Evanston couple in international adoption dispute

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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.