JaeRan Kim Research

Updates on research study

I’d like to give a warm thank you to all of the parents who have shared their stories with me for this study. I have now completed the interview phase of this study.


In addition, I will be moving all of my research updates to my main blog. Please look for information on this study there, as eventually this site will be deleted.


Seeking participants for a study on international adoption

Adopting a child with disabilities can be both challenging and rewarding. Parents who have adopted children from outside the United States with mental health and intellectual/developmental disabilities sometimes struggle to find appropriate pre- adoption education and/or post-adoption support to help them manage the challenges of parenting a child with a disability.

My name is JaeRan Kim and I am looking to interview adoptive parents of internationally adopted children with disabilities for my doctoral dissertation research.


Are you an adoptive parent of an internationally adopted child with a disability?

Since the finalization of your child’s adoption, has the child been placed – either temporarily or permanently – in a group home, residential treatment center, foster care or another adoptive family?

Would you be willing to share your family’s story to help adoption practitioners better understand the pre- and post-adoption resources and supports that would help families like yours?

The purpose of this study is to inform adoption practices and improve adoption supports for families that adopted children with disabilities.

I am looking to interview:

Adoptive parents whose internationally adopted child:

  • Is currently between 6 and 21 years of age
  • Has a disability diagnosed at least 6-months ago (or more) by a medical professional, mental health professional, or school professional for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) including (but not limited to):
    • Intellectual/Developmental disability including Austism Spectrum Disorders
    • FASD
    • Mental health disability
    • Learning disability
    • Physical or medical disability including sensory (vision/hearing) impairment
  • Is currently, or has in the past, been placed  (temporarily or permanently) in any of the following:
    • Shelter
    • Foster care
    • Residential treatment center
    • Group home
    • Hospital treatment center
    • With another caregiver (in legal or informal transfer of custody)
    • With another adoptive family after a dissolution of the adoption

What is involved:

I am asking adoptive parents for about 60 to 90 minutes of their time to interview them about their experiences. Interviews may be conducted in-person (if you are in Minnesota) or on-line through a protected video conference site.

Participation is voluntary and your information will be protected and confidential. Your participation in this study will never be disclosed.

How: To participate in this study, or to find out more information about this study, please contact JaeRan Kim at jaerankim@gmail.com (personal research email), blev0001@umn.edu (university email)  or 612-626-3831.


This study has been approved by the University of Minnesota Institutional Review Board #1301P26761