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