“천 달러 미만을 아동 친 가족에게 제공해 주면 아동이 친가족과 함께 살 수 있는 상황에서 아동을 해외입양하기 위해 수천이나 수만 달러를 소비하는 것은 윤리적으로 맞는지 우리는 질문해 봐야 한다. We must ask ourselves if it is ethical to spend thousands of dollars (or tens of thousands of dollars) to arrange an intercountry adoption, when aid of less than a thousand dollars would have kept the child with their birth family.”—김성수 (via peaceshannon)
한국미혼모가족협회는 이번주 일요일 (27일)에 경기 자조모임이 있습니다 아이돌봄 자원봉사자 2명을 모집하고자 합니다~ 시간은 오후 1시반부터 4시까지며 오산대역 근처 홈플러스 정문앞에서 만나서 같이 이동할 예정입니다~ 가능하신분 제게 연락주세요~ KUMFA is looking for 2 volunteers to babysit for its Gyeonggi-do chapter meeting this Sunday (27th) from 1:30-4:30pm. They will meet in front of the Home Plus at Osandae Station and go to the venue together. Please let me know if you can help!
Please do not scroll past this. This is lengthy, but please take care to read it. Our government is lying to us and trying to shut up the efforts of the families of the missing who are trying to tell the truth.
once you reach a certain age, some people don’t necessarily like their birthdays because it reminds us of how old we are getting. but for me, even though i was always thankful for my family or friends for trying to make birthdays nice for me, i never really liked birthdays before i was 30 because it only served to remind me how, unlike most people, i didn’t know basic information about myself, like my birthday. i didn’t start to like my birthday until last year, when right before our 31st birthday, we were able to find our korean mom and know our real birthday for the first time since we were adopted. but i also feel sorry to my fellow adoptees who are hurting because they still don’t know their own birthdays. this year, i feel very saddened and upset because of the sewol ferry tragedy. in the midst of that sadness and anger, as i celebrate another birthday, i have come to realize how thankful we must be to be able to grow another year older.
Reuters reported in September that parents were transferring custody of their unwanted adopted children to strangers met on the Internet, often with no government oversight and sometimes illegally. No state or federal laws specifically prohibit the practice, which is known as “re-homing.” And state laws that restrict the advertising and custody transfers of children are often confusing, and rarely spell out criminal sanctions.
In the absence of government safeguards, boys and girls have been placed in the care of abusers and others who escape scrutiny. In one case, a mother gave her nine-year-old adopted son to a pedophile in a motel parking lot in Wisconsin within hours of posting an advertisement for the child on a Yahoo group.
The Wisconsin law, signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, makes it illegal for anyone not licensed by the state to advertise a child over age one for adoption or any other custody transfer, both in print and online. Parents who want to transfer custody of a child to someone other than a relative must seek permission from a judge. Violators face up to nine months in jail or up to $10,000 in fines.
"The Reuters reports outlined massive pratfalls in current law that allowed children to be advertised on social networks on the Internet," said Republican state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, who sponsored the Wisconsin legislation. "With virtually no oversight, children could literally be traded from home to home. In Wisconsin, that is now against the law. Hopefully citizens of the country will follow our lead."
The Ohio legislation, similar to the Wisconsin law, was introduced last month, after Reuters reported that a girl adopted from Haiti was passed among four homes in two years. The last family to take her, in Marysville, Ohio, abruptly sent her away after she helped bring to light allegations of sexual abuse of other children in the home, prosecutors allege in charging documents. The father, Jean Paul Kruse, was later charged with raping two daughters and sexually abusing a third. The mother, Emily Kruse, was charged with obstructing justice and intimidating a witness. Both have pleaded not guilty.
The Haitian girl’s adoptive mother, in Idaho, solicited new families for her on a Yahoo group called Adoption-from-Disruption. Reuters examined 5,000 messages on the group going back five years, and found that a child was advertised on average once a week during that period. Most of the children offered on the group had been adopted from foreign countries. Yahoo quickly shut down the re-homing group and others like it after Reuters brought them to its attention last September.
"Children are not property or used furniture to be advertised to anybody on social media sites without the background checks and protections for their welfare," said Democratic state Sen. Charleta Tavares, a sponsor of the Ohio bill.
At the federal level, a group of 18 Republican and Democratic members of Congress is seeking hearings to “identify ways to prevent these dangerous practices.” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, called for broad action in a letter to Obama administration officials, writing that it was "stunning" that "this practice of advertising children, usually over state borders, does not seem to violate any federal laws."
So the maritime police, when told by the captain of the ship around 8:58 that the ship is sinking, told him to get the passengers out, give them life jackets and put them on the lifeboats. However the captain said “I can’t do that, the electricity is going out” and then he turned it off.
The company Cheonghaejin, which is responsible for the Jindo ferry accident, had another ferry, The Democracy 1, that had engine failure on the 6th of April. The ferry stopped in the middle of the sea for over an hour. Though an alarm is supposed to sound when there is an engine problem it failed to do so. They repaired the engine over water and resumed its course between Geomundo and Yeosu.
This boat was built in 1992 and had just replaced its predecessor 오고가고호 starting the 1st of this month(April). So… Engine failure within five days of a newly brought-in ship.
The Jindo ferry accident is not a singular incident, but a result of this company’s overall irresponsibility.
one piece of good news: the grandmother and aunt of the 5 year old girl who was rescued have been located (they were not among the boat passengers) and they are at the hospital with her. but her older brother (6) and parents are still missing. apparently, the girl told nurses at the hospital that her mom and older brother put a life jacket on her and pushed her up so she could be rescued TT
권양은 부모, 오빠(6)와 함께 세월호에 탑승했다. 권양의 어머니와 오빠는 마지막까지도 막내를 구하기 위해 구명조끼를 입히고 등을 떠밀어 탈출을 도왔던 것으로 알려졌다. 권양은 간호사들에게 “엄마와 오빠가 구명조끼를 입혀 위로 밀어 올렸다”며 사고 당시를 설명했다.
