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Korean adoption cut hits Aussie families

September 16, 2006 - 11:06PM
South Korea has suspended adoptions, creating uncertainty for Australian families waiting for a child.

The NSW Department of Community Services (DOCS) confirmed the suspension but said it was only temporary, Fairfax reports.

All applications already received by Korean authorities would be processed, a DOCS spokeswoman said.

"The Korean program has been a very smooth process but the birth rate has been down and they've been placing babies locally," she said.

"At this stage it hasn't been closed and we see ups and downs in other countries all the time.

"But Korea has never hidden the fact that they planned to become a country that has no inter-country [adoptions] because they are aiming to provide for their own people."

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