Korean Adoptees of Chicago
Official Organization Name: Korean Adoptees of Chicago
Location / Region Served: Chicagoland Area
Year Founded: 2008
Member of IKAA Network Since: 2015
Mission Statement: Korean 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 History: In 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
Official Website: www.katchicago.com
Organization Email: KADS@katchicago.com