Description:LGA monthly contributor (and mild mannered) Shelise Gieseke talks about her recent, not-so-pleasant and frustrating experience with Eastern Social Welfare Society (ESWS) and Children’s Home Society & Family Services (CHSFS).
Topics Covered: Birth family search, GOA’L, Korea Central Adoption Resource (KCARE), Eastern Social Welfare Society (ESWS), Children’s Home Society & Family Services (CHSFS), responsibilities of adoption agencies.
Additional Note: A couple of weeks ago we reached out to the Children’s Home Society & Family Services (CHSFS) leadership, offering the agency the opportunity to respond to conversations like this podcast. Believe it or not, but we here at LGA want to be fair. The leadership declined the invitation.
It’s so frustrating and discouraging to listen this. Since my adoptive parents didn’t go through an agency, I’ve never had to deal with them. Long ago, I use to think it might have made my own search easier if they had. I guess that just depends, now doesn’t it? Maybe I’m over-simplifying it, but to me, it’s just common sense that adult adoptees (whether domestic or international) should have access to and control of their own records. Duh?