Korean adoptees from 14 countries can now take DNA tests provided by 34 missions in an effort to help them reconnect with their families.
On December 19, the South Korean National Police Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Health and Welfare that they would be launching a service beginning January 1, 2020, for Koreans who were adopted overseas as children. They will be able to submit to DNA testing and can register their DNA at the foreign diplomatic offices if they are interested in finding their family.
According to the report by Hankyoreh, “overseas Korean adoptees who submit an adoption information disclosure request with the National Center for the Rights of the Child (NCRC), and who receive written confirmation that no remaining information exists regarding their biological parents, may make an appointment with one of 34 overseas government agencies in 14 countries to undergo genetic testing.”
NPA Commissioner General Min Gap-ryong said, “We will continue to search for diverse and effective ways of locating family members of long-term missing persons.”