Pastor Lee talks about his “baby box,” which he set up seven years ago.
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Boxed in: South Korea child law sees more babies abandonedThe young woman labored up the steps, past brightly decorated walls akin to a child's nursery, her daughter in her arms. The number of abandoned babies has jumped in recent years in the wake of a law intended to protect children.On one occasion, a young couple brought in a baby covered in dust.In 2010, its first year of operations, just four babies were placed in the box. But two years later the country adopted a law banning adoption agencies accepting undocumented babies, in line with the Hague Convention, which aims to give adoptive children the right to trace their birth parents. International adoptions slumped by three-quarters in the wake of the 2012 law – which tightened requirements from parents – going from 916 the previous year to 236 in 2013 .Now Seoul says it aims to ratify the Hague Convention, which says children should preferably be adopted by families in their home country, by the end of the year.Officials say that will see authorities regulate all stages of the adoption process, including the reasons children are given up, the qualifications of adopting parents, and ensuring that as adults, adoptees will be able to trace their birth families.
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