Posted by: 지인 | 25 June 2009

In Seoul: Adoption law public hearing Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Seoulites, please visit the TRACK site for details about this very important hearing and how you can help:

Adoption Law Public Hearing (Seoul, Korea)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Korea Press Foundation building, 19th floor
Subway: City Hall exit 4 or Gwanghwamun Exit 5

****This is your last chance to be heard before the Ministry of Health and Welfare finalizes its draft bill on ADOPTION LAW.****

****SIMULATANEOUS ENGLISH-KOREAN TRANSLATION PROVIDED BY THE KOREAN GOVERNMENT!! ****

Since we asked for it, and they gave it to us, that we must now use it (or lose it next time).

Wanted: 30-40 adoptees and supporters

The main issue at stake for adult adoptees: The Central Authority

How the Central Authority is shaped will determine all post-adoption services. The Central Authority is the gatekeeper to your history. If you are not involved now, access to your past will still remain in the hands of your agency and the government — not yours.

So if you are studying Korean language, just grab toast, hop on the subway, and come after class. If you’re an English teacher, you are probably not even working because of student exams, so get yourself to the meeting. If you have a lunch date or an appointment, do what you do when you’re hungover and just call and change it! ^^

Adoptees are not yet a powerful presence in Korean society, but we are quickly building power. Now is the time and we must seize every opportunity we can to fight for the rights of adoptees.

TRACK is working with the Gonggam public interest lawyers, KoRoot, and ASK to make our own draft bill to be submitted to the National Assembly. But we are also participating in this ministry process as much as they will allow us. So please come out and be heard.

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