KIDS Adoptee Symposium 2016


KIDS Adoptee Symposium June 17th & 18th

Registration is now open! You don’t have to be a KIDS member to attend this great event, just an interested party…we welcome teen and adult adoptees, their families, parents & friends – there will be items of interest for all ages!  Space is limited, so don’t delay in registering! 

Come listen to adult Korean adoptee speakers from the United States and Europe share their insight and knowledge about their struggles, successes and coming to terms with identity. Highlights include a private screening of “Twinsters”, including a Q&A with the Director & Artist, Samantha Futerman, and a performance by internet music sensation JunCurryAhn, along with some tasty Korean food! Both days of this symposium will be held at the Escala Condominiums, 1920 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 (one block north of Macy’s). There are many parking options around Escala with the easiest being the parking garage on the west side of 4th Avenue above Bed Bath & Beyond (between 3rd & 4th Avenues).

Cost is $50 for the two day symposium ($30 for children ages 5-12). Children under 5 are free. If you can only attend one of the days, Friday will be $25 ($15 for kids) and Saturday will be $35 ($20 for kids). Checks should be made payable to KIDS and mailed to 1920 4th Ave Unit 1405, Seattle, WA 98101. If you want to pay by credit card or Paypal you can use Jackie Holm’s Paypal account at (as KIDS doesn’t have a Paypal account for this one-time activity). If you don’t have a Paypal account (or still want to pay by credit card), please email Jackie at the same email address. Payment through Paypal will be slightly higher than payment by check ($54 for both days, $27 Friday only, $37 Saturday only – children $32, $16, $21, respectively).

To register, please click here:
**Your registration will not be complete until you have paid. We will send a confirmation once we’ve received your payment.

Friday’s schedule (11 AM – 4 PM)
11 AM – Noon – DNA testing & outcomes – if you have results, bring & share, or come if you just want to find out more information and hear stories of why this is important to adoptees.
Noon – 1:00 PM – Enjoy a scrumptious Korean lunch
1:05 PM – 3 PM – LGBTQ discussion – Intersection of Gender & Adoption.
1:05 PM – 3 PM – Hear and see the history of US and European Adult Adoptee Associations, formation of IKAA (International Korean Adoptee Associations) and Gatherings in Korea and elsewhere.
3:05 PM – 4 PM – JunCurryAhn performance, followed by a Q&A with the artist

Saturday’s schedule (10 AM – 5 PM)
10 AM – Noon – Korean Adoptees’ Identity, Search, & Family dynamics – hear differences between adoptees growing up in the US versus Europe and get answers to your questions (ever wonder if there’s someone out there that looks like you? Thought you were a twin but now you’re a triplet? Inquiring minds…).
Noon – 1:30 PM – Enjoy a scrumptious Korean lunch
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM – see the film Twinsters, followed by a Q&A with the artist/director.
3:40 PM – 4:10 PM – performing artist’s panel – are there racial issues being an Asian in the movie or music industry?
4:15 PM – 4:45 PM – Enjoy another music performance by JunCurryAhn!


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KIDS Presents: KPOP Workshop with Beatburger

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Korean Culture Camp 2014

Here are some photos of camp from the 2014 camp.

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KIDS Korean Culture Camp 2015

Welcome to another year of Teen Camp! We are so excited to announce that this year’s camp will be Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26. There will also be a presentation provided by the teens for their families at noon on Friday, June 26 with a special meal and professional music program, as we are anticipating having some K-pop performers there as well!

We have many great events and activities planned for teens this year during camp. Camp counselors are primarily adult adoptees who have chosen to volunteer and donate their time and travel from all over the world to help out. Many of these counselors have either been counselors at KIDS camp in the past, or were counselors at other adoptee camps.

Korean Teen Culture Camp is for adopted children of Korean descent and their siblings, as well as children of Korean adoptees. Due to another year of canceling KIDS day camp, this year’s Camp will be for ages 10 to 19.

The performers we hope to have also work with some of the top K-pop artists in the industry! And we are hoping their schedules will allow them to spend several days at Camp Casey, and to help lead several activities and share their experiences of Korean Pop Culture with the teens. We will also enjoy a special treat, as one of Jackie’s college friends (at Seattle Pacific University, which also owns Camp Casey) works for the Seattle Sounders and will bring up one of the Sounders players for one day at Camp to participate in some of the activities! And there may be another surprise or two, too!

At KIDS Teen Culture Camp, teens will learn:

  • Korean cooking and food, contemporary Korean dance/ music
  • Establish and maintain friendships
  • Participate in and learn some fun outdoor activities
  • Promote positive feelings for adoptees and learn what it means to be Korean- American
  • Allow teens to share life experiences with adult adoptees, or to ask questions of those who have first-hand experience with issues of race, cultural awareness and identity, living in Korea, being the only adoptee (or Korean) in their age group, etc.

