I watched Storyline Australia on SBS last night and was sobbing so much my tissue was completely soaked and I couldn’t drag myself away to get another one. It was about an Australian couple who couldn’t have children of their own so they decided to adopt a baby – a Korean baby. I actually missed the first half hour because I watched Absolutely Fabulous but caught the last half hour of Storyline. The couple that adopted baby Jeong so obviously really wanted a baby of their own and also wanted to find out all about him and his culture – not just grab the baby and run back to Australia.
What made it so heart wrenching for me was that Jeong was available for adoption because single mums over there have no government support whatsoever and simply cannot keep babies they have by themselves. It made me think that if I lived in another place like Korea I possible would have been in the same boat and would not have Jaycee Junior with me now. It was sad enough hearing that but then it was even sadder watching the foster mother giving Jeong up to his new parents. She’d had him for nearly six months and with her two other children and husband had formed a very close bond and I was sobbing as much as her when the time came to give him to his new parents.