FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How will you find the Korean family members?
We have reached out to media, NCRC (National Center for the Rights of the Child), the adoption agencies, and the Korean National Police to let the public know that DNA testing is freely available for any birth searching family member or family member who is searching for a missing person.
2. No membership, but find I have a coded name on my FTDNA or GEDmatch accounts?
If you pay the membership dues, we will give you all the information on
that person as long as you can demonstrate that they are a close DNA match to you (200 cMs or higher). Only by paying membership dues will this information be released to you. For Europeans this information is
available to you as long as you have paid the admin fee along with your shipping costs.
3. How often will you collect DNA?
We have a full-time team in Korea who are distributing and collecting DNA kits and managing projects there.
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?
Our board members do not draw a salary and work only on a volunteer basis.
Our staff in Korea are paid and salary for the Korea staff comes out of the organization's operating budget. There are other operational costs including postage, bookkeeping and tax accounting
and preparation, liability insurance, etc. Any money received by the organization
via membership or donations goes toward the operating costs.
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. For Korean adoptees living in the United States
vetting is done thru the facebook group Korean American Adoptees/KAA (www.facebook.com/groups/KoreanAmericanAdoptees/) and a request
for a free kit must be through that facebook group. Postage for mailing a kit to a US adoptee MUST be paid on our website to have a kit mailed to you but only after you have been vetted by KAA. Once you have been vetted, and postage has been paid, your name will be added to the distribution list. Kits are mailed about twice per month.
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 a free kit (but you must pay postage and handling). Or if you are a Korean vet or a
family member of a Korean vet you also can qualify for a free DNA kit. Any person of
Korean descent can also receive a free kit.