Status of G.O.A.'L IT

Status of G.O.A.'L IT

A brief introduction

I first visited Korea in the winter of 2005. Through a random Google search I ended up at KoRoot, because it was cheap and because it was for adoptees.
Through the adoptees I met there, I got introduced to G.O.A.'L and became a member. I stayed in Korea for about a month, enjoying a freezing cold December.
Both in 2007 and 2008 I'd return for several months to experience more of the atmosphere.
 
I finally moved to Korea in 2010. It was an easy choice, really, in my mind it was only a matter of when and for how long I'd go, since that first visit had set me on a course that I knew I had to go down. I didn't know how long it would take to get to my destination, but I knew it was the right path. I lived at KoRoot for a long time and started volunteering at the G.O.A.'L Office on a regular basis.
 
I ended up staying in Korea for 5 years, working at the office for most of that time, primarily taking care of IT, taking community pictures and of course assisting during First Trip Home, guiding newly arrived adoptees through Korea in general and the birth family search process in particular, along with all the different amazing colleagues I've had over the years, adoptees and Koreans alike.
 
When I finally had to go back to Denmark, I left a lot of dear friends, family and unforgetable memories.
I was flat broke and moved right into my parents' basement, but was lucky to find a job after a few months.
During the following 4 years, I'd work diligently to save up all that I could to first get out of the basement and finally get a mortgage - and then take a long vacation every year to go back to Korea and help out with First Trip Home. Whenever I'd come back it felt like I would go right back to my old life - and it always felt like I was too short on time when leaving.
 
Now in 2019, after saving up for more than 3 years, I've now been able to enjoy the privilege to return to Korea for a little while, most likely for a year, to tie up some loose ends at the office that have been somewhat neglected since I had my daily routine here back in 2013.
 

IT at G.O.A.'L

I arrived here in July and the main priorities in terms of IT was getting a few basic things to work at the office, before we got super busy during the 2019 IKAA Gathering and especially during First Trip Home 2019.
Basic networking had to be checked so all computers could access our server as well as our printers - let alone the WeWork printers.
All the computers needed a uniform setup through upgrades to Windows 10, GPO, common admin accounts, remote support options and of course properly licensed programs.
We virtualized our server infrastructure in 2016 and 2017 and needed to finish some of the procedures, as well as consolidating storage space. We also needed to do a basic security overhaul, since the threat landscape has changed drastically since 2010 when I started working at the office, especially after the rise of ransomware.
We needed to determine to what level we could leverage cloud technology and to what degree it was economically feasible. Since 2011 we've used Google Apps (now Google Suite). For starters we've also moved our DNS to CloudFlare.
We're currently looking at how to realistically scale our backups given the amount of data we have and the general cost of storage.
 

So what do I hope to get done before the summer of 2020?

All of the above steps were necessary in order to get to the goal of overhauling our website. On the frontend we've used Drupal for a long time, principally because of the flexibility and very smooth interaction with our CRM, CiviCRM. Of course, this has the added challenge that whatever changes we make, have to go hand in hand with CiviCRM in order to not further complicate the day to day work for our staff who actually carry out our core services. Thus, we want to preserve data integrity and link as much data as we can to your existing profile, to avoid duplicate data in different systems.
 
We obviously are very interested in getting help from you in the community at large and over time we've thankfully had people who graciously offered to lend a hand. But we also need to make sure that the help we get is from people who understand the constraints and the challenges of the current situation, and most of all, who can either deliver solutions that over time don't add to the overall maintenance workload or TCO. This includes either delivering things that fit seamlessly with existing systems or a commitment to help sustain the system through deployment and well into the overall lifecycle.
 
If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me at [email protected].
 
-Jes
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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

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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

E-mail: [email protected]

Webpage: www.ypcskorea.com
 

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 [email protected], 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. 

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