Overseas adopted Koreans commemorate with conference in Seoul, Korea

SEOUL, Korea – Adult adopted Koreans, families and friends of the
international community are invited to Seoul, Korea, August 1-3, 2008,
to take part in “Our Space: Reflections on 10 Years of Community
Building,” the 10th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Conference of
Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (G.O.A.’L).

The 10th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Conference will offer a
special reception for G.O.A.’L member & volunteer alumni; a diverse
program of conference sessions and workshops; exciting cultural
performances & activities; and “Our Space: Six Perspectives,” a
unique photo exhibition that will “take a fresh look at Korea, a place
we have all known and imagined in our minds, realized through the
points of view of six adoptees who have chose to make the journey back
to where they were born.”

The 10th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Conference seeks to
celebrate and recognize all who have contributed to the building of the
present-day thriving global adoptee community in Korea during the past
10 years – adoptees, native Koreans, families and friends – both living
in Korea and visiting from abroad.

Online registration for the 10th Anniversary Celebration & Annual
Conference is NOW OPEN. Additionally, participants qualify for special
discounted hotel accommodations at the Seoul Olympic Parktel, a 4-star
hotel situated on the edge of Olympic Park, a sanctuary of peace and
lush green surroundings and home to the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, in
the Jamsil area of Seoul.

  Program details and registration & reservation instructions can be found on the G.O.A.’L website (www.goal.or. kr).

Companies, organizations and individuals interested in supporting the
10th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Conference are invited to
contact G.O.A.’L for further information.

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Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (G.O.A.’L), is an adoptee-run registered
non-governmental organization (NGO) and non-profit organization located
in Seoul, Korea. Since 1998, G.O.A.’L has supported overseas adopted
Koreans in accessing Korea by bridging barriers of language &
culture and advocating for adoptee rights through lobbying the Korean
government, organizing an annual conference addressing adoption-related
issues, publishing a regular bi-lingual newsletter and coordinating
public education, networking & social events.

G.O.A.’L provides adoptee-focused post-adoption services including:
birth family search assistance, translation/ interpretation, Korean
language education support, advice on visiting/living in Korea and
assistance with setting-up basic services in Korea (F4 visa, mobile
phones, internet, etc.).

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Nicole Sheppard
  Vice Secretary General
G.O.A.’L – Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link
Tel:  +82-2-325-6585 / 6522 (birth family search)
Fax: +82-2-325-6570
Cell: +82-10-4116- 3401
  http://www.goal.or. kr
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  Support by becoming a G.O.A.’L member today!
Yahoo!Groups: goal-info (open to all) / goal-discussion (adoptees only)
  Facebook: G.O.A.’L Korea

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

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