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 25 years ago, 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 is also the membership organization for Adoption Exchanges, currently serving approximately 40 member agencies across the country.  AEA’s members recruit permanent families for children in foster care.

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.  The Children’s Bureau five-year agreement was awarded again in October 2012.  More recently, 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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