International Korean Adoptee Associations

Join the IKAA Network!

Join our growing global network! If you are involved in an adoptee organization that would like to expand its outreach and exposure, have you considered joining us in the IKAA Network?

IKAA is moving towards the inclusion of the many adoptee organizations that exist throughout the world. If you are part of an adoptee organization and are interested in learning more about becoming part of the IKAA network, please click the links below for more information.

 

IKAA NETWORK MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
(Click to download the .doc file)

 

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Board of Directors at info@ikaa.org.

About IKAA

About IKAA

ABOUT IKAA

Mission Statement

The mission of IKAA is to enrich the global adoption community, promote the sharing of information and resources between adult adoptee associations, strengthen cross-cultural relations and innovate post-adoption services for the broader international adoptee community.

History

IKAA was first established in Europe in 2004 and then in the United States later the same year. The impetus for the creation of the IKAA Network came from a desire for unity within the adult Korean adoptee community and to provide a space where ideas, information and resources could be shared.

In response to the highly successful IKAA Gathering 2007, which garnered an attendance of over 700 participants, IKAA decided to become a more formally established organization, and is governed on an entirely volunteer basis by an elected Executive Committee and Board of Directors, which is comprised of representatives from each of the Member Associations.

The IKAA Network was the first of its kind, bringing together adoptee organizations from around the world to work side by side to create an innovative organizational structure that can produce large-scale events and programs. The IKAA Network continues to be the only adoptee network comprised of international representation by entirely volunteer organizations and is the leading global network of adult adoptees in the world.

IKAA Network Membership Information

IKAA Network Membership Information

MEMBERSHIP IN IKAA

IKAA International Membership

Policy: The International membership on the Board belongs to the Member Organizations. Korean adoptee organizations wishing to officially become a member of the IKAA International Board must possess all of the following requirements:

  • No religious, political, or commercial affiliations
  • Majority of Events / Activities by adoptees, for adoptees
  • Independent and autonomous from other organizations
  • Nondiscriminatory towards its Korean adoptee members
  • Primary representative of the Korean adoptee community in their region.

Organization Eligibility:

To be eligible for International Membership in the IKAA Network, organizations must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Organizational activity for a minimum of five consecutive years
    • Activities must include a minimum of four minor events and one major event per year.
      • “Minor” events could include organizational dinners or discussion groups, etc.
      • “Major” events include activities that invite the entire membership of the organization to participate.
  • Legal status as nonprofit organization with accompanying bylaws
    • United States – incorporation as a 501(c)(3) organization (or in the application process)
    • Europe / Canada / Australia – status equivalent to the U.S. 501(c)(3) designation
    • Korea – national NPO and/or NGO status
  • Minimum of 50 people as members (however the organization defines “members”)
  • No other existing organization from the same country (Europe) or state (U.S.) with current IKAA International membership, unless with the unanimous approval of all existing IKAA member associations
  • At least 75% of the organization’s leadership (e.g. Board of Directors) is comprised of adult adoptees
  • Current website
  • One member of the organization willing to sit on the IKAA Board of Directors as a full representative and fulfill all Board member requirements for a period of two (2) years.
  • If there is an annual IKAA membership fee, payment is due within the first quarter of the fiscal year, unless there is a written agreement with the Executive Board of Directors

IKAA Board of Directors:

Each organization possessing full International membership may be represented on the IKAA Board of Directors.  Organizations must provide at least one Primary Director and preferably one Secondary Director as well.  The Board of Directors has the following responsibilities:

  • Managing and conducting the business and affairs of IKAA
  • Ensuring that IKAA adheres to its mission and meets its objectives
  • Electing the Executive Committee
  • Establishing project groups and sub-committees for different activities

Board Member eligibility, terms, and requirements:

