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South Korean Woman Reunites With Her Biological Parents After 37 Years

Mayukh Bari12 June 2020 8:55PM IST
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In 1984, a two-year-old Kang Mee-sook was adopted by an American family and renamed as Kara Bos. She now lives in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and knew from childhood that she was adopted. Her search for her biological parents began after the birth of her own daughter.

Bos is one of more than 200,000 Korean children adopted overseas in the past 60 years, and her struggle to identify her parents highlights the challenges for many adoptees, said Rev. Do-hyun Kim, who heads KoRoot, a charity that works with adoptees. He said,

"I think Kara's journey, Kara's fight, is meaningful because it reminds us that parents, society, and the state itself has public responsibility to clearly inform a child born in South Korean society about their roots."

South Korea has a strict rule of not providing information of biological parents to the adopted ones. But Kara's quest to find her birth parents moved a step closer when a Seoul court ruled against it. They informed that a South Korean man was her biological father and they have 99.9981% DNA matched. Now it is just a matter of time when the family will be reunited once again after around four decades.

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