I particularly focus on activities undertaken by key actors – the Korean government, adoption agencies and foreign aid organisations in Korea – to address the issue of ‘children in need’, and their relationship to one another over time. I want to develop a balanced and deeper understanding of how the child welfare system took shape, what efforts were made to support needy families and children, and how intercountry adoption expanded in Korea.
In order to put the data I have collected into a more concrete context, I am hoping to learn about actual adoption cases. In other words, to better understand how intercountry adoptions were actually practiced, I am looking for Korean adoptees who are willing to share their adoption stories and records with me. For instance, I want to learn what steps were taken before the adoption, what documents were included, etc.
I am the sole researcher of this project, and any documents and information you share will only be accessed by me. Unless you specifically give me permission to publicly use your adoption documents, I will not use original documents in any publications that I create from this research.
If you decide to participate, I will also discuss with you the level of anonymity. Unless agreed differently, I will anonymise any personal information that can identify you in my thesis.