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Adoption Links D.C.

region Served 

Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland

Year Founded

2002

IKAA Member Since

2012

Mission Statement

To connect International adult adoptees in Washington D.C., Maryland, Northern Virginia and their respective surrounding areas and to create and maintain professional relationships with other regional and global support groups for International adoptees. Our focus is aimed toward bringing together International adult adoptees in the mid-Atlantic region to share our experiences, with other adoptees and non-adoptees alike, and to provide networking resources and support through social events and cultural activities.

Brief History

Adoption Links, DC was founded in November 8, 2002 as a response to interest in creating a support group and community for adult adoptees in the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan. Originally, Adoption Links started as an offshoot from the first official Gathering in Washington DC. Adoption Links, DC has been an active social group that has had many events consisting of dinners, social outings, panel discussions, and documentary screenings. We have also promoted international adoption groups and enjoyed networking with other cultural, professional, and recreational interest groups throughout the DC metro. Adoption Links, DC is in the process of obtaining a 501(c)(3) status.

Regular Activities

Monthly social gatherings to include dinners and sporting events. Documentary showings. Joint regional events with the Korean Adoptee Association of Philadelphia and Also-Known-As New York. Partnership, co-hosting, or support of various jointly ventured events with local professional, academic, and adoption focus groups.

Adoption Links D.C.

region Served 

Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland

Year Founded

2002

IKAA Member Since

2012

Mission Statement

To connect International adult adoptees in Washington D.C., Maryland, Northern Virginia and their respective surrounding areas and to create and maintain professional relationships with other regional and global support groups for International adoptees. Our focus is aimed toward bringing together International adult adoptees in the mid-Atlantic region to share our experiences, with other adoptees and non-adoptees alike, and to provide networking resources and support through social events and cultural activities.

Brief History

Adoption Links, DC was founded in November 8, 2002 as a response to interest in creating a support group and community for adult adoptees in the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan. Originally, Adoption Links started as an offshoot from the first official Gathering in Washington DC. Adoption Links, DC has been an active social group that has had many events consisting of dinners, social outings, panel discussions, and documentary screenings. We have also promoted international adoption groups and enjoyed networking with other cultural, professional, and recreational interest groups throughout the DC metro. Adoption Links, DC is in the process of obtaining a 501(c)(3) status.

Regular Activities

Monthly social gatherings to include dinners and sporting events. Documentary showings. Joint regional events with the Korean Adoptee Association of Philadelphia and Also-Known-As New York. Partnership, co-hosting, or support of various jointly ventured events with local professional, academic, and adoption focus groups.

AK Connection MN, USA

region Served

Minnesota, USA

Year Founded

2000

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

The mission of AK Connection is to be a resource for Adult Korean Adoptees in Minnesota by providing information and building a supportive community.
  1. Provide this website that displays current information and resources of interest to Adult Korean Adoptees in Minnesota.
  2. Host educational, cultural, and social events or activities to foster friendship, networking, and support for the various needs and interests in our community.

Brief History

Since 2000, AK Connection has served as a resource for Adult Korean Adoptees in Minnesota. By providing relevant information and building a supportive community, we are here to serve you! We welcome all of the Adult Korean Adoptee community, plus their friends and family to join us in continuing the tradition of creating a supportive community for all Adult Korean Adoptees. Our hope is that you’ll use this website and our organizations events as reliable resources for connecting with one another.

Regular Activities

  • Korean holidays such as Seollal and Chuseok
  • Social gatherings for families
  • Educational lectures by researchers of Korean adoption issues by Korean adoptees

AK Connection MN, USA

region Served

Minnesota, USA

Year Founded

2000

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

The mission of AK Connection is to be a resource for Adult Korean Adoptees in Minnesota by providing information and building a supportive community.
  1. Provide this website that displays current information and resources of interest to Adult Korean Adoptees in Minnesota.
  2. Host educational, cultural, and social events or activities to foster friendship, networking, and support for the various needs and interests in our community.

