KAAN Study Survey Email Announcement

February 1, 2015

To Whom it May Concern:

Hello. My name is Kimberly McKee. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. My current research project, “Examining the Past, Considering the Future: The Impact of KAAN (Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network) in the Lives of Adult Adoptees and Adoptive Families,” provides insights into how the national organization (KAAN) supports the Korean adoption community, facilitates community building, and complements adult adoptee organizations and initiatives.

There are three main goals of the study:

  1. Increase knowledge concerning adult Korean adoptees racial/cultural socialization in childhood and adulthood, including their experiences with KAAN and the adult adoptee community;
  2. Foster better comprehension of how adoptive parents understand their child(ren)’s racial/cultural identity and the role of KAAN and it’s conference in their families;
  3. Document the historical memory of KAAN, its effectiveness as a community-building organization, and discuss the organization’s future trajectory to meet the needs of the evolving Korean adoption community.

I am particularly interested in capturing the voices of adult adoptees and adoptive parents who have attended at least one KAAN conference. The survey will be available to interested participants from February 2015 – November 2015. The study’s participants will be limited to adult adoptees between the ages 18 and 65 who were adopted into American families and adoptive parents between ages 22 and 75. All participants must have attended at least one KAAN conference.

If you are an adult adoptee or adoptive parent interested in participating in the survey study, please access the following links:

  • Adult Adoptee Survey
  • Adoptive Parent Survey

The survey will take an estimated 30-45 minutes to complete.

For more information concerning the survey, please contact me via email (mckeeki@gvsu.edu) or phone (616-331-8196). For information concerning your rights as survey participants, please contact the Grand Valley State University Human Research Review Committee via email (hrrc@gvsu.edu) or phone (616-331-3197). Thank you in advance for your time.


Kimberly McKee
Department of Liberal Studies
315 Lake Ontario Hall
Grand Valley State University
Allendale MI 49401

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