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Founded in 1982, AEA is the country's premier national association of adoption professionals. We connect our members with their peers and contribute to their learning by facilitating the exchange of best practices. We welcome organizations (private and public), retired professionals and students to join the network. Please click here to learn more about membership. 

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.

AEA was founded in 1982 and serves 200 members in 32 states and the District of Columbia. We are proud to operate AdoptUSKids with our collaborating partners since 2002. AdoptUSKids is a project of the US Children’s Bureau that provides tools and technical assistance to help child welfare systems connect children in foster care with families.

AEA Headquarters

605 Global Way

Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



Our Senior Leadership Team

 Annual Reports

Chief Executive Officer  

Kamilah Bunn

Chief Financial Officer  

John Zabetakis
 2015 Annual Report


 2014 Annual Report


 2013 Annual Report