Brief History

Since 2000, AK Connection has served as a resource for Adult Korean Adoptees in Minnesota. By providing relevant information and building a supportive community, we are here to serve you! We welcome all of the Adult Korean Adoptee community, plus their friends and family to join us in continuing the tradition of creating a supportive community for all Adult Korean Adoptees. Our hope is that you’ll use this website and our organizations events as reliable resources for connecting with one another.

Regular Activities

  • Korean holidays such as Seollal and Chuseok
  • Social gatherings for families
  • Educational lectures by researchers of Korean adoption issues by Korean adoptees

Also-Known-As, Inc. NY, NJ, CT, USA

region Served 

New York, NY

Year Founded

1996

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

The mission of Also-Known-As, Inc. is to empower the voice of adult international adoptees, build cultural bridges, transform perceptions of race, and acknowledge the loss of the birth country, culture, language and biological family experienced by international adoptees.

Brief History

Recognizing the invaluable resource and experience of adult intercountry adoptees, in May of 1996, a small group of Korean adoptees in the New York metropolitan area began planning a mentorship program. Since then our mission and programs have expanded to include not only the experiences of Korean-born intercountry adoptees and families, but all families created by intercountry adoption. At the heart of the organization are adult adoptees and friends who give a voice to the international adoptee community by providing innovative post adoption services, educational programs, and community building activities, serving those on their adoption life journey.

Regular Programs, Activities and Events

  • Youth Mentorship Program (ages 7-12)
  • Teen Mentorship Program (ages 13-18)
  • Adoption Forums
  • Annual BBQ
  • Monthly Social Events
  • Language Classes
  • Speakers Bureau (educational opportunities for adoptees, adoption professionals and perspective and adoptive parents)
  • Cultural Events & Activities
  • Resources for Korean language programs
  • Joint activities with local Korean American organizations that provide networking opportunities

Also-Known-As, Inc. NY, NJ, CT, USA

region Served 

New York, NY

Year Founded

1996

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

The mission of Also-Known-As, Inc. is to empower the voice of adult international adoptees, build cultural bridges, transform perceptions of race, and acknowledge the loss of the birth country, culture, language and biological family experienced by international adoptees.

Brief History

Recognizing the invaluable resource and experience of adult intercountry adoptees, in May of 1996, a small group of Korean adoptees in the New York metropolitan area began planning a mentorship program. Since then our mission and programs have expanded to include not only the experiences of Korean-born intercountry adoptees and families, but all families created by intercountry adoption. At the heart of the organization are adult adoptees and friends who give a voice to the international adoptee community by providing innovative post adoption services, educational programs, and community building activities, serving those on their adoption life journey.

Regular Programs, Activities and Events

  • Youth Mentorship Program (ages 7-12)
  • Teen Mentorship Program (ages 13-18)
  • Adoption Forums
  • Annual BBQ
  • Monthly Social Events
  • Language Classes
  • Speakers Bureau (educational opportunities for adoptees, adoption professionals and perspective and adoptive parents)
  • Cultural Events & Activities
  • Resources for Korean language programs
  • Joint activities with local Korean American organizations that provide networking opportunities

AKASF CA, USA

region Served 

San Francisco Bay Area

Year Founded

1997

IKAA Member Since

2017

Mission Statement

The Association of Korean Adoptees San Francisco (AKASF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the San Francisco Bay Area Korean Adoptee community. Our mission is to support, educate, and foster community, inspiring people on their life journeys. Our community is diverse and we seek to validate and share these diverse experiences.

Brief History

In 1997, AKASF began helping adopted Koreans find one another and connect to their Korean heritage, culture, and birthland. Early activities included sharing our experiences by speaking on panels, “Playshops” with adopted children, dragon-boating, and co-sponsoring screenings of groundbreaking films by Deann Borshay Liem. AKASF hosted its 20th Anniversary and the IKAA Annual Convention in the fall of 2017, bringing together over 230 participants. As a newer IKAA organization, we look forward to providing meaningful services/events and continued leadership to the local adoptee community and IKAA.

