Happy 17th Birthday, KAAN!

common ground


On this day in 1998, a group of Korean government leaders, Korean-American leaders, adoptee leaders, and adoptive parent leaders met in Sacramento for a leadership summit that led to the founding of KAAN. “We brought prominent invited leaders from across the United States to speak, and they spoke eloquently. Yet, as a grass roots organization, KAAN has always felt every voice in the adoption community has value. We allowed all adoption community members in attendance at the leadership conference to speak if they wanted to do so, because the network we were forming would belong to all of us connected to Korean adoption,” writes founder Chris Winston in her book, A Euro-American on a Korean Tour at a Thai Restaurant in China.

As we continue to grow and mature an as organization, this vision still guides us. Our 17th annual conference features a host of insightful speakers, some well-known…

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