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Old 08-19-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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My adopted daughter is trying to find her birth mother who is a citizen and resident of South Korea.

We have her mother's name, date of birth, location.

Google and Facebook searches coming up empty.

We called the Korean Embassy - had trouble finding someone there who spoke English, ironically.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

I am wondering if we can go the U.S. Army route.

The birth father was in the Army at the time, an American.

Thanks
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:51 PM
 
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I am trying to help my adopted daughter find her birth mother, who is/was a Korean citizen.

Her bio father is/was a veteran of the U.S Army. They were married while he was stationed at Osan AFB in 1990. We have not been able to get any information from him.

Due to the language difference and lack of info - and the fact that there are so few surnames in Korea, we have had a lot of trouble trying to find her. A misdirected letter arrived som years ago and it was recently discover - which has led us to believe she wants to be found. There is no return address, just some words in Korean which we have been struggling to get translated properly.

We have a copy of the birth certificate.

Does anyone know if it would be possible to get information or records from the military or US Govt?

Obviously, we think there may be privacy issues here, but we are trying all avenues.

Thank you, Carolina

PS - Google and similar internet searches have not been helpful.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:15 PM
 
Location: florida
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I'll send you some info that might help you with your search.


Bill
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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When I was stationed in Korea, units were partnered with orphanages (the programs were run by the Chaplain). That said, I'm not sure that any search through that method would be fruitful. They werent official government run programs and therefore, the Chaplain may or may not have good records. We did it mostly because many of the orphans were mixed race (birth father was a Soldier). Mixed race children were considered second class citizens and were ostracized when I was in Korea (1994-1995). Therefore, I suspect you're stuck going through the Korean government and/or adoption agencies.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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I am trying to help my adopted daughter find her birth mother, who is/was a Korean citizen.

Her bio father is/was a veteran of the U.S Army. They were married while he was stationed at Osan AFB in 1990. We have not been able to get any information from him.

Due to the language difference and lack of info - and the fact that there are so few surnames in Korea, we have had a lot of trouble trying to find her. A misdirected letter arrived som years ago and it was recently discover - which has led us to believe she wants to be found. There is no return address, just some words in Korean which we have been struggling to get translated properly.

We have a copy of the birth certificate.

Does anyone know if it would be possible to get information or records from the military or US Govt?

Obviously, we think there may be privacy issues here, but we are trying all avenues.

Thank you, Carolina

PS - Google and similar internet searches have not been helpful.
Yes if you have her birth certificate you could check with immigration and you could also check with the embassy. Both of those offices should have a record.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:11 PM
 
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What is preventing you guys getting a good translation? Are you in a part of the country with few Koreans? Have you tried contacting Korean churches?

Have you turned to facebook or posted on chat boards catering to Korean speakers? South Korea is a HIGHLY wired country - it is almost guaranteed that your child's bio mom is online on a daily basis. If you go on chatboards and provide a DOB for your daughter and her mother's name and any other relevant details, you may have some luck.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:23 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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What is preventing you guys getting a good translation? Are you in a part of the country with few Koreans? Have you tried contacting Korean churches?

Have you turned to facebook or posted on chat boards catering to Korean speakers? South Korea is a HIGHLY wired country - it is almost guaranteed that your child's bio mom is online on a daily basis. If you go on chatboards and provide a DOB for your daughter and her mother's name and any other relevant details, you may have some luck.

Ditto Everything you mention JrzDefector is spot on. Being married to a Korean for the past 33 years and having had many nephews come through this house for education I will agree that they are extremely wired. Much of the good electronic gadgets Americans use is Korean born (Samsung for example). The church is also a good choice. Still I am sure that if she is in the states here she had to have gone through immigration. If she was born there the US Embassy in Pusan could help too. Facebook and online social sites is a great starting point.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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If the father registered the birth with the US Embassy then the child could be a US Citizen. I would agree that some Korean Churches might help.i know there is a Korean Church near me that offers that kind of help.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:25 AM
 
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I've found a Korean who's government related job has given them access to information that has helped them re-unite hundreds of families in Korea the last few years. I'll send you the details.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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Yes, we have tried many of those resources already and we are still running into dead ends. Yes, the child is a U.S. citizen, her bio mother was not.

We searched online for her birth mother for years before giving up and trying to use third parties, agencies, etc.

We have finally been offered some help through a retired police officer in Korea and personnel at Osan AFB. Still reaching out.

C
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