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Yonhap, state agency join hands to help overseas adoptees find birth families

All News 11:20 February 12, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- Yonhap News Agency and the state-run National Center for the Rights of the Child (NCRC) agreed Wednesday to launch a joint campaign in March to help overseas Korean adoptees find their birth families.

Yoon Hye-mee, chief of NCRC, affiliated with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and Cho Sung-boo, president and CEO of the news agency, signed a memorandum of understanding for the project at Yonhap headquarters in central Seoul.

The logo of the National Center for the Rights of the Child (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Under the agreement, Yonhap News will establish an online information platform to connect adopted people and their biological families.

The news agency will publish news articles on adopted people and on the site, while NCRC will upload adoptees' information and life stories. They have jointly created about 20 such articles since March last year.

The two organizations promised to cooperate not only to help their family searches, but to promote a sound culture of adoption by shedding light on their lives via the online platform.

About 170,000 South Korean children have been adopted overseas since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Yonhap News Agency's headquarter building in central Seoul (Yonhap)


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