Development and Well-being of Korean Adoptees

We have completed our twelve-year follow-up survey of families who have children adopted from South Korea. In 2007, more than 400 International Adoption Project (IAP) families completed surveys on the development and well-being of their adopted Korean children, ages 6-12. In 2014, we followed up roughly half the families whose children were now adolescents. Twelve years later, in the 2019-2020 academic year, we followed up with 146 Korean adult adoptees and 195 of their parents for a successful third wave of data collection.

Today, all the Korean adoptees are young adults. Some are in college, others are beginning their careers, and a few have started families. This 12-year longitudinal study provides a unique opportunity to study how cultural, ethnic, and racial experiences during childhood and adolescence can play a role in adult adjustment.

We are currently organizing all three waves of data for analysis.

Upcoming research opportunity: Post-Covid19 Survey of Korean Adoptees
Given the impact of the Covid19 pandemic in 2020, we are planning a follow-up survey for Korean adoptee participants. We will be compensating participants with a gift card. If you are interested in participating, please email us at

This research is being conducted by Distinguished McKnight University Professor Richard Lee in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.