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Discover the value of membership by joining AEA’s premiere national network of adoption professionals. AEA is a dynamic community of adoption recruiters, trainers, supervisors and senior-level leaders. We help our members build families through adoption, share solutions through our unique peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and exchange information on waiting families and children through our national publications, conference, and quarterly events.  

Our core member benefits listed below are provided to all of our members, including students, retired professionals, and organizations. Organizations may opt to enhance their membership with AEA by: 1) investing in our platinum package which offers complimentary registration to the National Conference; or 2) investing in our gold package which offers additional recruitment training for their staff. To learn more about our membership, download our membership brochure. Download current member pricing here. Please email us if you have questions. We are eager to welcome you.



Free Continuing Education Units, Webinars

Learn the latest techniques to recruit families for children in foster care. AEA’s Learn with AEA Webinar Series are led by your peers and cover topics relevant to adoption recruiters, trainers, and support workers. AEA offers continuing education units from the National Association of Social Workers for all of its Learn with AEA webinars.

National Conference

The AEA conference is an intimate gathering providing rare access to others in the adoption recruitment, retention, and support field. Adoption professionals who attend our conference cultivate relationships, develop strategic partnerships, and learn new techniques and innovations in the field of foster care adoption. Members receive deep discounts on the registration fee, and receive free continuing education units.

Online Community

Available 24 hours a day, AEA’s online community provides a unique opportunity for members to informally share or seek advice on recruitment strategies at any time of day or night. Through our mobile-friendly site, members can search and find their counterparts in other parts of the U.S., and maintain a personalized member profile to network and share their skills with other adoption professionals. AEA's online community app is coming soon for iOs and Android!

National Matching Catalog

AEA’s Collaborate publication provides a unique opportunity for members to promote and showcase their waiting children and families throughout the AEA community. The catalog is shared with members of AEA only, not the general public, therefore it provides an outlet to promote waiting children whose recruitment is restricted by their county’s court system.

National Adoption Matching and Conference 

Based on effective models around the country, AEA provides an unparalleled opportunity for members to present their waiting children and families to AEA’s national community through facilitated phone calls and an in-person matching event at the National Conference. Interjurisdictional placement guidance is also offered.

CEO Forums

Our forums, Partners in Success, developed for senior leaders and state adoption managers tackle topics relevant to their work: leading child welfare organization through system change, integration, policy, human resources and more. These facilitated peer-to-peer webinar discussions provide access to other adoption leaders facing similar issues who can offer solutions and support.  

Peer to Peer Publication

AEA’s Member of the Month publication highlights a member who has implemented a successful strategy to recruit or retain permanent homes for sibling groups, teens, LGBTQ youth and those with special medical needs.  

Standards in Practice

As the country’s only national association of adoption exchanges, AEA’s Standards in Practice is codified by our Board of Directors, and issued especially for members. All member adhere to AEA’s standard in practice.