Helping Orphans Is in Her Blood
- Helping Orphans Is in Her Blood
INKAS is short for International Korean Adoptee Services. Unlike other
organizations working with orphans on the peninsula, such as Holt
Services, INKAS does not send Korean babies to foreign countries but
acts as a
bridge for Korean adoptees to return to their mother country.
Since 1954, Korea has sent 200,000 children to 14 countries to be
few organizations were interested in their heartache and instinct to
find their roots
the orphans later felt. Since 1999, under the theme "Family of Love,"
helped about 300 adoptees a year to visit their mother country and
biological parents. It is a small organization of five employees,
Jung Aie-ree, but the actual power comes from the devoted support of
Jung worked for five years at Holt, after graduating from college.
After becoming a
mother of two, she tended to her dreams of making a happy family.
maternal grandmother, Yoon Hak-ja, now passed away, was known as the
of Korean orphans. And her mother Yoon Cheong-mi, now 64, also devoted
youth to working at an orphanage, in the South Jeolla province city of
life dedicated to orphans was in Jung's blood, so she, like her
eventually returned to that world. The establishment of INKAS was
based on her
experiences at Holt, worrying about the post-adoption well-being of
Jung has some painful memories. There's the Swedish adoptee who
racial discrimination but later committed suicide after an
unsuccessful search for her
parents in Korea; there's the American adoptee who suffered confusion
transgender parents and later became homeless.
¡°Foreign adoption is still high because domestic adoption does not
explained. "For scores of years, the society seems to have changed,
avoidance of adoption doesn¡¯t seem to have changed a bit. We must ask
ourselves whether foreign adoption is the best solution to unfortunate
find an alternate solution.¡±
(Joo Wan-joong, wjjoo@...)
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