Regular Programs, Activities and Events

  • Monthly meet up events, which have included: writing workshop, summer picnic, Korean cooking class, holiday dinner, adoptee discussion groups, Film screenings, Korean Heritage Night with the SF Giants, and more.
  • Collaboration and participation with local organizations that support the Adoptee and / or Korean American Community.
  • Scholarship support for local Korean language programs.

AKASF CA, USA

region Served 

San Francisco Bay Area

Year Founded

1997

IKAA Member Since

2017

Mission Statement

The Association of Korean Adoptees San Francisco (AKASF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the San Francisco Bay Area Korean Adoptee community. Our mission is to support, educate, and foster community, inspiring people on their life journeys. Our community is diverse and we seek to validate and share these diverse experiences.

Brief History

In 1997, AKASF began helping adopted Koreans find one another and connect to their Korean heritage, culture, and birthland. Early activities included sharing our experiences by speaking on panels, “Playshops” with adopted children, dragon-boating, and co-sponsoring screenings of groundbreaking films by Deann Borshay Liem. AKASF hosted its 20th Anniversary and the IKAA Annual Convention in the fall of 2017, bringing together over 230 participants. As a newer IKAA organization, we look forward to providing meaningful services/events and continued leadership to the local adoptee community and IKAA.

Regular Programs, Activities and Events

  • Monthly meet up events, which have included: writing workshop, summer picnic, Korean cooking class, holiday dinner, adoptee discussion groups, Film screenings, Korean Heritage Night with the SF Giants, and more.
  • Collaboration and participation with local organizations that support the Adoptee and / or Korean American Community.
  • Scholarship support for local Korean language programs.

Tommy Gentzel

Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington WA, USA

region Served 

Washington State

Year Founded

1996

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington (AAAW) is a resource that provides mentoring, fellowship and educational opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander adoptees and their community. Based in Seattle, AAAW is a federal 501(c)(3) status nonprofit organization led by an all-volunteer board of directors.

Brief History

On December 7, 1996, a group of adult adoptees met for dinner in Seattle to discuss the potential for an adoptee organization. Although this was the first time some of the adoptees had met, a need for camaraderie and support among adult adoptees was identified. At that time, a network for adult adoptees in Washington did not exist. Over the years, AAAW has grown and become more involved with other Asian Adoptee organizations nationally and internationally.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Spring Potluck
  • Summer Family BBQ
  • Holiday Cocktail Party
  • Monthly dinners
  • Film Festivals/Movie Screenings
  • Dialogue Series
  • Dodgeball Tournament with AKAP
  • Adoptee Mentorship Program

Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington WA, USA

region Served 

Washington State

Year Founded

1996

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington (AAAW) is a resource that provides mentoring, fellowship and educational opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander adoptees and their community. Based in Seattle, AAAW is a federal 501(c)(3) status nonprofit organization led by an all-volunteer board of directors.

Brief History

On December 7, 1996, a group of adult adoptees met for dinner in Seattle to discuss the potential for an adoptee organization. Although this was the first time some of the adoptees had met, a need for camaraderie and support among adult adoptees was identified. At that time, a network for adult adoptees in Washington did not exist. Over the years, AAAW has grown and become more involved with other Asian Adoptee organizations nationally and internationally.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Spring Potluck
  • Summer Family BBQ
  • Holiday Cocktail Party
  • Monthly dinners
  • Film Festivals/Movie Screenings
  • Dialogue Series
  • Dodgeball Tournament with AKAP
  • Adoptee Mentorship Program

Korean Adoptees of Hawaii HI, USA

region Served 

Hawaii

Year Founded

2006

IKAA Member Since

2009

Mission Statement

Korean Adoptees of Hawai’i, Inc. (KAHI), is a nonprofit organization founded upon the experiences of adult Korean adoptees, working to build a supportive community in Hawai’i through public outreach, networking, education and sharing resources. KAHI believes in fostering awareness about adoption and identity, recognizing that we, as a community, can extend our reach beyond what we can accomplish individually.

