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Washington D.C .
ASIA 2012 International Adoptee Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.
On June 2, 2012, ASIA Families hosted its first adult adoptee leadership conference in the Marriott Hotel at Tysons Corner. Twenty adult adoptees were fully sponsored to attend the day conference that geared towards sharing their adoption experience as well as highlighting ways their unique experience prepares them to lead.
The purpose of Korean Adult Adoptee Leadership Conference was three-fold:
- Gather together to share their stories with others,
- Learn more about their culture and themselves as they strive to unleash all of the inner resources they have been given,
- Realize that they are a powerful voice in their community and they will make significant strides to helping others through their leadership.
Guest speakers were Rev. Joshua Kim (a Korean adoptee, Seoul Korean Baptist Church), Eunice Park-Lee (a Korean American, Chair of ASIA board), Grace Song (ASIA Executive Director) and Margie Perscheid (an adoptive parent, President of Korean Focus).
Some of the conference events included personality tests, team building exercises, information on global adoptee empowerment movement trends, and adoption sharing activities. One adoptee who drove 7 hours to attend the conference shared this with the group, “I can’t say enough how great it was to meet everyone and hear others stories. It was inspirational, therapeutic, informative, just, and overall great time!” Another local adoptee who works for the government added, “I felt it was a good experience and a welcomed moment for reflection about adoption, leadership, and how those two elements interact with each other.”
We hope this is just the beginning in our effort to empower the adult adoptees to take ownership of their experiences by leading in their communities and circles of influence.San Francisco, California
ASIA 2012 International Adoptee Leadership Conference in San Francisco, California.
On October 12, 2012, ASIA Families continued its tireless passion to reach out to adult adoptees at the Korea Times in Oakland, CA. After the successful Adult Adoptee Leadership Conference offered, earlier this year in Washington D.C., ASIA Families carried the event to the San Francisco Bay area. Nine adult adoptees, six volunteers and one adoptive mother attended the conference.
The conference focused primarily on helping the adult adoptees learn more about themselves through personal assessments and more about connecting within the adult adoption community. Several adult adoptees shared their leadership experiences in developing adoptee networks and many opened up about their adoption experiences.
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ASIA Adult Adoptee Leadership Gathering in Bloomington, Minnesota
On April 6, 2013, ASIA hosted an adult adoptee gathering in Bloomington, MN at Hoban Korean restaurant. There were seven different adoptee-led organizations represented and over 43 adoptees attended and enjoyed connecting with each other. Two senior adoption leaders, Hyun-sook Han (President of MN Korean American Association) and Rev. Sung-chul Park (Korean Adoptee Ministries), joined the gathering. It was a great opportunity to understand the adult adoptee community in MN in order to see how ASIA can potentially serve. ASIA looks forward to collaborate with adult adoptee organizations in the future.
All Services for International Adoptees and Adoptive Families (ASIA) invites you to our 4th annual family camp from July 18-20, 2013 (Thursday 9:30 a.m. through Saturday 3 p.m.). This year’s theme will be “The Beauty of Korea.” We will learn about beautiful Korean culture and celebrate beautiful Korean children. Our family camp is now full so we can’t take any more campers but we have openings for teen campers.
Who Should Consider Coming
All adoptive families with Korean children of all ages and their siblings are welcome to participate. Special attention will be given to birth children and children from countries other than Korea.
We are planning two separate camps – Family Camp and Teen Camp. Both will take place in the same facility in different sections of the retreat center. While adults and younger children stay with their parents in a hotel style room, teen campers will be in cabins with adult adoptee counselors.
There will be activities and classes for school-age children (3 and up) and adults. There will be also a daycare program for children under 3.
We can accommodate a very limited number of day campers due to space limitation at the camp site. Check with us about the day camp option before you sign up.
Accommodations and Location
Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center is located in Reisterstown, MD about 20 minutes from Baltimore. Accommodations for family campers are comfortable hotel style rooms with linen service included. A set of linens will be provided for each sleeping camper. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower and can sleep up to 6 people. Most rooms have two double sized beds with generous space for rollaway beds or cribs. We will arrange for rollaway beds as needed (see registration form). All lodges are air-conditioned. Teen campers will be staying in cabins with bunk beds.
Pearlstone serves delicious home-cooked meals prepared in a kosher kitchen. They can accommodate food allergies. One feature of this Center is a 5 acre farm on site which provides produce for the kitchen. For more information about our camp facility visit http://www.pearlstonecenter.org/site/. Free wireless Internet services are available in the main building.
What Campers Do: Schedule & Program
Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013. Morning classes/activities on the first day will begin at 10 a.m. The closing ceremony is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. During the classes/activities, children will be supervised by adult adoptee counselors and Korean American young adults. Parents will pick up their children for meals, free time, and performances and presentations at our group gathering space. We are pleased that we will again be offering Korean items at our camp store with purchases benefiting Camp Rice.
Typical Camp Schedule:
July 18 (Thursday)
Check-in at 9:00- 10:00 a.m.
Classes/Activities begin at 10 a.m.
Free time at 3:30 p.m.(swimming pool opens)
July 19 (Friday)
Free time (swimming pool opens, teen campers have activities)
July 20 (Saturday)
Closing ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
at 3 p.m.
