JaeRan Kim, PhD, MSW, LISW
University of Washington, Tacoma
Social Work and Criminal Justice Program
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
Kim, J.R. (in press). 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.
Kim, J.R. (in press). Impact of new technologies on family finding. CW360: Permanency or Aging Out (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
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.
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.
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