South korea: an American adopted recognized in court as the daughter of her biological father

Corée du Sud: une Américaine adoptée reconnue en justice comme la fille de son père biologique

SEOUL | A court in Seoul has formally recognized Friday, an American adopted as the daughter of her biological father, a decision she described it as a “capital” for all the adopted children in South Korea.

Kara Bos, 38 years old, could not contain his tears when the family court of Seoul has rendered its judgment requiring that it be included on the family register of his biological father, the official list of the members of his family.

These, whom she identified through a DNA test, have refused to enter into contact with it.

Ms. Bos, which had been abandoned for two years before being adopted by an american family, engaged in a legal battle to find the identity of her biological mother. And her lawyers say she will now have access to all official records relating to his father.

“This is a memorable day for all of us who have been adopted, and recognized, finally, rights”, she told reporters, visibly very moved.

“The hardships we are facing because they have the right to get in touch with our family… I hope that this will change in Korea.”

In search of mother

South Korea at one time was one of the first sources of international adoption. At least 167 000 children in south korea have been adopted by foreign parents since the 1950s.

But the quest of information for adopted children is notoriously difficult. The right south Korean leans clearly in favour of respect for the privacy of the biological parents, and not on the side of the rights of adopted children.

Neither the biological father of Ms. Bos nor the members of his family were present at the hearing.

The question of its origins was never really concerned that Ms. Bos, whose Korean name is Kang Mee Sook, before his daughter is two years old, and that it is aware of “what it meant to give a child of this age”.

All his efforts to find his biological parents through records of adoption had been in vain. Then she had come in 2016, an analysis of his DNA on a website of genealogy, and found a correspondence with a young Korean student abroad.

They had come in contact with, and had determined that their relationship could be her grand-father to him, who would be her father, and thus the only person who could say who was his mother.

But to his family, he did not want to hear anything and refused to allow him to meet his father. His half-sister biological called even the police, when Mrs. Bos came to implore on his knees in front of his house.


In November, she captures the justice of an action to establish paternity, which his lawyers say was a first by a foreign adopted and born in South Korea.

A DNA test ordered by the court concluded with a probability of 99,987 % that the man she suspected was his biological father.

The inclusion in the registry of the family will give him the right to inherit, but also to apply for naturalization. But she says that all she seeks is to know the identity of his mother, and his origins.

After the Korean War (1950-1953), the adoption was a way to get rid of the children born of the relationship between u.s. military and South Korean, as the only country swore by ethnic homogeneity.

South Korean society remains deeply conservative and patriarchal, and many young mothers are not married are forced to abandon their babies at birth.

Kara Bos, thought to be also born of a union of extra-marital: “A final attempt with someone else to have a boy, and as I was a girl, he’s left me”.

She hopes to meet his father next week.

“I hope, in the light of all the media attention, that if my mother is watching, she will know and will be an example of courage, as it took me to me to lead in this fight”, she told reporters.

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