Transnational Korean Adoptee:
The adoption of Korean children started in the mid-1950’s which was after the Korean War. The Korean War produced an abundance of over 10,000 mix-raced children and over 100,000 orphaned children.
Because there were over 100,000 children orphaned and over 10,000 mixed children abandoned, an informal adoption by military personnels occurred. It was not until the 1980s until it was the peak of adoption. There were about 6500-9000 cases of adoption per year during 1984-1988. Many of the children were adopted both legally and illegally meaning that some of the children were switched due to their parents unwilling to adopt their child. As the adoption of Korean children increased, it created a steady stream of revenue and profit for the Korean Government. Yet, when the Koreans hosted their first Olympics in 1988, the adoption rate dramatically decreased.
In the past 20 years, mostly children from teenage mothers or single moms are adopted abroad . Since the Korean War, 10% of the Korean population was adopted.