Brief History

KAHI’s inaugural meeting took place in Honolulu in March 2006, with just four members present. By our next meeting in April, our group had doubled in size to eight. Since then, thanks to our members’ hard work and grassroots community-building efforts, KAHI has grown into an ‘ohana of more than 50 locally plus many more globally with ties to Hawai’i, and we aim to expand our reach, programs and membership as our family further establishes itself.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Monthly Dinners
  • Annual Membership Meeting
  • Talk-Story Sessions
  • Birth Search Workshop
  • Korean Cultural Events, including Temple Visit, Tea Ceremony, and Cooking
  • Outdoor Activities, including Hiking & Beach Day
  • Film and Discussion
  • Chuseok Event
  • Lunar New Year
  • Korean Festival
  • Mentorship Program
  • Partnership Events with other Local Korean American and Adoption Organizations
  • IKAA Gathering and Film Festival 2008 & 2015 — Host & Organizer

Korean Adoptees of Hawaii HI, USA

region Served 

Hawaii

Year Founded

2006

IKAA Member Since

2009

Mission Statement

Korean Adoptees of Hawai’i, Inc. (KAHI), is a nonprofit organization founded upon the experiences of adult Korean adoptees, working to build a supportive community in Hawai’i through public outreach, networking, education and sharing resources. KAHI believes in fostering awareness about adoption and identity, recognizing that we, as a community, can extend our reach beyond what we can accomplish individually.

Brief History

KAHI’s inaugural meeting took place in Honolulu in March 2006, with just four members present. By our next meeting in April, our group had doubled in size to eight. Since then, thanks to our members’ hard work and grassroots community-building efforts, KAHI has grown into an ‘ohana of more than 50 locally plus many more globally with ties to Hawai’i, and we aim to expand our reach, programs and membership as our family further establishes itself.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Monthly Dinners
  • Annual Membership Meeting
  • Talk-Story Sessions
  • Birth Search Workshop
  • Korean Cultural Events, including Temple Visit, Tea Ceremony, and Cooking
  • Outdoor Activities, including Hiking & Beach Day
  • Film and Discussion
  • Chuseok Event
  • Lunar New Year
  • Korean Festival
  • Mentorship Program
  • Partnership Events with other Local Korean American and Adoption Organizations
  • IKAA Gathering and Film Festival 2008 & 2015 — Host & Organizer

Aimee Doud

Peter Savasta

Korean Adoptees of Chicago IL, USA

region Served 

Chicagoland Area

Year Founded

2008

IKAA Member Since

2015

Mission Statement

Korean Adoptees of Chicago (KAtCH) exists to serve Adult Korean Adoptees in the Chicagoland area. KAtCH also promotes education and awareness about issues surrounding transracial, international adoption and multicultural issues.

Brief History

In February 2008, KAtCH was founded by Kim Langrehr, Anne Mills, and Katie Stefani. These three adult adoptees met each other at the International Korean Adoptee Association’s (IKAA) Mini-Gathering that took place in Las Vegas, NV in January 2008. After connecting at the IKAA Mini-Gathering they began to build the adult Korean adoptee community that is now known as KAtCH – Korean Adoptees of Chicago. In May of 2009, we became registered as an Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporation. We are currently in the process of becoming registered as a federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization with the IRS.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Adoptee Playshops: KAtCH Members as adult volunteers with young adoptee groups and participating in group discussions with adoptive parents.
  • Movie Nights: Adoptee movie screenings, followed by discussion.
  • Panel Discussions
  • Monthly Social Dinners
  • Mentorship Program
  • Cooking Classes / Exploring Korean Cuisine
  • Events in Partnership with Local Korean Organizations and Events

Korean Adoptees of Chicago IL, USA

region Served 

Chicagoland Area

Year Founded

2008

IKAA Member Since

2015

Mission Statement

Korean Adoptees of Chicago (KAtCH) exists to serve Adult Korean Adoptees in the Chicagoland area. KAtCH also promotes education and awareness about issues surrounding transracial, international adoption and multicultural issues.

Brief History

In February 2008, KAtCH was founded by Kim Langrehr, Anne Mills, and Katie Stefani. These three adult adoptees met each other at the International Korean Adoptee Association’s (IKAA) Mini-Gathering that took place in Las Vegas, NV in January 2008. After connecting at the IKAA Mini-Gathering they began to build the adult Korean adoptee community that is now known as KAtCH – Korean Adoptees of Chicago. In May of 2009, we became registered as an Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporation. We are currently in the process of becoming registered as a federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization with the IRS.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Adoptee Playshops: KAtCH Members as adult volunteers with young adoptee groups and participating in group discussions with adoptive parents.
  • Movie Nights: Adoptee movie screenings, followed by discussion.
  • Panel Discussions
  • Monthly Social Dinners
  • Mentorship Program
  • Cooking Classes / Exploring Korean Cuisine
  • Events in Partnership with Local Korean Organizations and Events

Chris Detrych

Taneka Jennings

Adopterade Koreaners Förening (AKF)
SWEDEN

region Served 

Stockholm, Skåne and Gothenburg

Year Founded

1986

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

The purpose of AKF is to create a meeting place for adopted Koreans and enable exchange of experiences and insights into the unique fact of being adopted from Korea. AKF strives to promote interest in Korea and Korean culture, while supporting international co-operation between adopted Koreans. The association has also established a child fund for orphans in Korea.

Brief History

The Adopted Koreans’ Association in Sweden (AKF – Adopterade Koreaners Förening) was founded in Stockholm on the 19th November 1986 as the first association of its kind in the world. In the beginning AKF was more of a social club but as the organization and its members matured, issues such as identity and cultural heritage have come into focus. Today AKF is organizing around 200 Korean adoptees across Sweden and has a strong relationship to the Korean residents in Sweden.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Conferences on adoption and Korea related issues
  • Funding of projects that benefit the adoptee community
  • Summer schools for adoptees
  • Cultural events
  • Workshops on adoptee perspectives
  • Social events, celebration of Chuseok, Seollal and Swedish holidays

Publications

Quarterly members’ magazine called Um & Yang

Adopterade Koreaners Förening (AKF)
SWEDEN

region Served 

Stockholm, Skåne and Gothenburg

Year Founded

1986

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

The purpose of AKF is to create a meeting place for adopted Koreans and enable exchange of experiences and insights into the unique fact of being adopted from Korea. AKF strives to promote interest in Korea and Korean culture, while supporting international co-operation between adopted Koreans. The association has also established a child fund for orphans in Korea.

Brief History

The Adopted Koreans’ Association in Sweden (AKF – Adopterade Koreaners Förening) was founded in Stockholm on the 19th November 1986 as the first association of its kind in the world. In the beginning AKF was more of a social club but as the organization and its members matured, issues such as identity and cultural heritage have come into focus. Today AKF is organizing around 200 Korean adoptees across Sweden and has a strong relationship to the Korean residents in Sweden.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Conferences on adoption and Korea related issues
  • Funding of projects that benefit the adoptee community
  • Summer schools for adoptees
  • Cultural events
  • Workshops on adoptee perspectives
  • Social events, celebration of Chuseok, Seollal and Swedish holidays

Publications

Quarterly members’ magazine called Um & Yang

Lisa Dahlgren

Per Branevig

Arierang
NETHERLANDS

region Served

Netherlands

Year Founded

1991

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

Arierang (아리랑) aims to represent the interests of Korean adoptees living in the Netherlands and their families; in the broadest sense.

Arierang supports research on adult adoptees and the importance of post adoption services on national and international level. Our extended network includes adoption-agencies, Korean companies and government bodies, research and counseling institutes and (inter)national adoptee associations. We also improve the visibility of adoptees in the Netherlands and their specific needs and circumstances by involvement in special art projects and finding media exposure.

Brief History

Arierang was founded in february of 1991 by a group of about 30 Dutch adoptees. Since then over 1200 of the approximately 4000 Korean adoptees in the Netherlands have been in contact with Arierang. Arierang has strong bonds with Dutch as well as Korean organizations either commercial businesses and not-for-profit or governmental organizations.
Arierang consists of a minimum of 3 board members (the chairman, the secretary and the treasurer). The board is supported by a number of committees. Arierang is entirely volunteer based.

Founded in 1991, Arierang has seen approximately about more than 1,000 Korean adoptees through the last 25 years. The first generation of Korean adoptees has reached the 50s and the youngest generation is still in their early childhood. Arierang has struggled with changing of board members many times and still depends on the unpaid volunteering efforts of her members. Furthermore, the financial position depends on the membership fees, donations and gifts. Many Korean adoptees in the Netherlands shared their experiences as a Korean adoptee with each other and made friends for life. Most important is, there is such an association as Arierang where Korean adoptees can meet any time when they want and when they reach that point in their life they start getting interested in discovering their Korean adoptee identity and decide to meet with other Korean adoptees.

Activities & Services

  • 3-monthly meet-ups in a different province each time.
  • Children’s activities take place once or twice a year.
  • New members are welcomed once or twice a year at a special Introduction Day.
  • Adoption related discussions and or movie screenings take place regularly. We try to match up every event with an adoption related discussion or lecture when possible.
  • Sometimes we meet just for fun and go cooking, something sporty or nerdy.
  • Seollal (Korean New Year | 설날) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving | 추석) are celebrated each year, often in collaboration with the Korean Society in the Netherlands.

Publications

  • A beautiful magazine called Uri Shinmun (our newspaper | 우리 신문). The Uri Shinmun team is independent of the Arierang Board to support their objectivity and to prevent censorship.
  • There is also the Arierang newsletter which you can signup for at our website.

Arierang
NETHERLANDS

region Served

Netherlands

Year Founded

1991

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

Arierang (아리랑) aims to represent the interests of Korean adoptees living in the Netherlands and their families; in the broadest sense.

Arierang supports research on adult adoptees and the importance of post adoption services on national and international level. Our extended network includes adoption-agencies, Korean companies and government bodies, research and counseling institutes and (inter)national adoptee associations. We also improve the visibility of adoptees in the Netherlands and their specific needs and circumstances by involvement in special art projects and finding media exposure.

Brief History

Arierang was founded in february of 1991 by a group of about 30 Dutch adoptees. Since then over 1200 of the approximately 4000 Korean adoptees in the Netherlands have been in contact with Arierang. Arierang has strong bonds with Dutch as well as Korean organizations either commercial businesses and not-for-profit or governmental organizations.
Arierang consists of a minimum of 3 board members (the chairman, the secretary and the treasurer). The board is supported by a number of committees. Arierang is entirely volunteer based.

Founded in 1991, Arierang has seen approximately about more than 1,000 Korean adoptees through the last 25 years. The first generation of Korean adoptees has reached the 50s and the youngest generation is still in their early childhood. Arierang has struggled with changing of board members many times and still depends on the unpaid volunteering efforts of her members. Furthermore, the financial position depends on the membership fees, donations and gifts. Many Korean adoptees in the Netherlands shared their experiences as a Korean adoptee with each other and made friends for life. Most important is, there is such an association as Arierang where Korean adoptees can meet any time when they want and when they reach that point in their life they start getting interested in discovering their Korean adoptee identity and decide to meet with other Korean adoptees.

Activities & Services

  • Quarterly meet-ups in a different province each time.
  • Children’s activities take place once or twice a year.
  • New members are welcomed once or twice a year at a special Introduction Day.
  • Adoption related discussions and or movie screenings take place regularly. We try to match up every event with an adoption related discussion or lecture when possible.
  • Sometimes we meet just for fun and go cooking, something sporty or nerdy.
  • Seollal (Korean New Year | 설날) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving | 추석) are celebrated each year, often in collaboration with the Korean Society in the Netherlands.

