Our Focus and History

Our Focus

KAtCH exists primarily to support and serve the adult Korean adoptee and transnational adoptee communities in the Chicagoland area, building positive connections and a networking within the larger transracial adoptee and AAPI communities. KAtCH’s goal is to create a welcoming space for members of our community where they can connect, learn, grow, give back, and build awareness around issues related to transracial adoption, AAPI experiences, and multiculturalism. We engage our network through monthly social, cultural, and educational events, and offer volunteer and mentoring opportunities throughout the year. We also engage in advocacy to directly support our community. KAtCH is a member of IKAA (International Korean Adoptee Associations) and the USA KAD associations network.

KAtCH organizes a monthly dinner and various cultural events for adoptees, annual events with various Korean American organizations in Chicago, social events for adoptive parents and their families, in addition to volunteering opportunities.

KAtCH has collaborated with Connect-A-Kid, Camp Pride, Families with Children from China Chicago, HANA Center, NAKASEC, and other great organizations.

We are always looking for and welcoming new connections within the adoptee community and we encourage those interested to contact us, “like” our Facebook page, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter!

Our History

In February 2008, KAtCH was founded by Kim Langrehr, Anne Mills, and Katie Stefani. These three adult adoptees met each other at the International Korean Adoptee Association’s (IKAA) Mini-Gathering that took place in Las Vegas, NV in January 2008. After connecting at the IKAA Mini-Gathering they began to build the adult Korean adoptee community that is now known as KAtCH – Korean Adoptees of Chicago.

In May of 2009, we became registered as an Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporation. We are registered as a federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization with the IRS.