SEOUL, Korea - October 29, 2007 - Beginning November 1st, Global
Overseas Adoptees’ Link (G.O.A.’L) will set-up informational booths
at major train stations around the Korean peninsula to promote
awareness of international adoption and efforts to connect overseas
adopted Koreans with their Korean birth families.
In support of this campaign, through funding provided by the Ministry
of Health and Welfare, G.O.A.’L published, Now, We’re one Family
Again (English translation of title), a 3-color search directory book
featuring 160 overseas adopted Koreans who are searching for their
Korean families. This directory was first made public through YTN
International news channel in February 2007, and was distributed to
members of the Korean National Assembly and public offices nationwide
in April and May 2007.
November 1st, Seoul Station will be the official first site of the
campaign with staff and volunteers handing out informational
materials about birth family search, process and ways to contact the
adoptees featured in the search directory and on the G.O.A.’L website
database. November 8th, the campaign will move to Busan Train
Station, Gyeongsan Province, and November 15th will culminate at
Gwangju Train Station in Jeolla Province.
G.O.A.’L is a registered non-profit, NGO adoptee organization based
in Seoul, Korea founded by overseas adopted Koreans in 1998.
Beginning as a network to assist overseas Korean adoptees returning
to Korea to access Korean society by bridging barriers of language
and culture, G.O.A.’L has worked tirelessly to educate, create a
voice for and increase recognition of overseas adopted Koreans in
their homeland through lobbying the Korean government, organizing an
annual conference addressing adoption-related issues, publishing a
regular bi-lingual newsletter and coordinating public education,
networking & social events.
G.O.A.’L has grown into an organization that provides post-adoption
services including: birth family search assistance, translation/
, 1-on-1 Korean language tutoring, scholarships for Korean language
study at well-known Korean universities, referrals to partner
organizations, advice on visiting or living in Korea and assistance
with accessing basic services in Korea such as opening a bank
account, setting-up mobile phone service or obtaining the F-4 visa, etc.
For more information: www.goal.or.kr