Australia | United States Korean Rights Group

We work to strengthen Korean adoptee communities impacted by Eastern Social Welfare Society, by sharing knowledge and standing for the right to our own histories.

About Us

The AUSKRG formed in November 2022 in response to the many Korean adoptees who have expressed deep concerns over the way their adoptions were facilitated by Eastern Social Welfare Society (prev. Eastern Child Welfare Society), and the lack of access to their histories and origins. We have strong reasons to suspect many of the grievances and frustrations Korean adoptees have individually faced are due to systemic issues in Korea’s overseas adoption program. 

On 9 December 2022, the AUSKRG submitted a group application, along with several individual cases, to South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We believe it is vital that an investigation into Eastern’s overseas adoptions be launched alongside the Commission’s investigation into adoption agencies Holt and KSS. We believe Eastern was not exempt from the issues that have been identified and raised by the Danish Korean Rights Group regarding these two agencies.

These issues, which impact many in our group, include but are not limited to:

  • being made an ‘orphan’ on paper despite having living parents;
  • being sent overseas with the identity and paperwork of another child, and being subsequently reunited with the ‘wrong’ Korean family; and
  • discovering our Korean families were lied to by Eastern and/or did not give consent to one’s adoption.

In 2023, the AUSKRG aims to collect and share resources among adoptee communities, and support the Commission’s investigation should they decide to take our case. We continue to work collaboratively with the Danish Korean Rights Group – whose historic efforts have paved the way – as well as SKAN, CAFE Belgium, NLKRG [etc.] whose aim is to spotlight korean adoption as a system.

Take Action

There are a number of ways you can get involved and support our efforts:

Connect us with Korean-English interpreters and/or translators willing to volunteer some of their time.

Send us info/resources on the history of Eastern Social Welfare Society (i.e. newspaper articles, academic studies, organisational reports).

Get in touch if you were adopted through Eastern and wish to share your – and/or your Korean original family’s – story and perspective in the media.

Contact us if you were adopted through Eastern and wish to discuss inconsistencies or other issues in your files/paperwork.

Please note: The application period for Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission closed on 9 December 2022. At this stage, they will not be accepting any further cases. This means AUSKRG cannot take on additional cases from individual Eastern adoptees. However, we have and will continue to press for the Commission to consider the issues we’ve identified as widespread and systemic. 


Korean Rights Groups

DKRG | Danish Korean Rights Group

SKAN | Swedish Korean Adoptees’ Network

CAFE Belgium | Critical Adoptees Front Europe

NLKRG | Netherlands Korean Rights Group

Adoptee Services and Resources

IKAA | International Korean Adoptee Associations

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