New memoir by an adoptee

This book (along with the one by Korean birth mothers) arrived in my mail box this weekend. I read a draft of the other book but my friend, Sarah Park, a Professor of Library Science, gave me the heads up on this one! I'm very excited since there are so few books written by Native adoptees about their experiences. And, in a happy coincidence, I've been doing research lately in the Social Welfare History Archives, looking through the Child Welfare League of America collection, and had just read through the Indian Adoption Project documents. The Indian Adoption Project was a joint program by the CWLA and the Bureau of Indian Affairs that specifically promoted the adoption of Indian children to white families from 1958-1967.


One Small Sacrifice: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects.

New book written by Korean birth mothers

Dreaming a World

From the publisher:

 "Dreaming a World: Korean Birth Mothers Tell Their Stories is a wonderful new follow-up to I Wish for You a Beautiful Life.

A powerful follow-up to I Wish for You a Beautiful Life,
this new book gives voice to seventeen Korean birth mothers, who tell
their stories looking back from the present to the time they were
pregnant and gave birth. They describe their situations then, the
decisions they had to make, and their lives in the time since. What
they have to tell us is both heart-breaking and compelling, from voices
seldom heard.

Proceeds from ths book support the work Ae Ran Won does together with
and on behalf of the unmarried mothers who decide to keep their babies.
These women receive very little support, financial or emotional. The
many authors of this book hope you read it, understand more about their
lives and the work that needs to be done for others like them, and give
your own financial and emotional support to Ae Ran Won and the single

Ae Ran Won's website is

The book is available at Yeong & Yeong, click here for more information.

Actor Ty Burrell adopts

From People

Modern Family's Ty Burrell Adopts a Daughter | Ty Burrell

He may play a hapless father of three on the hit show Modern Family, but Ty Burrell had little real-life parenting experience to draw on – until now.

The actor and wife Holly have adopted a baby girl, the couple
tell PEOPLE exclusively. The Burrells are keeping further details
private at this time.

Click here for the story

Social Work Blog awards

Natalia at Active Social Work blog is hosting a Social Work Blog Award!


The categories are:

  • Adoption/Fostering: this category should include blogs written under the topic of adoption or fostering services.
  • Children and Families: this category should include blogs written under the topic of Children and Families social services.
  • Diary/Personal: this category should include blogs written by social workers or social work students who maintain a journal about their activities.
  • Educational: this category should include blogs written for or by social workers with educational value.
  • Informative/Policies: this category should include blogs of informative nature about social work policies, news, etc.
  • Adult Social Services: this category should include blogs written under the topic of Adult Social Services and includes palliative social work .
  • Mental Health: this category should include blogs written under the topic of mental health services

The submitting stage will last until the 1st of September 2010, followed by the voting stage until the 31st of December 2010. And the results will be announced on the 1st of January 2011.

Do you have a favorite social work blog? Go to Active Social Work to see the submission guidelines and send in your nominations!

Single mothers in South Korea

From the Korean Herald comes this story about single mothers in Korea. Some friends of mine are connected to the Miss Momma Mia's group discussed in the article.

"When I became an unwed mom, my family was the first to abandon me. But
they finally accepted me. And that support encouraged me a lot more
than anything else," she said.

Adding to the efforts of the unwed moms' association is the support
from Korean-born adoptees who recently returned home to help the
mothers who face the same difficulties as their birth mothers did
decades ago. They help promote the issue to the public as well as
educating and taking care of the kids of unwed mothers.

Click here for the article.

The International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) Gathering 2010


The International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) Network will
host the IKAA Gathering, the third of its kind, scheduled to take place
from August 3rd to August 8th 2010 at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, Korea.

The IKAA Gathering is held only once every three years in Seoul, Korea
and continues to gain momentum and significance as the most
internationally inclusive and largest Korean adoptee conference in the
world. With each Gathering in Seoul, the attendance garnered has grown
at an impressive rate, from over 400 participants representing over 15
countries in 2004, to over 650 participants from over 20 countries in
2007. The IKAA Gathering 2010 is expected to continue this tradition of
development and maturity, anticipating the participation of over 800
adult adoptees.

