AKA SoCal Quarterly Meeting

As AKA SoCal enters into its 20th year of existence, it is important that the organization continues its works so it can provide support for the community. Thus we need your support and participation! 

Since its inception, AKA SoCal has always been fueled by passionate volunteers & members who care about the local adoptee community. As we enter into a new quarter, it is time for new energy to continue to carry things forward! 

Please join us for this very important meeting as new leadership will be discussed and determined. Transitions will be happening at the end of August so we need your help in making this process possible. A new board will be established.

Let’s make sure AKA SoCal can continue to be a part of the community for another 20 years and beyond!

When: Saturday, August 2nd
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Heyri Coffee House (755 S Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90005)
* Upstairs Room 1

Please RSVP in advance! If you are interested in being a part of the board please come. 

For questions or concerns please contact us directly at info@aka-socal.org

We have been excited about the collaboration with Dr. Miya Erickson who recently facilitated the Support Group for Korean Adult Adoptees. Although there were many inquiries, due to the low turn out we are hoping that we can continue to offer this resource within the community. In order to ensure this, we need your participation! 

Join us: 
Saturday, August 2nd from 10am – 12pm 
Intercountry Adult Adoptee Support Group
Discussion Topic: Searching for Birth Family

Please note:
- RSVP in advance! In order to honor everyone’s time & commitment payment must also be made in advanced and is non-refundable.
- Unfortunately the AKA SoCal membership discount will no longer be available and it will be $25 for anyone who wishes to participate.
- Support Group is now open to all Intercountry Adoptees!
- Registration form must be submitted alongside payment.

For further inquiries or information please contact Dr. Miya Erickson at: drmiyaerickson@icloud.com or by phone at 626-566-7789

Korean Adult Adoptee Support Group

We are thrilled to announce the launching of a Korean Adult Adoptee Support Group! 
In collaboration with Dr. Miya Erickson, the group will convene every 1st Saturday of the month. 
 
Please join us for the first group on June 7th at 2:30 – 4:30pm.
Cost: AKA SoCal Members $20/meeting; non-members $25/meeting
Location: 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 305, Pasadena, CA 91101

Participation limited to first 8 RSVPs. Must RSVP in advance!
To confirm availability please RSVP to 626-566-7789
 
More information about Dr. Erickson:
Miya D. Erickson, MSW, Psy.D., offers a unique perspective as an adoption professional, Korean Adult Adoptee, and adoptive parent. Professionally, Dr. Erickson first worked as an adoptions social worker, during which time she created and facilitated pre-adoption education workshops and conducted home studies for adoptive families. Dr. Erickson did her MSW at CSULB and conducted her Masters Thesis on Attitudes Toward Interracial Adoption. After becoming an adoptive parent, Dr. Erickson went on to do additional clinical training and obtained her Psy.D. from Alliant University where she focused her dissertation work on Disrupted Adoptions. Currently, she in private practice in Pasadena as a registered psychological assistant where she specializes working with all members of the adoption triad – including adoptees, adoptive families and birth families. Dr. Erickson’s long-term goal and passion is to open up a post-adoption resource clinic.
 
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Quarterly Meeting

Quarterly Meeting

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1602196_302566659891331_630938546_oThanks to those who came to participate in the quarterly meeting! We had peeps from all across SoCal including Bakersfield, San Diego, Long Beach, Pasadena, Culver City, Anaheim, Walnut, and many other corners of LA. Your support keeps us going!

AKA SoCal Facebook Group

AKA SoCal Facebook Group

As discussed at our recent quarterly meeting we will be streamlining communication by consolidating our Facebook groups.
Please join:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/akasocal/

This group will now serve as the main Facebook hub and will continue to be a closed group. Additionally, the AKA SoCal Fan Page will be open and will provide organizational updates/information.

Make sure to also check our website for the latest information and events.
Thanks!
AKA SoCal

Call for submissions! 

Are you a member of the adoption triad? Do you have a story you want to share? We want to hear your voice!

Focusing on birth family search, reunion, and post-reunion experiences, our project will highlight the diverse perspectives of adult adoptees, birth family members, and adoptive family members.

To contribute your perspective and/or learn more about our project, please visit our website (http://windowonreunion.wordpress.com/), where you will find our submission prompt.

Please join us at our upcoming Quarterly Meeting!

Saturday, March 22, 2014
3:00pm – 5:30pm
Heyri Coffee Shop
755 South Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Meet some new faces and join us for our Quarterly Meeting. We will discuss our results from our leadership training meeting with OD180 Consulting and review ideas we have for redefining our mission. After the meeting we will grab dinner in Ktown.

*Event is public due to sharing restrictions. This event is not open to the public. Please, only Korean Adoptees may attend. Thank you.

Call for Submissions for 2014 Boston Korean Adoptee Conference

Boston Korean Adoptees are collecting stories for their 2014 BKA Conference. They are creating “my story ~ 우리 스토리”, a collection of stories told from our point of view about our lives and experiences as adoptees, that will be shared with attendees at the conference in Boston in August. (Think Korean adoptee version of “This American Life”; a “This Adoptee Life.”) Use creativity and feel free to submit your story using audio, video, picture slideshows, or any other multimedia medium. We’re accepting stories from today up until the end of the July 2014. For examples check out these: http://bkadoptee.org/ourdigitalstories

If you are interested in contributing to this collection submit a video or short ~90 second presentation about your story, the story of your organization, or what his/her adoption experience has been like. We’d appreciate any sort of participation or help us spread this information to others. Thanks for your time!
If you have any questions, please contact: mystory@bkadoptee.org. or visit http://www.bkadoptee.org/DSP.