Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are cancelling this event.
For those of you interested in utilizing the DNA testing services via Korea's National Center for the Rights of the Child (NCRC) and the Korean National Police (KNP), the Korean Consulate in Boston has graciously offered us a weekend time to meet with their staff to fill out the initial petition form to start the process.
Our time slot is from 10:30-11AM on Saturday, April 4th. They will have the forms ready for us, and we can fill them out there, and then they will forward it on to the NCRC.
Please note that no DNA testing will be done at this meeting. The process is that interested parties need to fill out the initial form, which is then sent to the NCRC in Seoul for review, and then the NCRC needs to approve the application before the Consulate can collect a DNA sample. If you are approved, you and the Consulate will be notified and then you can need to make arrangements directly with the Consulate to return for sample collection. The full process can be found below.
The Korean Consulate Boston's jurisdiction covers all of New England except for CT (they fall under New York's jurisdiction). As long as you live in the 5 non-CT NE states, you can participate in the program via Boston.
Their office is going to be open for the overseas election for the Korean Congress, and they're expecting a couple hundred people to pass through over the course of 48 hrs. Because of that and COVID-19, they're requesting that, if you have a face mask, to bring it with you/wear it (they'll also have a few there).
Here's the original post to BKA's FB page about the process. The visit to the Consulate on April 4th will be to do step #1.
The Korean Consulate in Boston has notified us that they have received DNA testing kits from the Korean National Police (equivalent to the FBI) to be used to collect DNA from interested adoptees. The samples will be sent to the Korean National Police, who will compare them against the National Missing Persons Database and, if it results in a match, will help facilitate a reunion.
Here is the procedure:
1. The adoptee fills out a petition form for birth family research. The person would send the form directly via email to National Center for the Rights of the Child (NCRC), which is based in Seoul. This procedure is a formality to rule out any other record-searching methods.
2. The NCRC returns a 'no record found' response to the adoptee, and sends a diplomatic cable authorizing the Consulate to collect DNA sample.
3. The adoptee comes in to the Boston Consulate, fills out another form to consent the collection, then DNA is collected by Consulate staff.
4. The Consulate sends it to Korean National Police to have the DNA sample registered to the database of missing persons.
5. If a possible match is found, the police will ask for another DNA sample to make a definitive match.
6. If the DNA sample is a definite match, the NCRC will follow up with the adoptee to make arrangements for a reunion.
Both the DNA process outline and the form to step 1 to the files section in this group.
The Korean Consulate Boston has graciously offered these services to the BKA KAD community. They are willing to assist those interested with filling out the form. They are also the site where the DNA samples will be collected. They currently have 30 kits onsite, but can request more if the interest is high.
Adoptees under 18 are eligible for this program as well, with the submission of the following in addition to the initiation/request form: (1) Consent letter from adopted parents (2) Adoption document that clearly shows the relationship between the adoptee and parents (3) Copy of ID for adopted parents.