  • Each Director is elected or appointed by their association’s governing board. There will be no individual representation. Both directors have the same rights, including voting, but there is only one vote per member organization, as laid out in the bylaws.
  • Each Organization’s representative director retains a veto right, following a good faith effort to resolve the issue through discussion and only after all avenues of discussion have been exhausted, on any vote that concerns a financial obligation for their own member association or a vote relating to these policies and procedures.
  • Each Organization’s representative director must live in the region (or country) served by the Organization they represent for a minimum of 6 months per fiscal year that they represent that organization, including having their permanent residence in that region (or country). Directors must be an active participant of their member organization.
  • If no individual is elected or appointed as the organization’s IKAA Director, the organization’s current President is automatically part of the Board as a non-voting observer.
  • Primary or Secondary Directors must attend the Annual Convention and one regional meeting/event per year.
  • Directors have two-year terms, for a maximum of five consecutive terms.
  • Terms begin on September 1st.
    If the Primary (or Secondary) Director leaves the organization they represent, or does not live in the country/region of the member organization for the designated period of time, the Director must resign as soon as this information is made known. The remaining Director, or Organization’s President (if there is no other Director), will fulfill the remaining term of the departing Director.
  • Directors must maintain regular communication with other Directors and Representative Councilmembers and their local boards through attendance at quarterly electronic chats.
  • Directors must work together for large-scale events and projects.
  • Directors must vote in a manner representative of their Organization’s interest and not individual interests.
  • Directors must adhere to the IKAA Leadership’s Code of Ethical Conduct.

Application Information and Procedures:

  • Written narrative history of the applying organization including:
    • Current number of members
    • Current list of board members
    • Current website URL
  • Copy of 501 (c)(3) determination letter from the IRS (United States) or equivalent documentation for non-U.S. organizations.
  • Copy of organizational bylaws.
  • Listing & brief description of major and minor events for the past 2 years and any other major / milestone events / accomplishments that the applying organization would like to highlight.
  • Name and brief bio of candidate for organization’s Representative Director for the IKAA Board (including candidate’s history with the applying organization).

IKAA Associate Membership (Representative Council)

Policy: The Associate membership on the Representative Council belongs to the Member Organization. Korean adoptee organizations wishing to become an associate member of IKAA must possess all of the following requirements:

  • No religious, political, or commercial affiliations.
  • Majority of Events / Activities by adoptees, for adoptees
  • Independent and autonomous from other organizations
  • Nondiscriminatory towards its Korean adoptee members
  • Primary representative of the Korean adoptee community in their region.

Organization Eligibility:

To be eligible for Associate Membership in the IKAA Network, organizations must satisfy the following criteria:

  • At least 75% of the organization’s leadership (e.g. Board of Directors) is comprised of adult adoptees
  • The applying organization must be membership based (however the organization defines “membership”)
  • One member of the organization willing to sit on the IKAA Representative Council and fulfill the requirements of Associate members for a period of one (1) year.
  • Organization must guarantee participation at one regional Leadership meeting per year (preferably in person, but telecommuniting is also possible).

Additionally, organizations must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • Organizational activity for a minimum of one consecutive year
    • “Activities” must include regular events and/or meetings (at least quarterly) that reflect the interests of the membership beyond the leadership.
    • No “major” event required.
  • Formally established organization with governance documentation
    • United States – Legal status and incorporation as a non-profit organization with accompanying bylaws (or committed to the process of securing this status)
    • Europe / Canada / Australia – Established as a non-profit or community organization
    • Korea – national NPO and/or NGO status

NOTE: Organizations from regions/state where there are already existing IKAA International Member Associations may apply for Associate Membership, provided the local organization approves and the IKAA Board of Directors approves in accordance with the procedures listed below.

IKAA Representative Council:

Councilmembers are elected or appointed by his or her adoptee association. There will be no individual representation. Both primary and secondary councilmembers have the same rights, including voting, but there is only one vote per member organization.

Representative Councilmember eligibility, terms, and requirements:

  • Councilmembers are elected or appointed by his or her adoptee association. There will be no individual representation. Both primary and secondary councilmembers have the same rights, including voting, but there is only one vote per member organization.
  • Each Councilmember must live in the region (or country) served by the Organization they represent for a minimum of 6 months per fiscal year that they represent that organization, including having their permanent residence in that region (or country). Councilmembers must be an active participant of their member organization.
  • If no individual is elected or appointed as the organization’s Councilmember, the organization’s current President is automatically part of the Representative Council as a non-voting observer.
  • Primary or Secondary Councilmembers must attend one regional meeting/event per year.
  • Councilmembers have one-year terms, for a maximum of five consecutive terms.
  • Terms begin on September 1st.
  • If the Primary (or Secondary) Councilmember leaves the organization they represent, or does not live in the country/region of the member organization for the designated period of time, the Councilmember must resign as soon as this information is made known. The remaining Councilmember, or Organization’s President (if there is no other Councilmember), will fulfill the remaining term of the departing Councilmember.
  • Councilmembers must vote in a manner representative of their Organization’s interest and not individual interests.
  • Councilmembers must adhere to the IKAA Leadership’s Code of Ethical Conduct.

