Adopted from Korea, Beth first started working with transracial adoptees in 2005 as a Holt camp counselor and in 2007 Assistant Director. Inspired by observing and experiencing the transformative impact of the adoptee community, specifically for young people, this sparked a passion and commitment to the community. After earning her Master of Social Work in 2008, Beth worked in public child welfare. Beth is currently a Teaching Associate for the University of Washington School of Social Work’s Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program, a holistic therapist for Infinitely Well Seattle, and volunteers with agencies in WA which advocate for young people experiencing homelessness and/or foster care. She lived in Korea in 2011 for a year and a half, where she reconnected with her birth family and started a volunteer program at Emmanuel Children’s Home. Beth has had the privilege to be volunteering with the Adoptee Mentorship Program since it was founded in 2012.
Saul took his first steps toward a career as a social worker in 1997 as a JustServe AmeriCorps volunteer. Since then, he has gained professional experience working with children, youth, and families in a variety of settings and received his Master in Social Work in 2007. Currently Saul works as an Assistant Teaching Instructor for the University of Washington School of Social Work Office of Field Education. He has traveled back to his birth country, Vietnam, three times since being adopted in 1975 at 2 years old; his first trip in 2000 was with the Holt Motherland Tour. Saul has been volunteering with the Adoptee Mentorship Program since it was founded in 2012.
Hanna Prange, AMP Co-Chair, Mentor
Hanna has served as a chair and/or mentor since its inaugural program year. She previously attended and volunteered at both Holt Camp International and KIDS camp in Seattle prior to moving to Seattle. Hanna currently works as a lead physical therapist and previously was a volunteer recreational therapy aide at the Holt Ilsan Center for People with Disabilities in Ilsan, South Korea. She has been able to travel back to Korea three times; her first trip was on the 2003 Holt Motherland Tour when she was 16 years old and most recently as an adult with her partner, Oren. Hanna is currently taking Korean language lessons and looks forward to visiting Korea again with her new language skills.
Rose, transracially adopted from India in 2000 by a single mother, is a student in the University of Washington’s Social Welfare program at the Seattle campus. For 8 years, Rose volunteered with the World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP) international adoption agency in Renton, Washington, where she helped fundraise to help alleviate costs associated with international adoption and improve the non-profit’s website. Rose has also volunteered as a tutor at Seattle Central College’s Adult Basic Education program to tutor adults working towards their GEDs, where she ran small in-class workshops regarding English and Math prep for the GED and tutored students one-on-one in person and remotely before and during the pandemic. As a child, Rose had the privilege of meeting other transracial adoptees through WACAP and found the experience of connecting with other adoptees to be reassuring and helpful in her journey as a transracial adoptee herself. Now, Rose is a senior practicum student in the University’s BASW program and is looking forward to giving back to the transracially adopted community by participating as a practicum student at AMP by working with both the AIRE and PAIRE programs.
Eliza was born in Shenzhen, China, and was adopted in 1996 at the age of 4. When she was 18 years old, she visited her birthplace with CCAI Adoption Services on the Chinese Heritage Tour. In college, Eliza had an opportunity to be a camp counselor for 2 years with a Chinese heritage camp program near Denver, Colorado. Although Denver is considered home, Eliza has also lived in Austin and Seattle. After making close connections with the Asian American community in Austin, she sought to find a similar community in Seattle with AMP in 2020. Eliza is currently an account manager who helps small business owners grow and manage their online stores. On the weekends, she loves hiking and learning new backpacking skills.
Chris was adopted from Seoul, South Korea and grew up near Columbus, Ohio. In 2008, Chris traveled to Korea for a “Homeland Journey” and during that time was able to reunify with his biological family. Since then, he has studied Korea’s language, culture, and history, which has allowed him to feel more connected with his birth country and family. Chris moved to Washington State in 2014 and shortly after got involved with AAAW and AMP. This will be his seventh year volunteering as a mentor. He has found it rewarding to not only share his experience but learn from others and help guide and connect with the mentees. Nothing like this program existed for Chris when he was growing up, so it has been a great opportunity!
Amber was born in Suwon, South Korea and raised in rural Nebraska. She met her adoptee mentors through Holt Camp, which she attended through middle and high school. Amber volunteered for KIDS Camp in Seattle during her undergrad years. Amber first visited Korea for an international adoptee gathering in 2010. In 2012-2013, she lived in Korea, teaching English to high school students and volunteering at Emmanuel Children’s Home. Her favorite activities in Korea are buying skincare products, going to the spa, eating Korean BBQ, and karaoke. Amber has worked with youth in public schools, girls rock camp, sex education, and LGBTQ programs. Amber moved to Seattle to attend the University of WA School of Social Work in 2018. She is the policy director at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Amber was an AMP mentor during the 2018-19 year, and has returned because she missed being around adoptees!
Cha Cha was born in Hunan Province in China and adopted at age three by two women from Seattle, WA. At age seven, she went back with her two parents to adopt her sister from China. She recently graduated with her Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. Her passion is in environmental justice policy, at the intersection of racial, social and economic justice. Currently, she is interning at DSHS’s Economic Services Administration – Community Service Division to learn about how the state can transform case management so it is more equitably accessible for customers. This is Cha Cha’s first year with AMP. After participating as a member and then a student lead for UW School of Social Work’s Transracial Adoptee Group for two years, she was encouraged by her faculty staff to apply to be an AMP Mentor. After applying and accepting the offer to be a Mentor, she is excited to continue building relationships within the adoptee community and provide support for other adoptees.