권양의 할머니와 고모 등은 이날 새벽 병원에 도착해 권양을 만났다. 가족들은 현재 부모·오빠와 연락이 안된다는 사실을 알고 아이가 몹시 불안해하고 있다고 전했다.
Birth certificates shouldn’t even be legal parenting documents. The birth certificate should document the actual facts - the child’s name at birth, child’s natural parents, correct date, time, and place of birth. At the same time the birth certificate is issued, a legal parenting paper can also be issues detailing who has legal responsibility for the child and to what extent.
It should be like England where there can be more than two. Parents would show the birth certificate for proof of identity for the child and the legal parenting certificate for proof of legal responsibility. Then, if anything happens, like adoption or permanent guardianship, the document can be easily amended and re-issued. In the case of temporary or permanent foster care, the State already has something similar that could continue to be used - court orders.
This would make it a) harder to lie to adoptees, though some still manage it even in places where the birth certificate isn’t changed (though it is temporarily sealed) and an adoption certificate is instead issued and b) more truthful (and also less aggravating for genealogists - a lot of genealogy is now incorrect because of sealed and amended birth certificates).
Then, if the adult adoptee doesn’t want a birth certificate with their natural parents’ names on it, because they find that painful to deal with, they can get a short version that doesn’t have the names of the parents listed because who your parents are supposedly ceases to matter upon adulthood (unless you ask them to correct your birth certificate to show your natural parents, then it matters a lot!).
And any changes in the parenting document should be available for the adult to look at, because it’s their information and because some people want to know everyone who raised them and perhaps might want to look them up and contact them. I know I’d contact my ex foster parents, if they weren’t a bazillion years old, probably very into the “oh you’re adopted HOW WONDERFUL!” thing, and hadn’t helped farm out over 100 babies during their “career”/they probably don’t remember me.
Don’t ask me how to deal with name changes requested by adoptive parents, ‘cause I vehemently disagree with it. If I were supreme ruler, I’d say absolutely no changing of legal names until the child is old enough to consent/ask for it. Woo, then there’s a place for sealing and amending.
A ship sunk in the southwestern coast of South Korea this morning. It was carrying 450 people and 325 of them being students who were on their way to a field trip to a nearby island. Fortunately, no one has been reported missing or hurt or dead….
A ship sunk in the southwestern coast of South Korea this morning. It was carrying 450 people and 325 of them being students who were on their way to a field trip to a nearby island. Fortunately, no one has been reported missing or hurt or dead. They’re all just waiting to be rescued. Please, let’s keep them in our prayers. These kids must be scared out of their minds.
So far, 164 people saved, 2 dead, and 293 people still missing. I hope they all return to their homes.
The suit has been filed on behalf of two Japanese-Americans, Michiko Shiota Gingery and Koichi Mera, plus a corporation called GAHT-US (a bizarre entity whose involvement must be a particular embarrassment to any decent person at Mayer Brown – more about this in a moment). At the center of the controversy is a Korean-funded memorial to the comfort women which was recently established in a park in Glendale, California. The suit suggests that the above named Japanese-Americans will suffer “irreparable injury” from “feelings of exclusion, discomfort, and anger” if the memorial is not removed. … Ken White, a prominent Los Angeles-based criminal attorney, [said]: “I cannot remember a lawsuit that so immediately repulsed and enraged…..This lawsuit is thoroughly contemptible. It should fail, and everyone involved should face severe social consequences.”
Strong words but White’s assessment is hard to fault. The indisputable historical record, after all, shows that countless women who served in the Imperial Army’s brothels were innocents seized at gunpoint in Japan’s erstwhile colonies and forced into sexual servitude. (Yes, of course, not all were innocents. The army’s first recourse was to professional prostitutes but even if every prostitute in the empire had volunteered for work in appalling conditions, there were far too few of them to serve the army’s needs. Japan’s war was vast, spread as it was across six time zones and involving at least six million men, most of whom seem never to have had any home leave.)
The Jusarang Community Church is also planning to build another facility to accommodate abandoned babies in Goyang, Gyeonggi, because it currently receives about 20 babies per month.
The new facility in Gunpo, however, has not been as warmly received by residents living nearby.
“Construction is being delayed because local residents are protesting,” said Jeong Yeong-ran, a missionary at the church. “They’re saying they don’t want unwed mothers to come here to give up their babies.”
Yet despite this growing trend, authorities have yet to take measures and say that leaving infants in the baby box may not actually be a crime.
“If babies are left in remote areas or life-threatening environments, then it is an illegal form of abandonment,” a police officer from Gwanak District said.
“But we aren’t actively cracking down on unwed mothers who abandon their babies in a baby box, because the law doesn’t clearly stipulate that leaving babies in open protection facilities, like the Jusarang Community Church, is illegal.”
Song Jun-heon, an official at the Ministry of Health and Welfare, added that it would be difficult to mandate the shutdown of those services.
“It would be hard to make them shut down all baby boxes right away given that there are so many unwed mothers who can’t afford to raise their babies,” he said.
“When prejudice against single mothers diminishes and the social support system for them is strengthened, the number of people who turn to the baby box will naturally decrease.”
Adoption organizations, on the other hand, have taken a more hardline stance on the issue.
KUMFA is looking for 2 volunteers to babysit during their Incheon chapter meeting this Sat, April 19th from 10:50am-1:30pm. Location is at Dure Co-op near Sangedong Station (line 7, exit 8). Please let me know if you can help!