Teen campers are students who are rising 7th graders through 12th graders by Fall of 2013. Teen campers can be dropped off at camp alone for the weekend. If you have a teen camper and younger campers, it is recommended that your teen campers stay with other teens if your family will be staying overnight at the camp. We have had birth siblings who came to our camp in the past. They may choose whether they would like to join the teen program or family camp program.
If you would like to volunteer as a group leader/counselor for children or teens, you must be at least 18 or older and pass a background check from your current state of residence. Camp counselors can be Korean adoptees, Korean Americans and non-adoptees or non-Koreans.
Each applicant must submit an application to ASIA by June 15, 2013. There is no compensation for the counselors and you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the camp location. ASIA will provide free lodging and food during your stay at the camp. Contact Kyungock Hollenbeck for an application form by emailing to Kyungock.firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a returning counselor, we will waive one of the two required references.
Camp Registration Fee
The full camp registration fee includes overnight accommodations, 7 meals, a camp t-shirt, snacks and camp programs:*$330 per adult, child (3 and over), or teen and $150 for child under 3 who needs daycare program.
It is recommended that your teenager stay with their counselors for most of the time during the camp even if
your family participates in the family camp. Parents of teens will have a chance to be briefed about their achievements before the end of the camp. *$330 per camper is a discounted rate and this rate applies for rooms with three people or more. Please see note under Payment Calculation. Fees from registrations cover only a portion of the cost to ASIA to offer this camp. We plan to do significant fundraising activities to be able to offer this rate.
Financial Assistance for Campers
If your family recently experienced unemployment and financially cannot afford to send your teen to Camp Rice, please write to us. We will be doing some fundraisers and will be able to offer a few scholarships for campers.
Sponsoring an Adult Adoptee Counselor
Camp Rice is a place where adult adoptees get together once a year to give their time and energy to mentor younger adoptees. They are a great asset to the Camp Rice program. In order to host one counselor, it costs us $330. If you can make a donation of $165 or $330, we can bring more adult adoptees to join the camp. Help us continue this valuable tradition.
How to Register
This year Camp Rice is FULL for family campers. We can invite a few more teen campers. If your teen is intereted in, feel free to contact Kiku Nam at email@example.com .
To reserve your spot, fill out the registration form and send it with a non-refundable pre-registration fee of $500. You may, if you prefer, include the total registration fee for your family. Checks should be made payable to ASIA, Inc. and mailed to 18536 Perdido Bay Terrace, Leesburg, VA 20176. Though there is no deadline to receive registrations, it is likely to be
fully booked soon due to the number of people who have expressed interest previously.
Download the Camp Registration Form HERE.
Download the Medical Form for teen campers HERE.
If you have a question related to camp registration or medical forms, contact Mary Anne Wylie at her email.
If you are an adult adoptee and would like to serve as a counselor, please apply using another form on the website.
Questions related to camp counselors should be sent to Kyungock Hollenbeck at her email.
For all other questions regarding matters such as financial assistance, counselor application forms, camp curriculum, accommodations, volunteering, sponsorship and donations, please contact Ms. Kiku Nam, Camp Program Director at her email.
ASIA invites all Korean adoptees and adoptive families to come and join our monthly Korean Culture School this semester. ASIA has been offering monthly
culture classes since 2010. Our many returning students and their parents attest to the popularity of our programs. At our school you will learn about the culture of Korea through cooking, art, and music. You will also encounter a welcoming community of parents, adult adoptees, teens and children. It is not uncommon that non-adopted siblings to join classes as well. We serve a light Korean style lunch at the end of every class so most participants stay and socialize afterwards.
2013 Fall ASIA Korean Culture School
“I, too, want to learn about Korea.”
Date: TBD (4 Sessions)
Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church of Bethesda (7009 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD)
Hours: 9:30 -12:00 noon Saturday mornings once a month
*Fees are $150.00 per child and $75.00 to register a couple. There is no prorated rate or refund even if you cannot attend all sessions or if only one adult can attend sessions.
The children’s education program consists of Korean language, Korean science and history, arts and crafts, and K-Pop classes. Children ages 3-12 are divided into four different age groups and rotate through the four classes. The groups are led by Korean American teens or adult adoptee mentors.Parents’ Program
while the children are busy with their classes, adoptive parents participant in adult program.
The past schedule for the Winter/Spring 2013 program was:
February – Screening of MBS Adoption Special (starring ASIA families!) and discussion of changing Korean adoption laws with Grace Song.
March – Traveling to Korea Panel Discussion and presenting about Korea in schools
April – Back by popular demand – Small Group Discussion!
May – Dr. Kyung-Ah Nam on Cross-Cultural Communication
Can you give us 30 min. this semester? We are in need of a few volunteers who can arrive 30 min. early (9 am) to set up classrooms and stay longer about 30 min. after the lunch (until around 1 PM) to clean up afterwards. Either adoptive parents or adopted teenagers will be great candidates.
Contact Info: Jun Hee Kim
Thank you for changing my life and the lives of 20 other Korean adult adoptees on my recent Asia Inc. sponsored trip to Korea. The program and schedule was a perfect balance between seeing some of the well known sites of Korea and serving the Korean community. I also enjoyed the participants whose ages ranged from the mid-50′s to early 20′s. Their collective experience in navigating adoption throughout their lives was instrumental in helping me to find my own way. I look forward to serving Asia Inc. in whatever endeavor they pursue within the adoption community.
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