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Eckerle Advocacy In South Korea

Judy Eckerle traveled to South Korea in May 2012 to discuss the state of orphans and adoptees in Korea and abroad. There, she met with officials from South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare, embassy and other official bodies.

L to R: Susan Cox (Children's Home Society and Family Services, Mr. Yoo (former Vice Minister
of Health and Welfare), Judy Eckerle, and Alex Kang (Hyundai Corporation).

While in South Korea, Dr. Eckerle also attended National Adoption Day where her pediatrician mentor, Dr. Cho, won an Angel Award for dedication to children awaiting families.

Dr. Cho, recipient of an Angel Award, has dedicated her life to orphans in Korea. Photo courtesy of Melinda Dionne.

Others at National Adoption Day included Steve Morrison, the founder of Mission to Promote Adoption in Korea (, who was himself an international adoptee to the USA and has returned many times to Korea to help promote open and transparent adoption and to decrease the shame and secrecy in adoption. 

Steve Morrison, founder of, pictured here with two children who were adopted in Korea
by Korean families and are proudly helping to decrease the stigma of adoption in South Korea 

Dr. Eckerle's annual trips to South Korea to advocate for adoptees is part of the International Adoption Clinic's mission to advocate for the health and well being of children worldwide.