Boys up for more overseas adoption

Korean parents prefer girls over boys for adoption, according to Holt Children's Services April 11. The parents chose only 130 boys out of the 405 adopted children, accounting for just 32 percent.

The percentage of boys being adopted has been dropping; 37 percent in both 2007 and 2008; 35 percent in 2010 and 32 percent in 2011.

It marks a drastic contrast to that of the 1970s when the percentage of girls being adopted was only 37, half of that of the boys’ 63. In less than half a century the numbers have reversed.

The boys not chosen by the Korean parents, then, have been sent to the foreign countries, according to the statistics from the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Although the total number of overseas adoption plunged by half to 629 cases in 2011 compared to 1,364 in 2001, the percentage of boys being adopted jumped from 60 percent in 2001 to 69 percent in 2011.

An official from the Ministry of Health and Welfare said, “Most Korean parents want girls, but we persuade them to adopt boys. That’s why at least 30 percent of the adopted are boys.”

He added, “If you want girls, you have to wait for a year at least. The demand is that high. In the case for the boys, we have to send them overseas. We have no choice.”