Ahn Bong Hee, was the name given to me when I arrived at the Star of the Sea Children’s Home in Incheon, S. Korea in 1962. I recently discovered that my English name was Serena while I was at the orphanage. If my adoption paperwork is accurate, I spent some time with my birth Mom (and maybe Dad) being cared for and loved. Something tragic or a very difficult situation occurred which led a local female civil officer to leave me at the orphanage.
- By kerick022 weeks 6 days ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
I wanted to go on the tour the summer after I graduated from college, but the timing wasn’t right. When the time came to sign up for the 2019 summer tour, my mom and I decided that it was a great time to go. My mom had always talked about going back to Korea with me one day and it was surreal that the time had come.
- By kerick021 month 1 week ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
There were times I hated being Korean because of these racial taunts. I know that while some adoptees have had issues with the mental aspect of being given up, I look at it as all a part of God's wonderful plan for my life. I was chosen by wonderful parents, and it could be love as a motivating factor for wanting us to have a better life, by my bio mother. I was raised in a Christian household, so a relationship with God helped me out a lot.
- By kerick021 month 1 week ago0 comments
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- By kerick021 month 2 weeks ago0 comments
Kim Woi-Seon, Executive Director of the Korean Association of Adoptive Family Counseling and Education (KAAFC), visited our office yesterday to discuss working together with G.O.A.'L.
In the future, we hope to work together to hold annual seminars, provide free counseling for biological parents, and conduct meetings with domestic adoptees and their families.
- By kerick021 month 3 weeks ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
After meeting with my birth-mother back in 1991, my activism started with meeting many adoptees, organizing ourselves to have a sense of community, making a place where people like us could exchange and not feel like the only one. I made the big move to live in Corea for 13 years (1993-2006) where I first learned a lot about that new society, and with friends and allies, brought awareness about overseas adult adoptees returning to their birth-land. For a long decade I dedicated myself to adoptee’s rights (F4 visa, birth family search, etc.) and also developed my art practices.
- By kerick022 months 3 days ago0 commentsOffice life
Our organization focuses on bringing adoptees to Korea and linking them not only with other adoptees, but with Korean society as well. Our aim is to strengthen these connections and in doing so, our brand needs to be in line with our overseas audience as well as our audience in Korea. With the new rebrand, G.O.A.’L. aims to focus on an image that better communicates our mission and organization to a Hangul-reading audience, which also helps us in our mission to not only maintain, but to improve our services to adoptees living in Korea.
- By kerick022 months 1 week ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
I am not just any tourist who wants to get to know the country and writes a book about the food there. To some extent it is also a journey to what I left behind when I left the country 34 years ago. A past to work on even if it was only a short time. It belongs to me, without it my life would not be the way it is now. Circumstances started my life here and then brought me to Germany. Two people in Germany who already had two sons of their own had the wish to adopt a girl in 1983. It was more of a coincidence that it was Korea, but for me it is of course the best thing that could have happened.