Although most mental health and behavioral health professionals have encountered adoption triad members—birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons—in their clinical practice, the vast majority have had no formal or informal training on adoption issues. The Handbook of Adoption is the first text designed for mental health practitioners to specifically address the many dimensions of adoption-related issues which can and do affect adoption triad members, specifically in the United States.
Chapter 11: From the Ashes of War: Lessons from 50 Years of KoreanInternational Adoption
From the Ashes of War: Lessons from 50 Years of KoreanInternational Adoption
On January 13, 1903, the first Korean immigrants to the United States arrived inHonolulu, Hawaii, on the SS Gaelic. In commemoration,President Bush issued a proclamation declaring January 13, 2003, as theCentennial of Korean Immigration to the United States, commencing yearlongactivities to celebrate the contributions of Korean immigrants and theirdescendents over the past 100 years (Office of the Press Secretary, 2003). Sincethe Korean War (1950–1953), more than 1 million South Korean nationalshave emigrated abroad, of whom a significant fraction—15%—havebeen children adopted by families overseas. According to official statisticsfrom the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, between 1953 and 2004 a total of156,242 South ...