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.
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
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / SECRETARY
AERIEL A. ASHLEE
KYLE C. ASHLEE
STEPHEN DAVID JOHNSON
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
GRAND RAPIDS, MI
ST. LOUIS, MO