National Assembly amended the Special Adoption Law in 2012, it was stipulated that the biological parents of the child must register the child's birth in their own name, apply for abandonment of parenting and obtain permission from the family court before sending the child. Therefore, many unmarried parents who do not want to be found out about the birth facts choose to abandon their biological flesh and blood, and the number of baby protection cabins used has also increased. According to statistics from the South Korean police and the Ministry of
Health and Welfare, nearly 1,500 cases of abandoned old picture restoration infants and infanticides have been reported in the past 11 years, including nearly 1,400 cases of abandoned infants and more than 100 cases of infanticide. In 2021, a total of 415 children were adopted, reaching the lowest record in the past year. Compared with 2,464 children in 2011 10 years ago, it has been reduced to less than one-fifth. According to Korean media analysis, in addition to the increase in the burden of adoptive families, the adoption of special law The impact of the revision is also considerable.
Wu Qinghe, a representative of the National Association of Adoptive Families, pointed out that after the law was revised in 2012, the number of abandoned children increased significantly, most likely because of the requirement to declare real names. "Although the intention to amend the law is good, it is for the adopted children to find a way to find their biological parents in the future," Wu Qinghe said, "but many children's biological mothers are underage pregnancy, unmarried pregnancy, consanguineous pregnancy, etc., and follow normal procedures for their children.