IKAA Network Membership Benefits

IKAA Network Membership Benefits

ORGANIZATIONAL EXPOSURE AND PROMOTION

  • IKAA Network
    • Promotions of large-scale and/or international events by fellow member organizations.
    • Increased and broader awareness about fellow member organizations, especially internationally, including events, programs, and services offered.
  • IKAA Website – We are currently in the process of redesigning the Website.

    • Each member organization has their own page on the IKAA Website, with details including the mission, a brief history, contact(s), and programming information.
    • Member organizations can also submit their events for inclusion in the IKAA Network Calendar of Events to be maintained on the IKAA Website.
    • A sample of the new Member Organization website page will be available shortly.
  • IKAA e-zine
    • Each member organization is included in the IKAA e-zine, a semi-annual online publication that is distributed internationally to all IKAA and Global Member Organization contacts in both English and Korean, including Korean Consulates and Embassies throughout the United States and Europe, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and former and current sponsors.
    • View the most recent IKAA e-zine:
  • IKAA International Contacts and Affiliations
    • Each member organization may include links and/or logos to external organizations / institutions / corporations with whom IKAA has established as an international contact or affiliate. This will not only provide recognition to those who support IKAA, but will also provide the opportunity for local organizations to promote themselves on their websites as being part of a truly international network that includes support from prestigious and prominent organizations / institutions / corporations.
    • Member organizations also have their own contacts from local organizations / institutions / corporations that often have branches elsewhere, and can help put you establish communication with your local office with a referral or recommendation.

ACCESS TO THE IKAA NETWORK’S SHARED RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

  • Experience: The IKAA Member Organizations have extensive experience with the volunteer, non-profit world, which is used to help our fellow organizations. Some main points of experience include:
    • Event and conference planning
    • Specialized and/or sustainable programming
    • Establishing and maintaining relationships with local cultural and educational institutions / organizations
    • Opening and building communication with local Korean Consulates and Embassies
    • Fundraising / Sponsorship
    • Organizational and Leadership Development
  • Sharing of General Information and Resources
    • Opportunities (for adoptees), both local and abroad
    • Sharing of Documentation
      • Successful sponsorship proposals
      • Formal letters (for a range of purposes)
      • Governance documentation
  • The Hague Special Commission
    • IKAA is the only adult adoptee organization that has been invited to not only attend The Hague Special Commissions (2005, 2010), but also make presentations addressing post-adoption services and adoption policy.
    • IKAA Member Organizations all had the opportunity to contribute to the documents presented at The Hague Special Commission based on their local experiences and were all co-signatories on documentation.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR YOUR MEMBERS

  • Discounted registration fees for your members
    • IKAA Events: The membership of individual IKAA Organizations will receive discounts on registration for IKAA events like the Gatherings in Seoul.
    • IKAA Member Organization Events: The membership of individual IKAA Organizations will be extended the same discounted registration fees as local members.
  • Travel discounts (when available)
  • IKAA travel contact(s): Access to contact person(s) if your members are traveling or moving to a city/country where another IKAA Organization exists — to hang out with, for advice about the location, etc…

IKAA Network Membership Application & Deadlines

IKAA Network Membership Application & Deadlines

GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM (.doc)

Application Information and Procedures:

  • Written narrative history of the applying organization including:
    • Current number of members
    • Current list of board members
  • Copy of 501 (c)(3) determination letter from the IRS (United States) or equivalent documentation for non-U.S. organizations.
  • Copy of organizational bylaws.
  • Listing & brief description of events for the past year and any other major / milestone events / accomplishments that the applying organization would like to highlight.
  • Name and brief bio of candidate for organization’s Representative Councilmember (including candidate’s history with the applying organization).

Deadline: The deadline for the submission of Membership Applications will be set each year prior to the Annual Convention.

2015 Deadline: October 1, 2015 (Annual Convention in Honolulu – October 8, 2015)

2016 Deadline: July 15, 2016 (Annual Convention in Seoul – August 2016)

Submission Email: Please send applications to the IKAA Board of Directors at info@ikaa.org.

Review of Applications: IKAA reserves the right to reject any or all applications submitted in response to the application process.

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