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Adoption dispute: Evanston couple must give up Korean baby

An Evanston couple has lost their bid to keep a 9-month-old Korean girl whom they’ve raised since shortly after she was born.

Baby Sehwa will be sent back to her native South Korea on Wednesday, to be placed with a family there.

 

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An Evanston couple has lost their bid to keep a 9-month old Korean girl whom they’ve raised since shortly after she was born.

Baby Sehwa will be sent back to her native South Korea on Wednesday, to be placed with a family there.

Jinshil and Christopher Duquet’s adoption of little Sehwa was declared unlawful  after South Korea challenged their case.

The Duquets say they relied on bad legal advice and thought they were participating in a lawful private adoption of the baby.

The South Korean government challenged their legal claims and won in the courts.

The baby’s biological mother and grandparents relinquished all rights to the Duquets, and do not want the child back. The girls’ mother, who lives in a homeless shelter for unwed mothers, has reportedly given birth to another child.

The Duquets have said if they must say goodbye to Sehwa, they intend to do it privately.

An Evanston couple has lost their bid to keep a 9-month old Korean girl whom they’ve raised since shortly after she was born.
Jinshil and Christopher Duquet’s adoption of Sehwa was declared unlawful after South Korea challenged their case.
The Duquets say they relied on bad legal advice and thought they were participating in a lawful private adoption of the baby.
Baby Sehwa will be sent back to South Korea on Wednesday to be placed with a family there.

A setback today for Evanston couple trying to keep a baby they brought home from South Korea.

A federal judge today terminated an order that gave possession of 7-month-old Sehwa to Christopher and Jinshil Duquet.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement now has control over Sehwa while her immigration status is determined.

The South Korean government says the Duquets did not go through proper channels and wants the girl returned.

The Duquets want to formally adopt the child.

A couple from Evanston will go to federal court this morning to fight for the baby girl they adopted from South Korea.

evanstonadoptiondisputeLittle Sehwa Kim arrived in Chicago with her new family last June; but now South Korean officials say her adoptive parents, Jinshil and Christopher Duquet,  sidestepped Korean adoption laws because the South Korean government told them they were too old to adopt children.

The Duquets say their South Korean lawyer misled them; in any event, they say the best thing for Sehwa is to stay with them, and the girl’s birth mother supports the private adoption.

South Korea wants her back; the Duquets say their daughter has become a pawn because South Korea opposes all American adoptions of Korean children.

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