Teen Culture Camp will last 4 nights and 5 days at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island. Some of the activities included are team building competitions, some athletic participation or just learning to be active, campfire skits, exploring cultural identity and heritage with adult adoptees and making friendships and connections with other teen adoptees. All activities for camp will be covered by a tuition price of $300. This will include your T-shirt and your child(s) Friday meal and program, AND, for all attendees, you will also receive a copy of Sam Futerman’s book, Separated @ Birth, which she will sign for you! Your family and friends can also attend the Friday meal and program for $15 per person. Additional copies of the book will also be available. Teens will be transported by bus from 1920 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 on Monday June 22 (drop off by 9:30 am) and will return from Camp Casey on Friday June 26 by 11:30 AM. The meal and program will begin by Noon. The teen presentations will take place after the meal and will be followed by a special performance by our K-pop performers. All this excitement will end by 2:30 PM. Location is in the dinning room and terrace of Escala Condominiums, 1920 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.

Please complete the registration form, (extra) t-shirt order form and camp release by Friday, June 12, 2015, and mail to KIDS, c/o Tim Holm, 1920 Fourth Ave, Unit 1405, Seattle, WA 98101-5114. Please register early because space will be limited (late registrations will be subject to space availability as determined by number of registrants and planning requirements). Confirmation of your teen’s registration will be within a few days of receiving your camp registration. Registration forms can also be found on our web site

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call or email, Jackie Holm, (206) 795-5362,, Aaron James, (360) 318-4420,, or Tim Holm (206) 604-9335,

Thank you and we hope to see ALL OF YOU at camp this year!

You can download the forms here: KIDS 2015 Camp registration packet

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Beatburger KPOP Dance Workshop

Do you like to dance? Ever heard of KPOP? Are you a fan of EXO? Super Junior? SHINee? Girls Generation? F(x)? DBSK? BoA? If you enjoy one or the other or both, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to directly learn famous KPOP dance routines from the guys who choreographed them! KIDS group proudly presents this special dance workshop with live performance team Beatburger, whose members are SM Entertainment’s performance directors and choreographers!

When: Saturday June 28th, 2014
Where: Belltown Dance Studio – 2217 3rd Ave Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98121
Time: 11:15am – 2:15pm
Price:  $15 pre-registration or $20 at the door
**Registered KIDS Teen campers will have free admission**

Beatburger dance wrkshop

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Teen Event May 18th

Hello Teens!

Come join us for an afternoon of bowling and pizza on Sunday May 18th at Acme Bowl in Southcenter! Come out and see your friends before camp starts or if you’re new to camp this year, this will be a great time to meet some of your fellow campers! For more information about camp, please click here.


When: Sunday May 18th, @ 12pm 
Where: ACME bowling in southcenter:
      100 Andover Park West
      Tukwila, WA 98188
*For driving direction, please click here*
Cost: bowling $5.75 per person per game with $4.00 shoe rental

**Food will be provided for you**

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Thank you and hope to see you there!

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Korean Culture Camp 2014: June 23rd – June 27th

Hello Campers, Teens, and Families!

We are excited to announce this year’s Korean Culture Camp will be a full week, June 23rd – June 27th! There will also be a presentation provided by the teens for their families on the late afternoon of Friday, June 27 AND a special meal and professional music program as well after getting back from Whidbey Island!

We have many great events and activities planned for teens this year during camp, including a special guest performance from Beatburger, who are a famous electronic dance music (EDM) live team from Korea. Their DJ, Jaewon Shim, is the performance director at SM Entertainment and has choreographed for the top KPOP artists Girls Generation, Super Junior, F(x), DBSK, Exo and BoA.  They will be attending several days at Camp Casey, and will help lead several activities and share their experiences of Korean Pop Culture with the teens.  Along with two other SM Entertainment dancers and their guitarist, Beatburger will put on an unforgettable performance for the teens during camp!

This year’s camp will be run by Jackie Holm, with the assistance of Aaron James, and we have a great group of adult adoptee counselors, who have chosen to volunteer and donate their time and travel to help out. Many of these counselors have been a counselor at KIDS camp in the past, or were counselors at other adoptee camps. With all the exciting things we have planned for camp this year, we have decided to lower the age requirements for the teen camp.  Teen Camp will be extended to those entering 6th grade and up in the fall of 2014, ages 11 ½ – 18.

You won’t want your kids to miss out! So don’t hesitate to  register as spots for camp will fill up fast! Please click this link for 2014 camp registration

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