KAAN is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, fiscal sponsor. Donations are tax-deductible.



Executive Director/President

  Stacy Schroeder, Pennsylvania

Assistant Director/Secretary

  Kimberly McKee, Michigan


  Michael Stanley, Pennsylvania

Advisory Council

  Aeriel A. Ashlee, Ohio

  Kyle C. Ashlee, Ohio

  Michael Burlbaugh, Maryland

  Erica Gehringer, Michigan

  Stephen David Johnson, Connecticut

  Katie Jae Naftzger, Massachusetts

  Grace Newton, Minnesota

  Amy Partain, Colorado

  Rachel Hye Youn Rupright, New York


  Carolyn Hathaway, Pennsylvania

About Us



Our mission is to improve the lives of Korean-born adoptees by connecting the community and providing opportunities for dialogue, education, and support.


KAAN leaders

Over 150,000 Korean-born children have been adopted to the U.S., many now grown to adulthood. With their families, this community is estimated to be over 1 million. KAAN grew out of the need for these adoptees and families to connect. Since our founding in 1998, our main project has been our annual conference. We have also published two books, led trips to Korea, and provide year-round information and support.


Through KAAN …

  • Adoptees, our largest demographic, talk about common issues and enjoy being understood. Some also choose to educate others or mentor younger adoptees.
  • Family and friends gain insight into the range of adoptee experiences and often commit to further education and change.
  • Koreans and Korean-Americans who are not adopted discover shared experiences of race and identity.
  • Attendees are inspired to engage in hometown organizations that build community and address needs.
  • Educators, authors, film-makers, advocates, and activists find an audience for their work.
  • Researchers and groups like PBS’s POV series on adoption reach out to us for perspective.

KAAN’s most valuable contribution, however, may be the friendships that grow out of our conferences. Our network fully achieves its purpose when people experience community rather than feel alone.