JaeRan Kim, PhD, MSW, LISW
University of Washington, Tacoma
School of Social Work and Criminal Justice


Ph.D School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 2015
M.S.W. School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 2006
B.S.W. Metropolitan State University, College of Professional Studies St. Paul, MN. 2005

Selected Publications



Branco, S.F., Kim, J., Newton, G., Cooper-Lewter, S. & O’Loughlin, P. (2022). Out of the fog and into consciousness: A model of adoptee awareness. Self-published manuscript, retrieved from https://harlows-monkey.com/2022/06/23/coming-to-consciousness/

Kim, J. (2022). A brief history of foster care. CW360: Supporting collaborative birth and foster parent relationships. (Summer, 2022). University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Sellmaier, C. & Kim, J. (Published online July, 2022). Working and caring for a disabled adopted child in times of COVID-19. Child and Family Social Work. DOI: doi/abs/10.1111/cfs.12955

Kim, J. (2022). “Forever family is a Hallmark idea”: Adoption discontinuity experiences of intercountry adoptees. Child Abuse and Neglect. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.105184

Hanlon, R., Kim, J., Woo, C., Day, A., Vanderwill, L. & Dallimore, E. (published online May 10, 2022). An Exploratory Study of the Impact of COVID-19 on Foster Parenting. Child and Family Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12863

Day, A., Garcia-Rosales, K., Woo, C., Vanderwill, L. Kim, J, and Dallimore, E. (2022). Who are our caregivers: An assessment of the characteristics of foster and adoptive parents at certain foster parenting milestones across two states. 1-26. Journal of Public Child Welfare, https://doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2022.2068731


Kim, J.R. (2021).  Race and power in transracial and transnational adoption: Historical legacies, current issues, and future challenges. In C. Wijeyesinghe, (Ed.). The Complexities of Race: Emerging Issues Related to Culture, Policy, Identity, and Social Justice Practice. New York University Press.

Hanlon, R., Feltler, A., Day, A., Vanderwill, L., Kim, J. & Dallimore, E. (2021). Systematic review of foster care recruitment. Child Welfare, 99(1).

Hanlon, R., Simon, J., Day, A., Vanderwill, L., Kim, J., & Dallimore, E. (2021). Systematic review of factors affecting foster parent retention. Families in Society, 102(3), 285-299. DOI: 1044389420970034.

Koh, B.D. & Kim, J. (2021). Examining the intersection of ethics and adoption. Adoption  Quarterly, 24(1), 1-4. DOI: 10.1080/10926755.2020.1830326


Kim, J.R. (2020). Anti-Blackness and adoption.  Adoptalk, 2020, Issue 2, 6-8.

Koh, B.D. & Kim, J.R. (2020). Examining the intersection of ethics and adoption. Published online October 13, 2020. Adoption Quarterly, DOI:10.1080/10926755.2020.1830326

Kim, J.R. (2020).  Impact of new technologies on family finding. CW360: Permanency and Transitions to Adulthood (Fall 2020). University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Kim, J.R. & Sellmaier, C. (2020). Making disability visible in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education. 56(3), 496-507. DOI.org/10.1080/10437797.2019.1661899

Sellmaier, C. & Kim, J.R. (2020). Classroom and field accommodation experiences of social work students with disabilities. Social Work Education. Published online March 15, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2020.1738375

Kim, J.R., & Tucker, A. (2020). The Inclusive Family Support Model: A conceptual
framework for working with families post adoption finalization. Child and Family Social Work, 25(1), 173-181. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12675

Wu, C.S., Lee, S.Y., Zhou, X., Kim, J.R., Lee, H.W., & Lee, R.M. (2020). Hidden among the hidden: Transracially adopted Korean American adults raising multiracial children. Developmental Psychology, 56(8), 1431-1445.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dev0000881

Zhou, X., Kim, J.R., Lee, H.W., & Lee, R.M. (2020). Adoptees as parents: How Korean American Adoptees talk about ethnicity, race and adoption. Family Relations. Published online April 23, 2020. DOI.org/10.1111/fare.12439

Koh, B.D., Kim, J.R., & McRoy, R. (2020). Adoption-specific curricula in Higher Ed. In Wrobel, G., Helder, E. & Marr, E. (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Adoption. Taylor & Francis, 493-507.

Kim, J.R. & Sellmaier, C. (2020). Making disability visible in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education. 56(3), 496-507. DOI.org/10.1080/10437797.2019.1661899


Kim, J.R., Piescher, K.A., LaLiberte, T.L. (2019). Adoption disruption and dissolution in private, out-of-home care. Adoption Quarterly. Published online Sept. 21, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/10926755.2019.1675838

Kim, J.R., Myers, K., McKee, K. & Raleigh, E. (2019). Conceptualizing an Adoption Pedagogy: Expanding Beyond “Teaching Adoption.” Adoption & Culture, 7(1), 1-5. DOI: 10.26818/adoptionculture.7.1.0001

Kimball, E. & Kim, J.R. (2019). Virtual boundaries: Ethical considerations for use of social media in social work. In Bent-Goodley, T.B., Williams, J.H., Teasley, M.L., & Gorin, S. (Eds.), Grand Challenges for Society: Evidence-Based Social Work Practice. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press, 314-317.

