First Trip Home Dates Announcement


As an American adoptee, who recently returned to Korea, I am humbled by the opportunity to represent and lead such a dynamic community. When I arrived to Korea, I discovered a supportive community amongst fellow adoptees that allowed me to explore and embrace my identity as a Korean Adoptee.

Shortly after arriving, I began to volunteer at G.O.A.'L in the Birth Family Search Department and familiarize myself with the organization.
I am grateful to this community and for the all the hard work and achievements G.O.A.’L has accomplished over the last 14 years for our community. I am very excited to join and contribute to such a dedicated team.
I studied International Social Work with a focus on nonprofit management, community organizing and policy. I look forward to combining my skills with our talented staff.

Looking forward, G.O.A.’L has secured funding through the end of the year and will continue to provide the following services:

Birth Family Search
Post Reunion Discussions
First Trip Home
Assistance acquiring F-4 VISA and Dual citizenship
Translation Services (Korean, English and French)
Community Events and Outreach

Our current staff will use the transition period until the end of the year to update our archives and formalize workflows so we can work more efficiently. This will enable us to better serve our community and to focus on the current needs within the adoptee community.

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we move forward.

Finally, I am pleased to announce the dates of our 5th annual 2012 First Trip Home:

Thursday, September 13th - Friday, September 21st 2012

First Trip Home is a program for adoptees who seek to be reunited with their birth families, but who have not returned to Korea since their adoption. Since its inception, First Trip Home has assisted 127 adoptees through their birth family search process, 62 of whom have successfully found their Korean birth families.

Further program details and online application will be available on our website by the end of next week.
The application deadline is June 30th 2012 and participants will be informed on July 6th 2012.

Best Regards,

Jessica J. Boling (정보미), MSW
Vice Secretary General

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