The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) called a meeting yesterday with all three intercountry adoption agencies after a prolonged delays in approving the EPs due to the incident related to the death of Hyunsu O'Callaghan.
I am told that after the meeting, the long delayed EP process may flow again. However, one of the most notable decision of the meeting was to instruct Holt to end its relationship with the Catholic Charities, as they will no longer be able to place children from Korea. The other decision was only to work with the agencies that have received the Hague accreditations.
The fact of the matter is that most of the agencies that Holt, Eastern and SWS work with, whether they be in the US or Europe, already have accreditations from Hague. It was MOHW's concern that in the past some of the home studies might have been conducted by non-Hague accredited agencies, and this is unacceptable from now on.
But my heart goes out to the Catholic Charities, a fine agency with great people, have received much of the blame for the death of Hyunsu along with Holt. Catholic Charities, a Hague accredited agency, is really being punished by the MOHW. It is one of those things where someone must take the blame, and the Ministry's axe fell on them. There is a rumor floating around, that perhaps four other agencies in the US or Europe will loose their privileges in placing children from Korea, but nothing firm has been decided on this yet.
Some waiting parents, whose cases have been submitted to the court, have pulled out of the program, unable to endure the painful delays. I am thinking perhaps the additional headaches of going through the battery of psychological tests might have been too much for them. But I sincerely wish they hadn't, and still wish they would change their minds. They need to focus on the children they are adopting, and think nothing else.
I am told that the Ministry will shortly begin the EP process again, but what other technical delays that may rise is anyone's guess.