There are currently 20,000 children in South Korea waiting to be adopted. Of these children, many have special needs, and their hopes are bleak for one day finding a forever family. (Of special needs children in South Korea, only 1.5% are adopted by Korean citizens via domestic adoption.)
Despite these numbers, and due in part to pressure from anti-adoption groups, there are now restrictions impacting all international adoptions. A quota has been established, drastically limiting the number of children that can be adopted internationally.
Statistically, very few children in South Korea are adopted domestically. While the government has worked overtime to promote domestic adoptions and lift cultural prejudices, it takes time to dispel long held myths regarding adopted children. (Check out MPAK for more details on this issue.) Meanwhile, children wait. They remain in institutions and foster care. They grow up without ever having a forever family.
Purpose of the Voice Of Love campaign:
1. To let the voices of those who have been blessed through international adoption be heard by the government and people of South Korea.
2. To influence change and eliminate the international adoption quota in Korea.
3. To affirm and encourage the South Korean government in its promotion of adoption.
Why Voice of Love?
Source: South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare