Since 2009, ASIA Families has provided support and services to adult adoptees from Korea to help develop strong and healthy identities through a variety of programs: workshops and conferences design for adult adoptees, homeland tours to Korea, social activities, and volunteer and leadership opportunities.


Participants in the 2014 Leadership Skills Workshop Sponsored by ASIA Families

Participants in the 2014 Leadership Skills Workshop Sponsored by ASIA Families

Exclusive Workshops and Conferences for Adult Adoptees

We sponsored our first conference by and for adult adoptees in 2012 in Northern Virginia. Since then, conferences and workshops have been held in San Francisco, Virginia, and the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

This summer, we partnered with Adoption Links DC (ALDC) to offer a practical workshop on responding to microaggressions.

From a 2014 conference participant: "I can't say enough about how great it was to meet everyone and hear others' stories. It was inspirational, therapeutic, informative and just an overall great time."

If you have questions about workshops and conferences offered by ASIA Families, please email Lilly Gilmour, member of the ASIA Families Board of Directors and adult adoptee from Korea.


Adoptees of all ages and their families on the 2015 Korea Tour

Adoptees of all ages and their families on the 2015 Korea Tour

Korea Tour for Adult Adoptees and Families

Join us for an amazing opportunity for adult adoptees and families to visit their birth country. Led by ASIA Families' Executive Director, Grace Song, our Korea tour brings together our knowledge of the language, travel, culture, and international adoption experiences to offer you the trip of a lifetime.

From a 2015 tour participant: "I would do this tour again in a heartbeat.... the best experience that I could have ever hoped for!" "For me, the highlight of this trip was meeting my birth father."

Learn more about our Korea Tour

If you have questions about the Korea Tour, please email Kiku Nam, tour director.


Adult Adoptee Counselors with Campers

Adult Adoptee Counselors with Campers

Camp Rice: Volunteer Opportunities for Adult Adoptees

In July, we sponsor a three-day family and teen sleepover camp at Pearlstone Retreat and Conference Center near Baltimore, MD. Camp Rice is staffed by volunteers, primarily adult adoptees, who support classes and activities for children, teenagers, and parents.

From a 2015 Camp Rice volunteer: "Seeing the families interact and learn about Korea together has been incredibly healing for me."

Learn more about Camp Rice

If you have questions about volunteer opportunities at Camp Rice, please email Grace Song.


Adult Adoptees Teaching a Culture School class

Adult Adoptees Teaching a Culture School class

Korean Culture School: Volunteer Opportunities for Adult Adoptees

Since 2010, ASIA Families has offered the only monthly Korean culture school on the East Coast that brings together children, teens, parents, adult adoptees, and members of the Korean-American community in a welcoming and fun environment.

If you have questions about volunteer opportunities at Korean Culture School, please email SoonJa Ji, Korean Culture School director and adult adoptee.

Learn more about Korean Culture School


Lillian Gilmour, ASIA Families Board of DIrectors

Lillian Gilmour, ASIA Families Board of DIrectors

Jonathan Albert, ASIA Families Board of Directors

Jonathan Albert, ASIA Families Board of Directors

Adult Adoptees on Our Board of Directors

From the beginning, ASIA Families has encouraged and welcomed adult adoptees as both members of our Board of Directors as well as advisers to the Board.

Learn more about our Board of Directors


The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2015

The bill will grant retroactive U.S. citizenship to all internationally adopted individuals regardless
of when they were adopted.

Currently, the thousands of adoptees who were born before 1982 are not protected by the Child Citizenship Act (CCA) of 2000. This includes an estimated 18,000 Korean American adoptees who are left in limbo without U.S. citizenship.

What You Can Do

1. Learn more about the ACA.

2. Call or write your senators and representative in Congress

3. Spread the word on social media.

  • Use this hashtag #citizenshipforalladoptees
  • You may want to reach out to your senators or representative on Facebook

Contact

If you have questions about the ACA, please email Emily Kessel with the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC).