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In the summer of 2009, the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston in consultation with Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc. (BKA), commenced a project aimed at documenting post-adoption services and programs available to Asian adoptees, principally Korean, in Massachusetts and assessing their content and relevance. In the first part of the project, a questionnaire was sent to providers of post-adoption services and program currently available requesting information about their services—number, content, clientele, resources, and staffing. In addition providers were asked to comment on the frequency of requests for services and on challenges faced in offering them. The project’s second part focused on learning from adult adoptees about their personal experiences with post-adoption services. Discussion groups with adoptees gave them an opportunity to discuss the importance of these services during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

This report presents the findings from the survey and discussions, after providing some brief background information about the history and magnitude of Asian adoptions in the United States. It concludes with recommendations on how service providers and other organizations can better address adoptees’ interests through improving and expanding services and by working in collaboration with each other, the adult adoptee community, and the Asian American community at large.


This project was made possible in part by the Public Service Grant Program of the University of Massachusetts Boston.



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