International Korean Adoptee Associations

Korean Adoptees of Chicago



Official Organization NameKorean Adoptees of Chicago

Location / Region ServedChicagoland Area

Year Founded2008

Member of IKAA Network Since: 2015

Mission StatementKorean Adoptees of Chicago (KAtCH) exists to serve Adult Korean Adoptees in the Chicagoland area. KAtCH also promotes education and awareness about issues surrounding transracial, international adoption and multicultural issues.

Brief HistoryIn February 2008, KAtCH was founded by Kim Langrehr, Anne Mills, and Katie Stefani. These three adult adoptees met each other at the International Korean Adoptee Association’s (IKAA) Mini-Gathering that took place in Las Vegas, NV in January 2008. After connecting at the IKAA Mini-Gathering they began to build the adult Korean adoptee community that is now known as KAtCH – Korean Adoptees of Chicago. In May of 2009, we became registered as an Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporation. We are currently in the process of becoming registered as a federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization with the IRS.

Regular Programs, Activities, and Events:
– Adoptee Playshops: KAtCH Members as adult volunteers with young adoptee groups and participating in group discussions with adoptive parents.
– Movie Nights: Adoptee movie screenings, followed by discussion.
– Panel Discussions
– Monthly Social Dinners
– Mentorship Program
– Cooking Classes / Exploring Korean Cuisine
– Events in Partnership with Local Korean Organizations and Events



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