Helping Members Build Families Through Adoption Since 1982

Welcome to AEA, the country's premiere national association of adoption professionals. We serve 200 members nationwide providing critical continuing education and peer support.

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 trainings, 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! Click here to read about our current Every Child Campaign!