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.
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.
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."
If you have questions about the Korea Tour, please email Kiku Nam, tour director.
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."
If you have questions about volunteer opportunities at Camp Rice, please email Grace Song.
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.
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.
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
- Use this script to call your senators and representative
- Use this Word template to write a letter to your senators and representative
3. Spread the word on social media.
- Use this hashtag #citizenshipforalladoptees
- You may want to reach out to your senators or representative on Facebook