Some of the big changes are:
- Birthmothers must wait 7 days before relinquishing the babies for adoption: this sure seems tough. In the US the waiting period is 24-72 hours. It's unclear in this article if the birthmothers in Korea will remain in contact with the babies during this waiting period.
- Domestic adoptions will be on the public record: this seems like the biggest and most potentially problematic rule change. Adoption in Korea is still quite secretive and the majority of the adoptive parents there do not tell family or children about the adoption. So if the adoption is now a public record, will it make Koreans less inclined to do it? This would have the exact opposite result that the government has been aiming for which is to promote domestic adoption.