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How to Find Korean Birth Parents

by Artesia Peluso

According to the Adopt Korea Organization,"Korean culture and its emphasis on blood ties and family name have continued to be a difficult obstacle on international adoptions." So most of adoptions are done domestically, however there are several hundred international adoptions each year. If you're an adopted child and are looking for your birth parents, the process is known to be emotionally challenging. However, if successful in your search, you may be able to contact you birth parents.

Start with yourself. Write down everything you know about where you were born, birthmarks or even the facility where you were born.

Ask your adoptive parents. Make sure to have a pen and pad with you. Go over the information you gather to make sure it's correct. Notate the year in which you where adopted, the adoption agency and any other pertinent information they might be able to provide.

Contact the adoptive agency. Bring all the information that was gathered, including your adoptive parents' name and personal information like their socials and birth date information. You can usually call or write a written request for adoption papers and they'll be turned over as long as you are 18 or older. Things to look for are your amended birth certificate, an intake report, petition for adoption, and the final decree of adoption. This information may include birth parents' information including their age at the time of the adoption, other children at the time, addresses and educational backgrounds.

Inquire about adoptee assistant programs. There are some agencies that collaborate with assistance programs that strive to connect adoptee's with birth parents or blood relatives. The Adoption Registry Connect is a," worldwide adoptee and birth parent search registry designed to reunite adoptees with their birth parents and siblings." Create an account and list all the information known about yourself and your birth parents during the time of adoption. Search through listing of birth parents looking for birth children and connect with others going through similar situations.

Find out if your birth parents relinquished rights to an adoption agency or an orphanage. The adoption agency should be able to provide you with this information. Oftentimes children from adoption agency are first left at orphanages. Some orphanages keep all or partial information about a birth parent if the parent was present when the adoptee arrived at the orphanage.

Gather all the information received from the adoption agency. Sometimes there is nothing to very little in an adoption record depending on when the adoption took place. However if you come across the name of your father, check the Korean Family Register or the Ho Juk. The Ho Juk is a document that establishes a person's Korean lineage to include marriages, births, divorces, and deaths. If you find a name, you may be able to locate your birth parents or blood relatives.

About the Author

Artesia Peluso began her journalism career in 2006. She is the fashion editor at "PINK Magazine" and has also worked as the arts and entertainment assistant at "Creative Loafing," the associate editor at "Vita Underground" and at CNN as a Network Booking Associate. Peluso has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Ashford University.