Publications

  • A beautiful magazine called Uri Shinmun (our newspaper | 우리 신문). The Uri Shinmun team is independent of the Arierang Board to support their objectivity and to prevent censorship.
  • There is also the Arierang newsletter which you can signup for at our website.

Belgian Adoptees from Korea
BELGIUM

region Served 

Belgium

Year Founded

2013

IKAA Member Since

2014

Mission Statement

The mission of B.A.K. is to promote contact between Korean Adoptees, the Belgian population, and the Korean community, serving as a platform for exchange and meeting through socio-cultural events that are relevant to Korea.

Brief History

In November 2012, a group of 25 Belgian Korean Adoptees met for dinner in Brussels, and came up with the idea to establish an organization for adoptees. B.A.K. was officially founded on January 23, 2013.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Seollal Dinner
  • Chuseok Dinner
  • Annual Gala
  • Social Events
  • Events in Partnership with the Local Korean Community

Belgian Adoptees from Korea
BELGIUM

region Served 

Belgium

Year Founded

2013

IKAA Member Since

2014

Mission Statement

The mission of B.A.K. is to promote contact between Korean Adoptees, the Belgian population, and the Korean community, serving as a platform for exchange and meeting through socio-cultural events that are relevant to Korea.

Brief History

In November 2012, a group of 25 Belgian Korean Adoptees met for dinner in Brussels, and came up with the idea to establish an organization for adoptees. B.A.K. was officially founded on January 23, 2013.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Seollal Dinner
  • Chuseok Dinner
  • Annual Gala
  • Social Events
  • Events in Partnership with the Local Korean Community

Korea Klubben
DENMARK

region Served 

 Copenhagen, National Coverage

Year Founded

1990

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

Korea Klubben is committed to facilitate contact among Korean adoptees, provide a space to share adoption experiences, inform about Korea and Korean culture, and promote and provide Post-Adoption Services.

Brief History

Korea Klubben is the Danish association of Korean Adoptees founded in 1990 and is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the world. With more than 600 memberships – or nearly 2000 individuals Korea Klubben organizes a large variety of activities every month.

The association has played an active role in the establishment of the international network of Korean adoptees as well as in the organization of the large adoptee Gatherings in Korea.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Monthly Dinners
  • Annual Fall Camp
  • Cultural Events & Activities (Film Festivals, Musical Performances, Korean Cultural Workshops)
  • Annual Events (Christmas Party, Christmas Market, Summer Party, Seollal and Chuseok)
  • Various Social Activities (Picnics, Sports, Make-up Classes, Dinners)
  • Adoption Forums & Workshops on Adoption Issues
  • Facilitating Group Tours to Korea (Organized by Meari Travel)
  • Family Activities
  • Peer Counselling
  • Educational Programs & Seminars for Adoption Professionals, Prospective & Adoptive Parents, Authorities)
  • Co-organizer of the Annual Copenhagen Kimchi Festival

Publications

  • Bi-Annual Magazine Ch’ingu
  • Conferences Proceedings & Post Adoption Paper
  • Recommendations for New Adoption Law, 2013-2014

Korea Klubben
DENMARK

region Served 

 Copenhagen, National Coverage

Year Founded

1990

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

Korea Klubben is committed to facilitate contact among Korean adoptees, provide a space to share adoption experiences, inform about Korea and Korean culture, and promote and provide Post-Adoption Services.

Brief History

Korea Klubben is the Danish association of Korean Adoptees founded in 1990 and is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the world. With more than 600 memberships – or nearly 2000 individuals Korea Klubben organizes a large variety of activities every month.

