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As you can see above my family background information contains eight sentences. I’ll go over each sentence to show how a so called reputable agency creates an adoptable orphan.

1) Myung Sook’s mother is deceased.

Indeed, my mother died when I was six.

2) Sometime after her mother’s death, the child came to Seoul with her father, who left his hometown due to financial hardship.

Our hometown was Seoul.  I was born in Seoul. I lived in my birthplace with my family until the spring of 1974. My mother died in 1972.  My father and I moved to the countryside, Suwon, in 1974 because of financial hardship. My elder sister and her family still lived in Seoul near our former house. My brother still lived in Seoul at his workplace that was a few minutes away from our former house by walk. My second sister had left home to work as a maid in another part of Seoul.

3) For a while he worked as a labourer, but his income was very low.

My father lost his job in 1970 following a work accident that left one arm paralyzed. Since then he worked only one day for the landlord, one week as street vendor, and a day to sell cigarettes. I wouldn’t count these as a job. He didn’t work during the four to five months we lived in Suwon.

4) Then the father disappeared leaving Myung Sook in a boarding house.
5) After waiting in vain two or three days for the parent to return, the landlord transferred the child to the Lost Children’s Center; it was on 9/10/74.
6) She was in turn transferred to St. Paul’s Orphanage on 1/28/75.

The last time I saw my father was near the place where my second sister lived and worked as a maid. He wanted to get some money of her pay. He had told me he would wait for me while I would go meet her boss to tell him  that if he didn’t want to pay my father would take my sister back. When I returned, my father was not at the place he was.  I left the place thinking that he had abandoned me.  I didn’t even wait a second for him to return.(It was not the first time I thought I was abandoned. I feared abandonment since my mother’s dead.)  When I thought of going back to the place where my father was supposed to wait for me, I realized I was lost. So the one who disappeared was me, not my father. (While I was lost, my father was scolding my sister for my disappearance, and then they were searching for me.)

I ended up in a police station which transferred me to another police station, which in turn transferred me to a place for lost children. After a day or two the lost children’s center transferred me to a children’s shelter on 9/10/74.

A man (from St. Paul’s orphanage) came to take a few girls. The second time he came, he asked those who knew their address to raise hand. I raised mine. I told him what I had already told to an office worker of the orphanage, that I lived in Suwon, but I didn’t know my new address yet and I gave him my former address, and  told him to bring me to my former address in Seoul, that my elder sister and brother were still living near that place, and that I even knew how to go back  home by myself alone from there, etc.  The man promised me he would search for my elder sister and would come back.

He came back a week later to bring us home. In fact he just transferred us to his orphanage, St. Paul’s orphanage, on 1/28/75. He put me up for adoption without searching for my elder sister and my father.

7) Myung Sook says she has neither brother nor sister. 

I talked about my elder sister, brother and/or second sister at each place I went except at the second police station where I didn’t stay long enough to talk. I talked  about my brother at the first police station, I told the policeman how I lost my father after visiting my second sister. I told the same thing at the lost children’s center. I gave my former address to the first orphanage worker and the second orphanage director and told them my elder sister and brother lived there. I often talked about my siblings to other kids in front of the nuns and the housemother while living at St. Paul’s orphanage.

8) She does not remember, either, where she lived before her coming to Seoul.

Read  what I wrote for #3, 4, 5  and 6.

Remark: I found the  correct dates 9/10/74 and 1/28/75 on the record of the first orphanage. I also found the former address and the name of my father.

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Adoption scandals have become a new platform for  Holt to make their sales pitch and promote themselves as a “legal-legitimate-reputable-credible-and-ethical” adoption agency.

In 2008, in Iowa,  four Korean children were beaten to death by their adoptive father.  Molly Holt, a daughter of Harry and Bertha Holt, used the tragedy to say  “she has always felt that a family is the best gift an orphaned child can have.” ‘Mother of all Korean orphans” admits not every adoption perfect was the title of the article. She admitted that  “not all adoptions have a happy ending” and she mentioned for instance thIs family in Iowa. And “with tearful eyes, seemingly feeling guilty about the children’s deaths,” she said that they did their job (homestudies, post-adoption reports every three months for a year) but had found nothing wrong. And she said she would continue helping orphaned children get adopted. “To make happy family” was her plan for the future.

In  2013, the Duquets, accused of  circumventing S. Korean adoption laws,  were ordered to return baby Sehwa they had taken illegally out of the country. Susan Soonkeum Cox, vice president of policy and external affairs for Holt International Children’s Services, said that “Adoption is intended to find families for children-not children for families” in her opinion piece Adoption must be legal, and serve the interests of children.

Reuters recently published a fiver-part report, entitled The Child Exchange: Inside America’s Underground Market for Adopted Children, about rehoming (Americans advertising on Internet their children adopted from overseas to hand them off to people they’ve never met).  Susan Soonkeum Cox  used the latest adoption scandal as a platform to make  again her sales pitch and to promote the company she’s working for as a “legal-legitimate-reputable-credible-and-ethical” adoption agency. (See her opinion piece: Tough adoption standards are essential to protect children.)

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I had  been fooled two times (in 2001 and 2003) by Molly Holt’s kindness, seemingly honesty and seemingly feeling guilty face. But I wasn’t fooled by her tearful eyes, and her seemingly honesty and feeling guilty expression as reported by Yonhap News.

I had been fooled by the words “orphaned” and “Korean war” for many years until I discovered how Holt label children as “orphans” and realized Korean war was finished since more than 50 years. But I’m not fooled by Susan Soonkeum Cox hypocritical words in her opinion pieces.

Before saying nice words such as “adoption is intended to find families for children-not children for families,” Holt should look at what they’ve done. Holt found families for orphaned  and abandoned children, and Holt also found families for children who already had families. (See how they made up my family background). In other words, Holt found children for families.  Bertha Holt herself wrote in her book that they had trouble “finding the little ones”, so they went to the country in search for children to give to the wanting couples.

“The root of the trouble seems to be money. I have been told that anyone in California can buy a healthy American baby for $3,000. If we bring in more children we weaken the monopoly which will cut the price of babies. People in this racket don’t want overseas babies brought in. I think God has a special place in hell for people who sell these littles ones. ” From Bring My Sons From Afar (page 10) by Bertha Holt. “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” From the Bible, Romans 2:1.

“The root of the trouble seems to be money. I have been told that anyone in California can buy a healthy American baby for $3,000. If we bring in more children we weaken the monopoly which will cut the price of babies. People in this racket don’t want overseas babies brought in. I think God has a special place in hell for people who sell these littles ones. ” From Bring My Sons From Afar (page 10) by Bertha Holt.
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” From the Bible, Romans 2:1.

Before preaching “adoption must be legal, and must serve the interest of children,” Holt should repent of their sins for creating paper orphans, separating families and putting  kindapped or lost children  up for adoption.

Holt approved my adopters without checking their citizenship  and they sent me to them with an illegal US-visa.

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Holt don’t care about the abused children. They don’t have the interests of children in mine.  They only fear the scandals will lead to a sharp decline in adoptions.

Holt International Children’s Services is a business, a business where clients are prospective adopters and the products are children.   Sharp decline in adoptions is not good for such business.

If foreign governments start taking care of their children, Holt International will go out of business as it will results in sharp decline. If foreign governments start improving their child welfare, helping families, Holt International will go out of business too as it will result in sharp decline.

Holt serve those who pay to adopt/buy a child (of course Holt accept donations too). They don’t and they can’t have the best interests of children in mind; if they do they’ll go out of business.

Suggested reading: A critique of Harry and Bertha Holt’s work while setting up intercountry adoption in Korea.

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