Stork and Cradle

The mission of Also-Known-As, Inc. is to empower the voice of adult international adoptees, build cultural bridges, transform perceptions of race, and acknowledge the loss of the birth country, culture, language and biological family experienced by international adoptees.
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At the heart of the organization are adult adoptees and friends who give a voice to the international adoptee community by providing innovative post adoption services, educational programs, and community building activities, serving those on their adoption life journey.

 

Mission

The mission of Also-Known-As, Inc. is to empower the voice of adult international adoptees, build cultural bridges, transform perceptions of race, and acknowledge the loss of the birth country, culture, language and biological family experienced by international adoptees.

Vision

At the heart of Also-Known-As, Inc., are adult adoptees and friends who envision a community that empowers the adoption experience, provides resources for bridging cultural gaps and transforms conversations about race.  In celebrating the community of people, whose lives, through adoption, bridge nations, cultures and races, we ignite the possibility of a future that celebrates our common humanity and enjoys our human diversity.

Throughout Also-Known-As, we are committed to generating a space in which people can know their cultures and begin the adventure of being profoundly related.  In stepping beyond the traditional boundaries of family, race and culture, we are a clearing for a new conversation that shatters racial and cultural stereotypes.  As we distinguish our own assumptions, we empower others to see the dignity of the individual.  Pioneering boldness for all people, we say identity is a choice, freely created unbounded possibility.  As we embrace the paradoxes and contradictions that arise from our different identities, we are given the unique opportunity to serve as bridges of cultural understanding.

In a world separated by fear and hatred, we at Also-Known-As stand for the greatness of our human spirits that can shift mind and heart to embrace and love another as a daughter or a son, a sister or a brother.  Our families are truly global.

History

Also-Known-As, Inc., was founded in 1996 out of a desire to create an organization that recognized and celebrated the community of people whose lives, through adoption, bridge nations, cultures and races.  Recognizing the invaluable resource and experience of adult intercountry adoptees, in May of 1996, a small group of Korean adoptees and friends in the New York metropolitan area began planning a mentorship program targeted to a new generation of intercountry adoptees.  Since then our mission and programs have expanded, to include not only the experiences of Korean-born intercountry adoptees, and families but, all families created by intercountry adoption and the unique experiences of transcultured people, seeking to share the human experiences of adoption.

At the heart of the organization are adult adoptees and friends who give a voice to the international adoptee community by providing innovative post adoption services, educational programs, and community building activities, serving those on their adoption life journey. 

Also-Known-As, Inc. is a Federal 501(c)3 non-profit organization with an all volunteer Board of Directors.

Timeline

May 7, 1996

First Formal Meeting of Also-Known-As, Inc.. Organization charter, mission and organization name was established.

June 26, 1996

www.akaworld.org the official website of also-known-as, was launched

July 12, 1996

Inaugural social event introducing the organization to the Korean American and Adoption Community.

September 18, 1996

Incorporated in the State of New York

September 21, 1996

Adoption Forums Program created

December 10, 1996

a.k.a. World Newsletter published 
May 9th, 1997 1st Annual Fundraiser held

June 20, 1997

First Panel Discussion

June 1, 1997

Publication of first monthly bulletin

October 5, 1997

First March in Korean Heritage Day Parade

November 8, 1997

Youth Mentorship Program launched

February 23, 1998

Guest Gathering Program created

July 14, 1998

Co-Sponsored 1st Korean Motherland Visit

January 1999

Korean Language Class program created

March 1999

First Also-Known-As Sponsored Culture Day

August 17, 1999

Board of Directors Retreat

September 10, 1999

Co-Sponsored 1st International Gathering of Adult Korean Adoptees in Washington, DC

June 29, 2000

First Also-Known-As Sponsored Motherland Visit to Korea

August 9, 2001

Co-Sponsored 2nd International Gathering of Adult Korean Adoptees in Oslo, Norway

August 17, 2001

National Convention of Also-Known-As

June 13, 2002

Achievement in Adoption Dinner

March 2004

Official Formation of the International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) Network

August 4, 2004

Co-Sponsored 3rd International Gathering of Adult Korean Adoptees in Seoul, Korea

January 2005

Teen Mentorship Program launched

October 6, 2005

Hosted Mini-Gathering of Adult Korean Adoptees in NYC

June 18-24, 2006

IKAA Leadership Conference in Seoul, Korea, Sponsored by the Overseas Koreans Foundation (OKF)

October 7, 2006

10th Anniversary Celebration

August 1-5, 2007

Co-Organized IKAA Gathering of Adult Korean Adoptees in Seoul, Korea (4th International)

April 16-19, 2009

Hosted IKAA NYC Mini-Gathering

August 3-8, 2010

Co-Organized IKAA Gathering of Adult Korean Adoptees in Seoul, Korea (5th International)

April 29-May 1, 2011

Also-Known-As 15th Anniversary Celebration

 

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