Selected publications

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. (2017). “You can’t run into a burning building without getting burned yourself”: An ecological systems perspective of parents choosing out-of-home placement for intercountry adopted child. Families in Society98(3), pp.169-177. Available online.

Koh, B. D., Kim, J.R., & McRoy, R. (2017). Exploring adoption-specific curricula in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Adoption Quarterly. Available online.

routledge-handbook-of-global-child-welfare Kim, O.M., Kim, J.R. and Tarnowski, R. (2017). International adoption: a global challenge. In Dolan, P. & Frost, N. (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare. Routledge.

Kim, J.R. (2016). Book Review: How Chinese are you? Adopted Chinese youth and their families negotiate identity and culture. Affilia 0886109915624946, first published on January 5, 2016 as doi:10.1177/0886109915624946


Print Kim, J.R. (2016). The Good Kind of Immigrant. In Sun Yung Shin (Ed.) A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, Minnesota Historical Society. For information about A Good Time for the Truth, click here. 


TRA & ICA Adoption BOok Kim, J.R. & Hall, B. (2016) Transracial adoption in the schools. In Rowena Fong and Ruth McRoy (Eds.). Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions. Columbia University Press. Click here for Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions. 


V27N2-2014 Kim, J.R. (2014). Internationally Adopted Children with Disabilities in Out-of-Home Care: Emerging Research on Adoptive Parent Perspectives. Roundtable, 27(4).  National Resource Center for Adoption, 12-14. Available here.

voices-aapi Kim, J.R. (2014). “Cooking Lessons.” In Emily Moberg Robinson (Eds.) Voices of the Asian American Experience. Greenwood Press. More information here.

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

CW360-2013SpringCover-231x300 Kim, J.R. (2013). An overview of adoption of children with disabilities. In CW360: Intersection of child welfare and disabilities – focus on children. Spring, 2013 issue. Available here.

Kim, J.R. (2013). Fearing the adult adoptee. Adoption Constellation Magazine, Fall, 2013. More information about Adoption Constellation Magazine here.

Kim, J.R. (2012). “Some Children See Him: A Transracial Adoptee’s View of Color-Blind Christianity.” Journal of Christian Legal Thought, 2:1. Short article available here and full length available here.


B008YPLCYQ “Breaking the silence: Teaching my children to talk about race and racism.” In Adam Chau and Kevin Ost-Vollmers (Eds.) (2012)  Parenting as Adoptees. CQT Media and Publishing. Electronic versions are available for Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Amazon Kindle.  To order a print copy, click here.

Here_project_cover_320high[1] “Forward” and “Introduction.” In HERE: A Visual History of Adopted Koreans in Minnesota by Kim Jackson and Heewon Lee. (2010).  Click here for HERE:A Visual History of Adopted Koreans in Minnesota

religion-spirituality-korean-america “Waiting for God: Korean American Adoptee experiences of religion and spirituality.” In David Yoo and Ruth Chung (Eds.) (2009).  Religion and Spirituality in Korean America. University of Illinois Press. Click here for Religion and Spirituality in Korean America

outsiders-within “Scattered seeds: The Christian influence on the Korean adoption phenomenon.” In Jane Jeong Trenka, Sun Yung Shin and Chinyere Oparah (Eds.) (2006). Outsider’s within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. Cambridge, MA: South End Press. Click here for Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption

Selected media interviews and appearances


Resilience – 15 page discussion guide authored by Eleana Kim (University of Rochester) with Jae Ran Kim (University of Minnesota) and Kim Park Nelson (Minnesota State University Moorhead)