New SG Statement

New SG Statement


I am a 43-year-old female Korean adoptee from Denmark residing in Korea since 2013. From the moment, I moved here I have continuously been committed to serving the interests of the adoptee community in various ways.


My visions for the organization are ambitious and summed up to self-sustainability, seriousness and unifying.  My line of leadership will be proactive regarding seeking financial stability, influence and collaboration with NGOs and other partners.


We as overseas Korean adoptees are no longer dependant children - we are professional, educated adults, talented artists, researchers, professors and entrepreneurs -  in some cases parents or even grand parents.


We are a huge resource of knowhow and experiences connecting us and binding us together across countries and diverse backgrounds and this make us a strong, unique group able to accomplish shared goals together.


I look forward to being your Secretary General in the 2 years to come.

AK Salling

Read More
Birth Family Search All-Day Group Series

C:\Users\MJ\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\ypcs logo.jpgYou&Me Psychological and Consultation Services (YPCS)

Rm. 201, 8-7, Yanghwa-ro 12-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, 04043, South Korea

Tel: 02-6929-3013        Fax: 070-8277-7200



Birth Family Search Series

G.O.A.’L and YPCS invite you to attend group therapy sessions to share your experiences with birth family search. This series addresses some of the complexities related to searching for biological family for adoptees that are reunited, not reunited and those that are deciding to search. Gain insight and reassurance as you discuss frustrations and challenges in your journey. Participants may engage in the discussions at their comfort level. These sessions are for adoptees only.


"I've reunited with family" (July 30)

  • Discuss how expectations/surprises can affect interaction with birth family
  • Address negotiating the differences in western and Korean culture
  • Come up with a strategy to manage identity and sense of self

Register for this session by July 25, 2016


"Not reunited" (Decided to not search/Waiting for a response/Unable to meet family) (August 20)

  • Discuss how to regulate emotional responses
  • Learn ways to cope with multiple “rejections” and hearing/watching others reunite
  • Evaluate your current life without shame/guilt/anger
Register for this session by August 15, 2016

"Deciding whether I want to search" (September 24)

  • Explore current expectations/hopes/fears
  • Identify possible challenges and difficulties
  • Learn ways on how to handle not having control in situations
Register for this session by September 19, 2016

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided.

Location: You&Me Psychological and Consultation Services (YPCS)

Participation Fee: G.O.A.’L members 15,000 KRW/session or 40,000 KRW/3 sessions

  Non-members 20,000 KRW/session or 60,000 KRW/3 sessions

 *Register for the entire series by July 25, 2016 to receive series discount


To register, email, or call 02-6929-3013: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday


Each group is limited to 8 participants. Preference will be given to those currently in each category. All stories shared during the group will be kept confidential.

Directions (by subway)

From Hapjeong Station (lines 2 or 6) exit 3, walk straight for about 150 meters. You should pass Starbucks and KB bank on your right. Follow the street to the right so that The Designers Hotel is on your left and the Seven-Eleven convenient store is on the right. Turn right down the street in front of the Seven-Eleven convenience store. Our building is the building behind Seven-Eleven with the blue “8-7” address sign. Please press “201” and then the bell button to let us know that you have arrived. 

Read More
BFS and Volunteer services will be limited from August for FTH

Services will be limited starting in August for both birth family search assistance requests as well as those for interpretation and translation due to our annual First Trip Home program that commences August 30, 2016.

  • Starting from August 1, 2016, we will not be able to process any email requests for birth family search assistance as well as those for interpretation and translation until after we have returned to the office on September 19, 2016.
  • Additionally, we will only process requests for consultations, document translations, and volunteer interpretation for those who are in-country that can be finished or take place before August 19, 2016. We will reopen these services to all of our members after we have returned to the office on September 19, 2016.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and deeply appreciate your patience and understanding as we prepare for this trip.

Read More