ABOUT KAAN

KAAN is an all-volunteer organization, fiscally-sponsored through The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. It was founded in 1998 to connect and serve the adoption community. The annual KAAN conference moves to locations across the country, engaging the local community as well as our core of repeat attendees. With the primary objective of providing affordable, meaningful resources and information, the conference unites us all in a space of respect and commitment to growth.

Our mission is to improve the lives of Korean-born adoptees by connecting the community and providing opportunities for dialogue, education, and support.

THROUGH KAAN...

  • Adoptees discuss common issues, educate others, and mentor younger adoptees
  • Participants are inspired to engage in hometown organizations that build community and address needs
  • Educators, authors, filmmakers, advocates, and activists find an audience for their work
  • Family and friends gain insight into the adoptee experience
  • Adoptees share their experiences in the exploration of race and identity experience
  • Attendees participate in ongoing education & community building 
  • Movements are enacted for change 
Most valuable, though, are the lifelong friendships that grow out of our conferences. Our network fully achieves its purpose when people experience community rather than feel alone. 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / PRESIDENT

KATIE BOZEK

Michigan

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / SECRETARY

KIMBERLY MCKEE

Illinois

TREASURER

MICHAEL STANLEY

Pennsylvania

ADVISORY COUNCIL

AERIEL A. ASHLEE

Minnesota

KYLE C. ASHLEE

Minnesota

MICHAEL BURLBAUGH

Maryland

ERICA GEHRINGER

Washington

STEPHEN DAVID JOHNSON

Texas

SUNAH LAYBOURN

Mississippi

GRACE NEWTON

Wisconsin

ALYSON YOST
Pennsylvania  

Meet Your AC

PAST CONFERENCES

LOS ANGELES

1999

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ

2000

SEATTLE, WA

2001

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

2002

ARLINGTON, VA

2003

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

2004

DETROIT, MI

2005

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

2006

BOSTON, MA

2007

CHICAGO, IL

2008

​DENVER, CO

2009

HERSHEY, PA

2010

ATLANTA, GA

2011

ALBANY, NY

2012

GRAND RAPIDS, MI

2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

2014

ST. LOUIS, MO

2015

PITTSBURGH, PA

2016

PITTSBURGH, PA

2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

2018

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KAAN is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, fiscal sponsor. Donations are tax-deductible.