Kim, J.R. (2019). United State of America: The experiences of intercountry adoptive parents opting for out-of-home care for their child. International Reference Center for the Rights of Children Deprived of their Family – ISS Monthly Review No. 237, December 2019, 10-11.

McGinnis, H.A., Baden, A.L., Kim, A.Y. & Kim, J.R. (2019). Generational shifts: Adult adoptee scholars’ perspective on future research and practice. Rudd Adoption Research Program Publication Series: The Future of Adoption. University of Massachusetts Amherst. Available at

Disability Competent-Care Curriculum Workgroup in collaboration with the CSWE
Council on Disability and Persons with Disabilities and the Center for Diversity and Economic Justice (2019). Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability and Disability-Competent Care: Diversity and Justice Supplement. Available at https://cswe.org/Centers-Initiatives/Centers/Center-for-Diversity/Curricular-Resource-on-Issues-of-Disability-and-Di.aspx

Kim, J.R. (2019). Adult Adoptees. Seven-hour training curriculum for Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate training program. Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota School of Social Work, St. Paul, MN.

Semanchin Jones, A., Kim, J.R., Hill, K. & Diebel, J. (2018). Voluntary placements in child welfare: A comparative analysis of state statutes. Children and Youth Services Review, 88, 387-394. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.03.038

Kim, J.R. (2018). The personal is political: Racial identity and racial justice in transracial adoption. Adoptalk, Issue 3. Available at https://www.nacac.org/resource/the-personal-is-political-racial-identity-and-racial-justice-in-transracial-adoption/

Kim, J.R. (2018). Searching for a sense of belonging in SIFF film, “The Return.” International Examiner (May 30, 2018). Available at https://iexaminer.org/searching-for-a-sense-of-belonging-in-siff-film-the-return/

Koh, B.D., Kim, J.R., & McRoy, R. (2017). Exploring adoption-specific curricula in undergraduate and Graduate degree programs. Adoption Quarterly, 20(3), 252-265. doi.org/10.1080/10926755.2017.1349698

Kim, J.R. (2017). “You can’t run into a burning building without getting burned yourself”: An ecological systems perspective of parents choosing out-of-home care for an intercountry adopted child. Families in Society, 98(3), 169-177.

Kim, O.M., Kim, J.R. & Tarnowski, R. (2017). Intercountry Adoption. In Dolan, P. & Frost, N. (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Kim, J.R. (2016). Topics in adoption: Placement discontinuity. University of Vermont School of Social Work, Burlington, VT.

Kim, J.R. & Hall, B. (2016). Transracial and intercountry adoptions: School issues. In Fong, R. & McRoy, R. (Eds.) Transracial and intercountry adoptions: Cultural guidance for professionals and educators. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Kim, J.R. (2016). The good kind of immigrants. In Shin, S.Y. (Ed.) A good time for the truth: Race in Minnesota. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Kim, J.R. (2016). Book Review: How Chinese are you? Adopted Chinese youth and their families negotiate identity and culture. Affilia, 31(3), 390-390, doi:10.1177/0886109915624946

Kim, J.R. (2014). Social work bibliography. Adoption & Culture, 4, 149-158.

Kim, J.R. (2014). Internationally adopted children with disabilities in out of home care: Emerging research on adoptive parent perspectives. The Roundtable, 27(2). Available at https://spaulding.org/wp-content/themes/twentyfifteen-child-

Kim, J.R. (2013). Cooking Lessons. In Chi, S. & Moberg Robinson, E. (Eds.) Voices of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience. New York: Greenwood Press.

Kim, J.R. (2013). An overview of adoption for children with disabilities. CW360: The Intersection of child welfare and disability: Focus on children (Spring, 2013). University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Available at https://cascw.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Spring2013_360_web-FINAL.pdf

Kimball, E. & Kim, J.R. (2013). Virtual boundaries: Ethical considerations for use of social media in social work. Social Work, swt005. DOI:10.1093/sw/swt005.

Kim, J.R. (2012). Some children see him: A transracial adoptee’s view of color-blind Christianity. Journal of Christian Legal Thought, 2(1).

Kim, J.R. (2012). Breaking the silence: Teaching my children how to talk about race and racism. In Ost-Vollmers, K. and Rebholtz, A. (Eds.) Adoptees as Parents. CQT Media & Publishing.

Contact Information:

Box 358425, 1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 692-5623
Email: kimjr@uw.edu