S. Korea Helps Reunite 33 Lost Children and Overseas Adoptees with Families Through DNA

24 December 2021

SEOUL, Dec. 24 (Korea Bizwire) – The state-run National Center for the Rights of the Child said Thursday that it had found and reunited 33 children who have been missing for a long time with their families through DNA tests.

This achievement is the result of a joint campaign to find missing children that has been promoted by many companies and institutions and eventually led such children and their families to register their DNA.

In fact, there was a case in which a missing child without surviving relatives or family members who grew up in an orphanage during childhood visited a police station to register his DNA after seeing an ad displayed on a beverage delivery truck.

The DNA of missing children and their families can be registered after they visit the women and youth division or the criminal affairs division of the police stations across the country and apply for a genetic analysis that can be completed through the collection of a gene specimen.

Through the tests, the center registers and manages the DNA of missing children and their parents looking for them through the ‘missing children management system.’

During the period from 2004 to the present, 38,065 DNA records from missing children and 39,019 from parents looking for them have been registered in the database.