Greetings from Seoul, At Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link we are pleased to announce the 2014 First Trip Home. Our application period will be March 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014. The application is open to current G.O.A.’L members. (If your membership is not current on the date of your application, it will not be considered) Since 2008 Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (G.O.A.’L) have arranged First Trip Home with the aim to reunite Korean adoptees with birth families and provide a unique experience for the participants.
First Trip Home is intended for adoptees that have never previously returned to Korea, and would like to do so in order to conduct a birth family search. Rather than a typical tourist tour of Korea, our First Trip Home is focused on Birth Family Search and the reunion process. This year’s program will take place from Wednesday, August 27, 2014 to Saturday, September 6, 2014. Selection We select the First Trip Home participants based on the following criteria: You have never returned to Korea since your adoption; The availability of your birth family search information. Preference will be given to those born before 1975. (Those born after 1975 are still encouraged to apply)
Selection process is NOT determined by when application is submitted. Q: Why are we focusing on adoptees born before 1975? A: As adoptees get older, the chances of locating the birth mother and/or father decreases; therefore, this year, we will give those adoptees a higher priority. To get more information about this program and the application process, please visit our website at: http://goal.or.kr/content/2014-first-trip-home We hope to see you in the summer!