Hello readers, the few that followed me over from the previous platform. As you can see, I am still working on updating this blog and have formatted it more like a website with hopefully easier navigation than the previous blog. It has been a long time, and I’m not even sure where to begin to bring my life up to date – but there have been some big changes.

The biggest change is that I have completed my dissertation and PhD. I have no idea what to do with all that “spare” time so I immediately jumped into a half-dozen projects that I know I will cause me to throw up my hands in exasperation in another couple of months. But hey, I figure I know how to do “busy” pretty well by this point. The other big change in my life is that I have accepted a job as an Assistant Professor at a university and will be moving to Washington state late this summer. I am very excited about this move, but it comes with some sadness as I will be leaving a very supportive and beloved adoption community in Minnesota. Fortunately, I know several people in Washington state including some dear friends, which makes that transition a little easier.

Big transitions like this are hard at any age, and considering I’ve lived in MN since my adoption at about 3 years old, that’s a big change for someone who has basically been in one place for over 40 years!

I plan to continue my research on intercountry adoption, following up on my dissertation research that focused on adoptive parents that placed an intercountry adopted child with disabilities in out of home placement (click here for more information on this). In addition, I hope to blog more often about adoption, in particular my thoughts about what I’m reading, viewing, and the discussions I am having with others about adoption. There will be lots of adventures ahead! So hi, and thanks for continuing to read along.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

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