Korean Adoptee Uses DNA to Demand Paternity Information

Kara Bos has been on a search for three years to find her biological family.

Kara was abandoned at two years old in Goesan, South Korea. Adopted at three years old in 1984 by loving parents, Kara was mostly disinterested in finding her birth family. But when Kara became a mother and her daughter approached the same age as when she was abandoned, Kara couldn’t understand why her mother would give her up. Kara began an intense search to find her parents.

Kara researched adoptee forums on Facebook, adoptee rights organizations, and online genealogy platforms. She took DNA tests through Family Tree DNA, then uploaded the results to MyHeritage. Then the waiting began.

A few years later, Kara learned she had been matched with a relative—her nephew, or the grandson of her biological father. However, Kara was met with resistance to reaching her father by her nephew’s mother and aunts (her presumed half-sisters), and Kara filed a lawsuit which resulted in a court-ordered paternity test.

Kara briefly met her father on his apartment doorstep, who brushed her aside and has had no further contact. The DNA test did confirm, however, that he was Kara’s biological father.

The lawsuit, if ruled in favor of Kara, would reward Kara with legal recognition as her Korean father’s daughter, officially being entered into his family registry. It’s the first of its kind, and could set a new precedent for information gained from DNA tests.

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