Helping Members Build Families Through Adoption Since 1982

Welcome to AEA, the country's premier national association of adoption professionals and organizations. AEA provides valuable continuing education and credentialing services to more than 200 adoption workers at public and private child welfare agencies each year. 

AEA is the only national association focused exclusively on supporting the educational needs of those in the adoption profession.  We facilitate the exchange of best practices between those who recruit, develop, and support adoptive parents for children who are waiting to be adopted in the US foster care system.

Login to the AEA online community to network with peers at all levels (executive directors, supervisors, support workers and recruiters), read our national best practice publications, review past webinars, participate in forums and find adoptive matches in our national match catalog.

AEA is proud to serve children and families touched by the system through our national member network. Not a member of AEA? Please join us!