JaeRan Kim MSW, LGSW was born in South Korea and adopted to the United States at the age of 3 in 1971. She has worked in foster care/adoption (both public and private), with at-risk young moms, and with adults with disabilities in residential care. Jae Ran is currently a PhD Candidate and a Project Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, where she held Title IV-E Child Welfare and LENDfellowships. Jae Ran has been published in Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption by South End Press and Religion and Spirituality in Korean America by University of Illinois Press. In addition, Jae Ran’s essays, articles and poetry have been published in KoreAm Journal, Korean Quarterly, Minneapolis St Paul Star Tribune and Minnesota Monthly among others.
For an infographic version of my resume, see my visualize.me profile.
“Breaking the silence: Teaching my children to talk about race and racism.” In Adam Chau and Kevin Ost-Vollmers (Eds.) (2012) Parenting as Adoptees. CQT Media and Publishing. Click here for the Amazon Kindle, here for Barnes & Noble Nook and here for a print version.
“Forward” and “Introduction.” In HERE:A Visual History of Adopted Koreans in Minnesota by Kim Jackson and Heewon Lee. (2010). Click here for HERE:A Visual History of Adopted Koreans in Minnesota
“Waiting for God: Korean American Adoptee experiences of religion and spirituality.” In David Yoo and Ruth Chung (Eds.) (2009). Religion and Spirituality in Korean America. University of Illinois Press. Click here for Religion and Spirituality in Korean America
“Scattered seeds: The Christian influence on the Korean adoption phenomenon.” In Jane Jeong Trenka, Sun Yung Shin and Chinyere Oparah (Eds.) (2006). Outsider’s within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. Cambridge, MA: South End Press. Click here for Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption
- Kimball, E. & Kim, J.R. (in press). Virtual boundaries: Ethical considerations for use of social media in social work. Social Work.
- Kim, J.R. (in press). “Cooking Lessons.” In Emily Moberg Robinson (Eds.) Voices of the Asian American Experience. Greenwood Press.
- Kim, J.R. (2012). “Some Children See Him: A Transracial Adoptee’s View of Color-Blind Christianity.” Journal of Christian Legal Thought, 2:1. Short article available here and full length available here.
- “Talk with me about…everything”: Blog podcast for Land of Gazillion Adoptees, July 20, 2012
- Roundtable: The adoptee experience, Minnesota Public Radio, July 13, 2012
- Research, Experts Say Racial Identity Important After Adoption, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, December 13, 2011
- The Myth of the Forever Family – Brain, Child Magazine, Summer 2010
- De-emphasis on Race in Adoption Is Criticized: New York Times March 27, 2008
- Addicted to Race 73: Celebrity Adoptions
- Addicted To Race 41: Transracial adoption roundtable
- Addicted To Race Premium 4 – Adoption
- Asia Pacific Forum – March 20, 2007 Show
- Video of a reading of “Scattered Seeds” at the Outsiders Within book launch, November 18, 2006
Resilience 15 page discussion guide authored by Eleana Kim (University of Rochester) with Jae Ran Kim (University of Minnesota) and Kim Park Nelson (Minnesota State University Moorhead)