Last Call for Session Proposals

The deadline to submit a session proposal for #KAAN2019 is Thursday, Nov. 1.
#KAAN2019 will explore the theme Transforming the Adoption Narrative and we are looking for proposals that address the evolution of how adoption and the experiences of adoptees are understood by members of the adoption constellation, adoption practitioners, and non-adopted people.

You will find all of the information about the #KAAN2019 theme and focus, as well has how to submit a session proposal, on our website at

Don't miss out! Submit your proposal now!
Note from the Executive Director

I have been in the role of executive director of KAAN for just over a month and a half now and I have learned a few things. I have learned that there are endless emails to write and respond to, and that conference calls are now a weekly part of my life! I have also learned that there is a great team of dedicated and passionate people who volunteer their time and talent to KAAN every day. I am forever grateful for their help in this transition.

One part I was not prepared for were the emails welcoming me, asking me how the transition is going, and letting me know what an impact KAAN has had in their life and development. These personal exchanges and emails have reminded me that KAAN is a strong support network that spreads across the nation. I feel both proud and humble to part of such a group that works to support the adoptee through all of the developmental stages.

The passion, dedication and support for one another are showcased through our annual conference. There is still time to submit a proposal before the Nov. 1 deadline. I look forward to seeing how we can further the connections through conversation and action together.

- Katie Bozek
KAAN Executive Director
Adoptees and Genetic Testing Study

Past KAAN presenter and Korean adoptee Heewon Lee is working on a research study entitled, “How Do Domestic and International Adult Adoptees With or Without Biological Family Health History Use Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing?”
She is inviting adoptees to participate in the research study about direct-to-consumer genetic testing (e.g., 23andme, Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, etc.). The purpose of this research is to understand how domestic and international adult adoptees may or may not use direct-to-consumer genetic testing and how their biological family health history might influence their experience of genetic testing. You do not need to have purchased or taken a direct-to-consumer genetic test to be involved in this study. This study does NOT provide genetic testing. The study consists an online survey that will take about 15 minutes.
You are potentially eligible if you are:
(1) Internationally OR domestically adopted
(2) 18 years of age or older
(3) Currently living in the United States
If you are interested in participating in the study, please click this link:
Upon completion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter a lottery for a $10 Amazon gift card.
This study (STUDY00004142) has been reviewed by the University of Minnesota Human Research Protection Program. This study is being conducted by: Heewon Lee, BA, under the supervision of Heather Zierhut, PhD, MS, CGC, Department of CBS Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development.
Thank you for your time!
Heewon Lee  |  University of Minnesota
Genetic counseling student, Genetic Counseling Program
University of Minnesota

Looking Forward to #KAAN2019
#KAAN2019 will be held in Minneapolis in June 28-30, 2019.
Conference registration will open in early 2019.

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