A recent article by South Korea’s official news agency discusses an adoptive father’s campaign to help unwed mothers in South Korea. Dr. Richard Boas, who adopted his daughter from South Korea almost twenty years ago, was one of the co-founders of a program in Connecticut that helped others adopt internationally. However, after traveling to South Korea and seeing perfectly capable single mothers giving their kids up for adoption, Boas has a change of heart.
When I met the moms, I started asking myself questions that the other Americans weren’t asking." Boas said. "Why would these moms give up their babies? Isn’t it the right of any birth mom anywhere in the world to bring up her child if she’s capable and loving? Why are these kids not being absorbed into Korean society, either by their birthparents or by domestic adoption?" The rate at which unwed mothers relinquish their children in South Korea, estimated at 70 percent, comes as a shock to Americans, where fewer than 2 percent of unwed mothers relinquish their children for adoption.
After meeting healthy and seemingly capable Korean unmarried mothers, who were nonetheless sending their children overseas for adoption, Boas wondered, "Why am I favoring so much international adoption when it doesn’t need to be necessary? This is like the tail wagging the dog."
Upon his return, Boas decided to fund Give 2 Asia, an organization that supports single and unwed mothers’ homes in South Korea. He believes that "Koreans have a golden opportunity to really evolve and do so well by these kids and their mothers. I think when you really come down to it, the economic price and the social price is relatively small. I think it’s much smaller than the price that everybody is paying now."