ASK Postcard Campaign:
해외입양에 반대하여 엽서운동
In an effort to keep the Korean Government and the Ministry of Health and Welfare accountable for their public promise to end intercountry adoption from Korea in the next 3 to 4 years, ASK is carrying out a postcard campaign. Beginning with our fundraiser on May 5, 2006, we have been asking individuals to sign and mail a postcard in support of ending Korean ICA; the campaign will continue with distribution at various conferences within Korea and around the world. The initial batch of postcards has been sent to the Minister of Health and Welfare, and subsequent postcards will be mailed to other politicians who play key roles in the ending of ICA.
We Need Your Help!
International reactions to ICA from Korea have played a large role in changing ICA-related policies in Korea in the past. Therefore, it is vital that the Korean government receive postcards not only from people living in Korea , but also from people living throughout the rest of the world. You can take an active role in making this happen!
If you live outside of Seoul:
Please download and print the postcard onto cardstock or similar paper and then mail the postcard to Korea from wherever you live.
You can also take on a larger role by distributing copies of the postcard to people in your community, and asking them to sign it and send it in.
If you live in Seoul:
If you live in Seoul , we can give you copies of the postcard. Please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you for participating!
해외 입양 중단에 대한 청원
On April 30, 2007, ASK submitted a petition calling for the end of intercountry adoption to the Korean National Assembly. With the support of Assemblywoman Jang Hyang-sook (Uri Party), ASK drafted a detailed argument requesting that the Korean government abide by the stipulations of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Convention). In this regard, the petition argues that the Korean government has a responsibility to protect the rights of Korean-born children, and that intercountry adoption is a human rights issue. The petition also illustrates the need for a more developed social welfare structure that will encourage and support families to stay intact rather than be separated through adoption. In addition, the connections between Korea 's economic status, the "business" of intercountry adoption, and the relationship between adoption agencies and single mothers' homes are explored through this document. The petition is currently under preliminary review by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Please click here to read the petition in English and Korean.