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  • Sunny Jo
    Adoption agency offers family search services 2012-08-02 20:24 On June 29, one year ago, the National Assembly passed the revision of the Special Adoption Law,
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 5, 2012
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      Adoption agency offers family search services


      2012-08-02 20:24

      On June 29, one year ago, the National Assembly passed the revision
      of the Special Adoption Law, which gave more rights to adoptees,
      better protection to birth mothers, and greater protection of
      children's rights. The law will enter into full force on Aug. 5.

      What changes are taking effect next week? It is not possible to give a
      definitive because the Ministry of Health and Welfare is still
      finalizing the decree and ordinance for the law application.

      However, from the draft published in March, it can be noted that the
      Korea Central Adoption Resources, which is currently promoting
      adoption and providing post-adoption services, will have a new name:
      Korea Adoption Services. Along with its new name, KAS will also take
      on new responsibilities. For example, it will keep a central database
      of adoptees' records and provide birth family search services even to
      those who have no known adoption agency, with the goal of building a
      cooperative system among adoption agencies. Compared to adoption
      agencies, KAS will become more powerful because it will be able to
      request collaboration from governmental offices as well as from the
      agencies themselves.

      Concerning access to records, which many adoptees regard as paramount,
      it will be possible to request and receive records via mail, fax, or
      the Internet (probably an online form). Adoptees will also be able to
      receive information in electronic format as long it is not too
      burdensome for the agency to produce it.

      A fee covering the cost of disclosure and delivery can be charged on
      the requesting adoptee; however, some adoptees are concerned that,
      unlike with other social insurances, no upper limit has been set.

      In addition, the new law (decree) requires adoption agencies to
      respond to adoptee requests within 15 days. If during that time the
      agencies cannot receive personal information disclosure approval from
      birth parents, the decree permits an extension of 30 days, in which
      case the agency must send an explanatory statement to the applicant.
      However, if the biological parents are deceased, or if the information
      is needed for medical purpose, the adoptee can still receive personal
      details of his or her biological parents.

      Another key point is the preservation of files. Adoption records will
      have to be kept permanently but it's unclear who has this duty, KAS or
      the adoption agencies. The final version of the decree and ordinance
      might bring an answer.

      Of other general changes, it should be mentioned that both domestic
      and international adoption will have to be formally approved by a
      family court.

      According to the law, biological parents will receive sufficient
      counseling services from adoption agency before giving consent for
      adoption. They also can give their consent for adoption as early as
      one week after the birth of the baby.

      Lastly, the law will require social workers practicing in the adoption
      field to follow continuous training.

      Again, all the points mentioned in this article might be not fully
      accurate, since the final version of the ordinance and decree has not
      yet been made public by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Therefore
      everyone interested in the changes brought by the application of the
      Special Adoption Law revision should check after Aug. 5 for full
      details.

      By Marc Champod

      Marc Champod is currently studying social welfare at Seoul National
      University as a master's student. He had worked for many years in the
      field of pension and benefits in Switzerland before coming to Korea to
      study the Korean social welfare system on a Korean governmental
      scholarship. -- Ed.


      http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120802001115&cpv=0
    • Sunny Jo
      Adoption agency offers family search services 2012-08-02 20:24 On June 29, one year ago, the National Assembly passed the revision of the Special Adoption Law,
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 20, 2012
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        Adoption agency offers family search services

        2012-08-02 20:24

        On June 29, one year ago, the National Assembly passed the revision of
        the Special Adoption Law, which gave more rights to adoptees, better
        protection to birth mothers, and greater protection of children's
        rights. The law will enter into full force on Aug. 5.

        What changes are taking effect next week? It is not possible to give a
        definitive because the Ministry of Health and Welfare is still
        finalizing the decree and ordinance for the law application.

        However, from the draft published in March, it can be noted that the
        Korea Central Adoption Resources, which is currently promoting
        adoption and providing post-adoption services, will have a new name:
        Korea Adoption Services. Along with its new name, KAS will also take
        on new responsibilities. For example, it will keep a central database
        of adoptees' records and provide birth family search services even to
        those who have no known adoption agency, with the goal of building a
        cooperative system among adoption agencies. Compared to adoption
        agencies, KAS will become more powerful because it will be able to
        request collaboration from governmental offices as well as from the
        agencies themselves.

        Concerning access to records, which many adoptees regard as paramount,
        it will be possible to request and receive records via mail, fax, or
        the Internet (probably an online form). Adoptees will also be able to
        receive information in electronic format as long it is not too
        burdensome for the agency to produce it.

        A fee covering the cost of disclosure and delivery can be charged on
        the requesting adoptee; however, some adoptees are concerned that,
        unlike with other social insurances, no upper limit has been set.

        In addition, the new law (decree) requires adoption agencies to
        respond to adoptee requests within 15 days. If during that time the
        agencies cannot receive personal information disclosure approval from
        birth parents, the decree permits an extension of 30 days, in which
        case the agency must send an explanatory statement to the applicant.
        However, if the biological parents are deceased, or if the information
        is needed for medical purpose, the adoptee can still receive personal
        details of his or her biological parents.

        Another key point is the preservation of files. Adoption records will
        have to be kept permanently but it's unclear who has this duty, KAS or
        the adoption agencies. The final version of the decree and ordinance
        might bring an answer.

        Of other general changes, it should be mentioned that both domestic
        and international adoption will have to be formally approved by a
        family court.

        According to the law, biological parents will receive sufficient
        counseling services from adoption agency before giving consent for
        adoption. They also can give their consent for adoption as early as
        one week after the birth of the baby.

        Lastly, the law will require social workers practicing in the adoption
        field to follow continuous training.

        Again, all the points mentioned in this article might be not fully
        accurate, since the final version of the ordinance and decree has not
        yet been made public by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Therefore
        everyone interested in the changes brought by the application of the
        Special Adoption Law revision should check after Aug. 5 for full
        details.

        By Marc Champod

        Marc Champod is currently studying social welfare at Seoul National
        University as a master's student. He had worked for many years in the
        field of pension and benefits in Switzerland before coming to Korea to
        study the Korean social welfare system on a Korean governmental
        scholarship. -- Ed.

        http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120802001115&cpv=0
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