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Korean Focus of Metro DC offers information and support to families interested in Korean culture and the Korean American community. Korean Focus chapters in Cincinnati, Northern Maryland and the Northwest offer the same support to families in those areas. Our members and friends include adoptive families, adopted Korean Americans, and Korean American families. All are welcome!

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In this eBulletin - scroll down for more information:

  • Thank You for Your Renewal!
  • Korean Focus - CCYF Lunar New Year Celebration Feb. 9 in McLean, VA
  • Barker Foundation Conference March 15 in Rockville, MD
  • Resources for Korean Adoptive Families
  • ASPIRE Awards for Young Asian American Women
  • Korean Language Classes in Korea
Thank You for Your Renewal!

Many thanks to everyone who has renewed their Korean Focus membership for 2008.  We're funded almost entirely by member donations, so every single renewal means a lot to us! Although we'll be reaching out to everyone individually, we want to thank you all collectively, too.

If you haven't yet renewed, we hope you'll consider it.  With your support, we can turn more of your ideas into programs and services.  Dues are only $20 per year, and membership renewal forms can be downloaded here:


If you would rather renew online, visit the Korean Focus Membership and Support page here at
https://www.koreanfocus.org/membersupport.html for information on how to renew by email using Network For Good to make your donation.

If you joined or renewed during 2007 and have questions about the status of your membership, email membership@koreanfocus.org for an update.

Thank you for your support.
CCYF - Korean Focus Lunar New Year Celebration
February 9, McLean, VA

Welcome the Year of the Rat at the Annual CCYF - Korean Focus Lunar New Year Celebration!

February 9, 2008
     1:00 - 4:00 PM

Korean United Methodist Church of Washington

1219 Swinks Mill Road, McLean, Virginia

Fee $5 per person, $20 max per family, children under 3 free

Don't miss one of the largest Korean New Year celebrations in the Washington, DC area! Come and enjoy:

  • Crafts and activities for the children
  • Korean games
  • Story-telling with Chingoo
  • Cooking workshop
  • Performances of traditional Korean music
  • Sebae (Korean bowing) ceremony
  • Photo op in Korean wedding clothes
  • Taekwondo demonstration
  • Hanbok exchange
  • Korean food
  • Korean craft sale
  • Lots of fun and time to socialize

More information to follow as planning continues.  Volunteers of all ages are needed - planners, day-of volunteers, teens to help with the crafts and activities (community service credit will be provided).  If you'd like to join in the planning fun or help on the day of the event, contact info@koreanfocus.org!

Contact info@koreanfocus.org for more information, and check back to the Korean Focus website https://www.koreanfocus.org often for additional details.

Directions to KUMCGW: 

  • Exit the beltway (I-495) onto Route 123 north towards McLean
  • Turn left (west) onto Lewinsville Road (VA Route 694)
  • Follow Lewinsville Road for about 1.5 miles
  • Turn right onto Swinks Mill Road
  • Church on the right near the corner of Lewinsville Road and Swinks Mill Road

Barker Foundation Conference March 15 in Rockville, MD

Don't miss The Barker Foundation's 2008 conference, Connected Lives: Understanding the Birth Parent Experience in Adoption and Foster Care, the first-ever conference
conference presented by birth parents, about birth parents, and for everyone who cares about adoption.

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Shady Grove Conference Center
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Building I
Rockville, MD 20850


  • Patricia Roles, author of the classic Saying Goodbye to a Baby: The Birthparent’s Guide to Loss and Grief in Adoption

  • Gary Clapton, author of the first book about birth fathers, Birth Fathers and Their Adoption Experiences
  • Mr. Lee Seung Hwan, President of The Social Welfare Society of Korea and counselor to thousands of birth mothers

Early Bird Registration:   $85 per person, $140 per couple
After February 27, 2008:   $105 per person, $160 per couple
CEUs available!

Click here for:
The conference brochure in PDF format
Conference registration materials

For more information, visit The Barker Foundation website, or contact Barker at 301-664-9664.

Resources for Korean Adoptive Families


Adoption Movies:

ASPIRE Awards for Young Asian American Women

Do you know a young Asian American woman who deserves recognition for the work she is doing to give back  to her community?  If you do, nominate her for an ASPIRE award.  The winner will be awarded at the Asian American Women in Leadership conference organized by ASPIRE at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard on April 26th, 2008. Let’s  make sure the younger generation of Asian American women are acknowledged, empowered and encouraged by their own community. 
For more information contact Grace Niwa, Chair of the Board of Directors of ASPIRE at

Korean Language Classes in Korea

If your son or daughter is considering taking a Korean language course in Korea, be sure to check out these resources provided by the Korea Tourism Organization.

Korean University Korean Language and Culture Center
Konkuk University Language Institute
Seoul National University Language Education Institute
Sookmyung Women’s University LinguaExpress
Yonsei University Korean Language Institute
Ewha Language Center
HUFS Foreign Language Training and Testing Center
Hanyang University International Language Institute
Hongik University International Language Institute

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