August 2 – 7, 2016 · Seoul
The IKAA Gathering 2016 will take place in Seoul, Korea on August 2 – 7, 2016 and will promote the connection of adult Korean adoptees to each other and their Korean heritage, as well as welcome future generations of adoptees into the adoptee community. This is the largest conference of its kind, occurring only once every three years, with attendees from all across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Attendance in 2016 is expected to reach over 500 participants.
The workshops and sessions at the IKAA Gatherings provide a time for participants to explore more specific topics related to adoption, the adoptee experience, or the themes of the Gatherings. Past sessions and topics have included birth family search, birth family reunion experiences, building relationships with birth family members post-reunion, Korea from a historical perspective, developments in domestic Korean adoption, working and living in Korea, Korean adoptees’ relationships with adoptive family, parenthood, exploring identity through art, and much more. The age breakout session, one of the most popular, is a session where attendees are split into groups according to their age. Adoptees have an opportunity to meet and talk about personal experiences with others of a similar age, regardless of their adoptive country.
The theme of the IKAA Gathering 2016 is Connecting Communities & Looking Towards the Future. As the adoptee community continues to grow by adding new generations, both through their own children and families, as well as new and future leaders, it is important for adoptees to stay connected. Building a strong community leads to a brighter future with more resources and services for all adoptees and their families.