1. How will you find the Korean mothers?
We have reached out to media, KAS and the adoption agencies and are working to keep the word out that DNA testing is possible for any birth searching family member.
2. What if I don't pay membership dues but find I have a coded name on my GEDmatch?
If you pay the membership dues, we will give you all the information on that person as long as you can demonstrate that they may be a mother, aunt or first or second cousin to you. Only by paying membership dues will this information be released to you. If you have not paid current membership dues and find yourself with a coded match, the cost for the information will be $300 dollars.
3. How often will you collect DNA?
Our plan is to go to Korea twice a year in teams of 2. We will be operating on a tight budget and most donations will go to the following expenses: airfare, DNA kits, food pantry bags.
4. What if the person that I am matched with has passed?
We will supply you with the information that we have on that person, including photos.
5. If I am interested in participating in your organization, how can I do that?
6. Does anyone in this organization draw a salary?
Everyone involved in this organization does so on a volunteer basis. In fact, those who will be traveling will be doing so partly on specially allocated funds for this (their own money, gifts or FF miles given, etc.). There are many hidden costs of running an organization. From stationery, stamps, to software for bookkeeping, to filing for non-profit status, etc. All of this money has come from our pockets so this is NOT A MONEY MAKING VENTURE for anyone involved in the organization.
7. How will the vetting process be done to prove one is a Korean Adoptee?
Vetting will be done thru our organization for all Korean adoptees living outside the United States. Once Korean adoptee status and shipping payment has been confirmed, we will mail you a DNA kit. International mailings will typically be 2x per week. (For Korean American adoptees vetting is thru the FB group Korean American Adoptees/KAA.)
8. Are membership dues tax deductible?
No. We are providing services to members (potentially DNA match information or a kit) and services are never tax deductible.
9. Can I still get a DNA kit if I am not a member?
As long as you are are Korean adoptee you are eligible for kit.