Our central goal is to ASSIST and ENCOURAGE our members nationwide
as they find adoptive families for
ALL children
and youth who wait in foster care.

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Mission Statement
Because all children need families, the Adoption Exchange Association serves its members by stimulating innovative solutions, eliminating barriers, advocating, educating, and sharing excellent practice. Our central goal is to assist and encourage our members nationwide as they find adoptive families for all children and youth who wait in foster care.

Founded in 1982, AEA is a national non-profit organization committed to the adoption of waiting children. AEA is the lead agency in AdoptUSKids, a Federal grant through the Children’s Bureau, to recruit adoptive families for children waiting in foster care across the United States. AEA membership is comprised of recruiters, trainers, supervisors and senior leaders. AEA facilitates the sharing of tried and true methods to recruit and retain high-quality foster care homes and adoptive homes for abused and neglected children.

The Adoption Exchange Association, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, was incorporated in 1986. The organization receives a mix of funding, including a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Children’s Bureau, membership dues, and in-kind support from its partner agencies. AEA has increased efforts to raise foundation, corporate, and individual grants and contributions. Members of the all-volunteer Board of Directors contribute financially to the organization. AEA is also a member of the Combined Federal Campaign, and receives contributions from government employees nationwide.


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