The Association of Korean Adoptees San Francisco (AKASF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the San Francisco Bay Area Korean Adoptee community. It doesn’t matter whether you are new to the community or have been involved for many years. Our mission is to support, educate, and foster community, inspiring adoptees on their life journeys.


Our History

In 1997, AKASF began helping adopted Koreans find one another and connect to their Korean heritage, culture, and birthland. Early activities included sharing our experiences by speaking on panels, “Playshops” with adopted children, dragon-boating, and co-sponsoring screenings of groundbreaking films by Deann Borshay Liem. AKASF hosted its 20th Anniversary and the International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) Annual Convention in the fall of 2017, bringing together over 230 participants. Today, we continue to help welcome and connect adoptees to the community and through meaningful services/events and continued leadership to the local and broader Korean adoptee community.

What we do

  • Monthly meet up events, which have included:
    • Korean Culture: Cooking classes, Film Screenings, SF Giants Korean Heritage Night
    • Socials: Happy hours (Soju Talks) and dinners
    • Workshops: Adoptee Citizenship and Writing Workshops
    • Discussion Groups: Focused conversations on topics in the adoptee community (adoptees only)
  • Collaborate and participate with local organizations who support the adoptee and/or the Korean American community. Examples include:
    • Korea Center’s Bay Area Chuseok Festival
    • CAAMFest (Asian American Film Festival)

See our past events page to view recent events.

A Hub to Explore the Korean Adoptee Community

Want to get involved? Have questions about AKASF? Email us at info@aka-sf.org.