In addition to cultivating community among adoptees, the IKAA
Gathering 2010 will differ in its efforts to promote dialogue and a
greater understanding between the global Korean adult adoptee community
and Korean society. This Gathering will encourage cultural exchanges
that provide both communities with the opportunity to forge
international relationships and become active participants in Korea’s
globalization project by offering programming that includes “membership
training” and team-building activities, as well as a business seminar
and professional networking events with Korean nationals.

Additional new programming at the IKAA Gathering 2010 will feature
a mini-film festival, which will also be open to a Korean audience, and
an “Adoptee Amazing Race,” a series of activities specifically tailored
to adoptees returning to Korea for the first time. The Gathering will
once again host the highly successful Korean Adoptee World Cup soccer
match, a comprehensive range of workshops, forums, and presentations,
an ArtGathering, and the Second International Symposium on Korean
Adoption Studies (SISKAS), where scholars from around the world will
present their research.

Early registration for the IKAA Gathering 2010 ends on March 15,
2010.  More information about registration, flight, and hotel prices
and discounts is available at

Formally established in 2004, IKAA is the largest existing network
of international Korean adoptees, reaching out to thousands worldwide.
Common for all IKAA associations is that they have demonstrated
long-term stability, their organizational structure and membership are
comprised overwhelmingly of adult adoptees, they have a long history
and experience working with adoptees, and they organize activities and
events for their members on a regular basis.

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was established to better serve the Korean adoptee community, create a
strong communication forum, build global relationships and provide a
location where Korean adoptees can turn when in need of a resource.

The mission of the IKAA Network is to enrich the global adoption
community, promote the sharing of information and resources between
adult adoptee associations, strengthen cross-cultural relations and
innovate post-adoption services for the broader international adoptee

IKAA Network Organizations

Adopted Koreans’ Association (Sweden) | Arierang (The Netherlands) | Korea Klubben (Denmark) | Racines Coréennes (France) | AK Connection (Minnesota, USA) | Also-Known-As, Inc. (New York, USA) | Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington (Washington, USA)

IKAA Gathering 2010 Supporting Organizations

Korean Adoptees of Hawai’i (Hawai’i, USA) | Asian Adult Adoptees of British Columbia (Canada) | Boston Korean Adoptees (Massachusetts, USA) | Forum for Korean Adoptees (Norway) | Korean Adoptees of Chicago (Illinois, US)

Korea to Haiti

From Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and Conducive Magazine:

Korea to Haiti: Lessons in Overseas Adoption Corruption

Hundreds Of Thousands Still Displaced As Recovery Efforts Continue In Haiti

by Haitian authorities for trying to cross illegally into the Dominican
Republic with 33 so-called orphaned children, whose parents were later
found to be alive, U.S. citizens and Idaho Baptist missionaries Laura
Silsby and Charisa Coulter remain imprisoned in Port-au-Prince pending
investigation of alleged child trafficking. Seeking to save the
children in the wake of Haiti’s earthquake, Silsby and Coulter intended
to place the children for adoption in the United States with Christian
families despite Haitian law, which requires all adoptions to be
finalized in the country. Dr. Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, a Korean adoptee and
board member of board of Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption
Community of Korea (TRACK), presents how adoption from Korea can offer
a perspective about this scandal.

Click here to read the article

The mighty fortress of adoption under attack!

From the Huffington Post comes this editorial, International Adoption Under Siege?

Okay, the provocative title alone makes me hate the article. Under siege. Sigh. A precious fortress under attack (by whom? "Angry adoptees? Ha!)

Anyway, although in general I disliked this article, I thought this part was interesting, to say the least.

Anyway, I can't resolve the battle of
competing rights — the right to a family, your original family, a
loving home, a secure permanent setting, etc. Everyone seems to agree
explicitly that "there is no right to adopt, only the right of the child to be adopted,"
but the reality is that the demand generated by adoptive parents is one
of the driving forces in this arena — and that includes their money.
(As Bartholet points out, of course, that also means international
adoption is a way of helping children without government spending.)

Ironically, although many advocates for
children are adoptive parents, I am starting to get the feeling that if
policy is going to be true to that premise — children's rights, not
adoptive parents' rights — then the adoptive parents shouldn't be in
the room when the policy is written.
In other words, the humanitarian
impulse, at least ideally, could be the foundation of public policy —
but we can't expect it to be the motivation for adoptive parents any
more than it is for birth parents.

Cross posted from the Family Inequality blog.