Are you an intercountry/international adoptee 18+ years or older?

  • Did you spend time (30 days or more) in foster care, group home, residential treatment, wilderness treatment camp, treatment ranch, or long-term hospitalization program before you turned 18 years old?
  • Or did your adoptive parents kick you out of the house, leading you to couch-surf, stay in shelters or live without secure housing?
  • Were you “re-homed” or placed in a formal or informal adoptive home with someone other than the parents to whom you were originally adopted?


My name is JaeRan Kim, and I am an assistant professor at the University of Washington Tacoma. I am conducting a research study on intercountry adoptees who, after their adoption by U.S. parents, experienced an adoption disruption, dissolution or displacement. Participation in the study would include completing a survey and an interview.

If you would like more information about this study, or would like to participate, please contact me at for more information. This study has been approved by the University of Washington Institutional Review Board. Thank you for your consideration.


[Edited 4/28/17 to add: participants must have been originally adopted to the United States. I also want to expand on the placements that I consider “out-of-home.”]

  • Homelessness due to the adoptive parent’s refusal to house the participant or as a result of abuse/neglect by adoptive parents (e.g. couch-surfing with friends, living on the street)
  • long-term shelter for youth
  • group home
  • juvenile detention
  • residential treatment center
  • in-patient hospitalization program
  • formal foster care
  • wilderness treatment program or ranch-based treatment program
  • an informal, non-relative family placement with a non-related and/or unfamiliar family (i.e. a “re-home” family)
  • another adoptive family