Adopted Koreans, writers, scholars and activists Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Jane Jeong Trenka and Tobias Hubinette wrote an article for the Korea Times regarding the length of time a woman should have before consenting to give up her child for adoption. They contend that the current laws favor international over domestic adoption, which ultimately favors both of those over family preservation. In contrast, international adoption law suggests family preservation should come first (which seems fairly obvious…). Also, some people contend that extending the time puts the child’s life in “jeopardy,” but this suggests the birth mother is incapable of making informed, healthy decisions. Rather, birth mothers who care enough about their children to seek help at unwed mothers homes, etc., are probably quite capable of taking care of their babies for at least 30 days, the time that my friends and other activists propose, instead of the “give them up from the womb” currently in place, or the 72 hours proposed by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family. Kwon Dobbs, Trenka and Hubinette write:

The children who are being sent for adoption are almost all coming from unwed mothers’ homes, and of these mothers, 766 out of 1,114 mothers in 2008 were at least 20 years old. We can reasonably assume that mothers who went to shelters or who are over the age of 20 are capable of making an emergency phone call.

The matter of relinquishing a child for adoption is a grave and life-altering matter. Mothers must have adequate counseling and time to deliberate before their legal relationship to their child is severed. Even 72 hours is not enough.

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