Thank you from Nik

Dear Adoptee Community,

First, I would like to thank everyone for their support during my term as secretary general at G.O.A.’L. It has been an honor to serve the community through this particular organization, and I couldn’t have done it for these past three years without the hard work and dedication of the staff, the support of the previous leadership, our members, and all of the many volunteers who have given their time and effort to help bring stability to G.O.A.’L.

Looking back, G.O.A.’L has been incredibly busy, putting in thousands of hours to assist hundreds of adoptees with birth family searches, obtaining F-4 visas and dual citizenship, and connecting members with volunteers for translation and interpretation. We have subsidized hundreds of hours of therapy, hosted over 100 events, and worked to expand adoptees’ rights to access information in their files and improve policies related to birth family search at the National Assembly. Many internal changes have been made as well to further strengthen the organization and ensure that future leadership will be able to focus on the important work at hand. These accomplishments were made possible thanks to the support of all our volunteers, Mentors, staff, advisors, participants, members and more.

We have also developed new fundraising drives that have brought in much needed funds and increased our membership by more than 50%. Moving our office to a new location has additionally helped us to reduce fixed costs. Another project we are working on should help us to further stabilize our organization’s financial foundation, bringing it one step closer to self-reliance and ensuring that G.O.A.’L will be able to continue as a resource for future waves of returning adoptees for years to come. Again, these have been made possible through the support of our sponsors, donors, contributors, backers, boosters, advocates, champions, and more.

The experience of working at G.O.A.'L has been completely extraordinary. I feel privileged to have been part of so many adoptees’ journeys during my time here, and I want to thank all of you for sharing your stories with us. A special thanks goes out to all of you who have stopped by our office over the past few years or sent a kind email to one of the staff members letting us know how much you appreciated our effort and thanking us for the work we do. It helps energize and inspire us to keep working despite the long hours and low pay.

This will be my last year serving as secretary general. My term will end on December 31st, and the annual Christmas Party will be the last event I work on this year. I plan to continue assisting the organization as an internal advisor and will do everything I can to make the transition between leadership as smooth as possible.

I know it may take some time for G.O.A.’L to recruit a new SG, and so, I would like to invite candidates to come forward, ask lots of questions and learn about the position if they're up for committing to this challenge. Our plan is to have selected someone before the last event of the year.

Adoptees have a special space in Korea, which was created through the dedication and hard work of many adoptees who came before us, and I believe it is the responsibility of those who are currently enjoying these benefits to step up and help ensure that this space continues to exist for future waves of returning adoptees.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this position, please contact us at [email protected]. A job description is attached to this letter, and it is also available on our website.