The association has played an active role in the establishment of the international network of Korean adoptees as well as in the organization of the large adoptee Gatherings in Korea.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Monthly Dinners
  • Annual Fall Camp
  • Cultural Events & Activities (Film Festivals, Musical Performances, Korean Cultural Workshops)
  • Annual Events (Christmas Party, Christmas Market, Summer Party, Seollal and Chuseok)
  • Various Social Activities (Picnics, Sports, Make-up Classes, Dinners)
  • Adoption Forums & Workshops on Adoption Issues
  • Facilitating Group Tours to Korea (Organized by Meari Travel)
  • Family Activities
  • Peer Counselling
  • Educational Programs & Seminars for Adoption Professionals, Prospective & Adoptive Parents, Authorities)
  • Co-organizer of the Annual Copenhagen Kimchi Festival

Publications

  • Bi-Annual Magazine Ch’ingu
  • Conferences Proceedings & Post Adoption Paper
  • Recommendations for New Adoption Law, 2013-2014

Kristoffer Vestergaard

Wenja Boisen

Korean Italian Adoptees (KOR.I.A.)
ITALY

region Served 

Italy

Year Founded

2011

IKAA Member Since

2013

Mission Statement

KOR.I.A aims to link contacts between Italian adoptees and Korean adoptees all over the world and to create a group of friends to enhance contacts with other adoptee communities worldwide, to create cultural projects in order to spread the Korean art and culture.

Brief History

KOR.I.A. is an entirely volunteer organization with a Board of Directors consisting of 7 Members, and has been growing at a steady rate since becoming a formal organization, and has recently organized and hosted the IKAA Gathering Rome in May 2015.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events:

  • Football / Soccer
  • Korean Dinners
  • Cooking Lessons
  • Korean Language Classes
  • Korean Cultural Events – Including an annual Korean Culture Day sponsored by the Korean Consulate in Milano
  • Workshops on adoption issues
  • Information about visiting and/or living in Korea

Korean Italian Adoptees (KOR.I.A.)
ITALY

region Served 

Italy

Year Founded

2011

IKAA Member Since

2013

Mission Statement

KOR.I.A aims to link contacts between Italian adoptees and Korean adoptees all over the world and to create a group of friends to enhance contacts with other adoptee communities worldwide, to create cultural projects in order to spread the Korean art and culture.

Brief History

KOR.I.A. is an entirely volunteer organization with a Board of Directors consisting of 7 Members, and has been growing at a steady rate since becoming a formal organization, and has recently organized and hosted the IKAA Gathering Rome in May 2015.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events:

  • Football / Soccer
  • Korean Dinners
  • Cooking Lessons
  • Korean Language Classes
  • Korean Cultural Events – Including an annual Korean Culture Day sponsored by the Korean Consulate in Milano
  • Workshops on adoption issues
  • Information about visiting and/or living in Korea

Racines Coréennes
FRANCE

region Served 

France

Year Founded

1995

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

Racines Coréennes has a humanitarian and cultural character. It aims to promote the meeting of adopted Koreans in France, and promoting socio-cultural exchanges between French and mainly Koreans, without excluding other nationalities.

Brief History

Racines Coréennes is a non-profit organization with no political, religious or ideological trend, which was created in February 1995 by a group of young French adopted or interested in Korea, eager to bring together young Korean adoptees to let them share their experiences. The founding members are a group of young people who all share an interest for Korea and for the adoption.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Monthly Lunches across France
  • Sports Activities
  • Special Events: Concerts, Film/Documentary Screenings, Picnics,
  • Annual Seollal Event
  • Annual Chuseok Event
  • Annual General Assembly of Members

Racines Coréennes
FRANCE

region Served 

France

Year Founded

1995

IKAA Member Since

Founding Member

Mission Statement

Racines Coréennes has a humanitarian and cultural character. It aims to promote the meeting of adopted Koreans in France, and promoting socio-cultural exchanges between French and mainly Koreans, without excluding other nationalities.

Brief History

Racines Coréennes is a non-profit organization with no political, religious or ideological trend, which was created in February 1995 by a group of young French adopted or interested in Korea, eager to bring together young Korean adoptees to let them share their experiences. The founding members are a group of young people who all share an interest for Korea and for the adoption.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events

  • Monthly Lunches across France
  • Sports Activities
  • Special Events: Concerts, Film/Documentary Screenings, Picnics,
  • Annual Seollal Event
  • Annual Chuseok Event
  • Annual General Assembly of Members

David Combes

Anne Sophie Combes

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