IKAA at The Hague Special Commission
THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, June 8, 2015 – The International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) is pleased to announce its attendance at the Special Commission on the practical operation of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. IKAA attended previous Special Commissions in 2005 and 2010 and is the only organization to have represented the perspectives of adult intercountry adoptees at the Special Commission.
IKAA’s Working Document submitted to this year’s Special Commission contains recommendations for increased and improved Post Adoption Services. In particular, IKAA emphasizes the need for openness in adoption and records, effective post-reunion services, and on-going support for adult adoptees from both Sending States and Receiving States. IKAA also notes the continuing expansion of the adult intercountry adoptee community to include the children and grandchildren of adoptees. IKAA finds that this new generation of family members also requires their own specialized Post Adoption Services.
IKAA is the first and largest international network of organizations for adult intercountry adoptees. Established in 2004, the IKAA network currently has thirteen organizational members located throughout Europe and the United States.