JaeRan Kim PhD, LISW was born in South Korea and adopted to the United States at the age of 3 in 1971. She has worked in foster care/adoption (both public and private), with at-risk young moms, and with adults with disabilities in residential care. Jae Ran completed her  PhD in Social Work at the University of Minnesota and was a Project Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the School of Social Work. JaeRan is a recipient of the Title IV-E Child Welfare and LEND fellowships. JaeRan is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Washington – Tacoma in the social work program.

JaeRan’s research focuses on vulnerable children, with particular attention to those in out of home care both in the U.S. and around the world. Her most recently completed research was a study of the perspectives of adoptive parents who placed an internationally adopted child in out of home care. Currently, JaeRan is researching the experiences of Korean adoptee parents in the U.S. in partnership with the University of Minnesota.

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