The older they are, the cuter they ain't. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22895238-663,00.html December 10, 2007 12:00am A SENIOR European diplomat in Hong Kong has promoted outrage by giving up the seven-year-old Korean girl he adopted with his wife as a baby. The unnamed diplomat handed the girl to social workers in Hong Kong, saying the adoption had not worked out. The man and his wife adopted the girl as a four-month-old in Korea, where he was working at the time, when they thought they could not conceive. The wife since had two children and decided to hand the girl to social workers because the diplomat said the adoption had gone wrong, the Sunday Morning Post reported. Social workers and Hong Kong's Korean community are trying to find a home for the girl, who is in the care of an expatriate foster family. The girl, who speaks English and Cantonese but not Korean, is neither a citizen of her adoptive parents' country nor a Hong Kong resident, so her future in the territory is uncertain. The diplomat told the newspaper his family was struggling to cope with their decision and said his wife was having therapy after giving up the girl last year. "It's just a very terrible trauma that everyone's experiencing," he said. "My foreign ministry knows about my situation. I have also been in touch with the Hong Kong Government and they have been very helpful to me and so has my own employer." The plight of the girl, described as healthy and happy, has sparked anger among members of Hong Kong's Korean community, many of whom flooded the country's consulate with offers of help. In Korea, parents cannot return adopted children, but no such law exists in Hong Kong.