Founded in 1982, The Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) is the country's premier national association of adoption professionals and organizations. AEA is the only national association focused exclusively on supporting the educational needs of those in the adoption profession. The organization serves adoption exchanges, private child-placing agencies, and public child welfare systems by engaging members in national discussions to eliminate barriers to foster care adoption and share best practices.
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.
AEA serves 200 members in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Our members rely on AEA for continuing education and social work credentialing. Our unique peer-led educational courses and hands-on skill-building conferences have increased the competencies of adoption social workers and expanded their professional network. Ninety-five to one hundred percent of survey respondents find our trainings useful and relevant to their work. While we work to encourage our members to incorporate the new learning in their daily adoption practice, we also invite members to transfer their knowledge to the next generation of adoption professionals through our new I-CARE program for students.
AEA is proud to operate AdoptUSKids with the US Children's Bureau and our collaborating partners since 2002. Through this project more than 30,000 children have found permanent adoptive homes after being featured on our national photolisting.
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