in Adoption from KoreaThese things happened, and still happen. Thank you, TRACK, for shedding light on them in a way that the world won't be able to ignore.
1. Unclear relinquishment - parent did not relinquish under real name, a person other than the parent relinquished, only one parent relinquished, the child was relinquished for domestic but NOT international adoption, or the signature on the relinquishment form appears to be forged.
2. Kidnappings within the family, particularly by paternal relative and grandmother.
3. Misrepresentation of child to adoptive parents and Western adoption agency (such as age, social history, medical history, marital status of mother).
4. Contradictions in the adoption file of the same child. Contradictions may be found going from Korean-language record to Korean-language record (from police to orphanage to agency, or intra-agency), or going from Korean-language record to English-language record (or other Western language).
5. Kidnapping by orphanage - the Korean parent came looking and they were told that the child was not there, or had died.
6. Hojuk forgery - an orphan hojuk made to replace the child's real hojuk. The fake orphan hojuk was used for adoption.
7. Citizenship forgery - the child was recorded as having been sent to a different adoptive country than they really were, and were recorded as having gained the citizenship of the wrong country.
8. Identity forgery - the child was switched for another child who was not able to be sent at the time the adoption was scheduled.