I am originally from the Western New York area and grew up in Lockport, New York. I was adopted when I was 7 months old from South Korea in 1986 to my family and also have a younger brother who was also adopted from Korea as an infant. I was first introduced to the Korean Adoptee (KAD) community in 2010 after attending the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network’s annual conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. However, my interest in adoption began at an early age. Throughout the years I have expanded my knowledge and views about adoption, adoption research and practice, the social work field, and where I fit in the big picture. My personal and professional experiences have led to my interest in adoption, social work, child welfare, and subsequently my international advanced field placement in my birth country: South Korea.
I am currently completing my advanced year in the MSW graduate program at the University at Buffalo in New York and will be graduating this spring 2013! I also have a Bachelor of Art degree in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary with a concentration in Health and Human Services from the same institution. My MSW field placement for my foundation year was in a urban school setting working with at-risk students, their families, and the education system.
I am also employed full-time as a case manager at a non-profit agency in Western New York that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. The agency has been supportive in allowing me this incredible opportunity to travel to South Korea for my field placement.
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