Our Impact



Founded in 1976, the NWAE was the first regional, multi-state adoption exchange, featuring children from the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and at different points in time, also Nevada, Utah and Montana. We are also one of the oldest adoption exchanges in the country, and a founding member of the Adoption Exchange Association. As early as 1998, we went online with our photo listing services and were the first adoption exchange to do so. Subsequently, we launched the first-ever online adoption exchange exclusive to the State of Washington (in 2004), and to the State of Oregon (in 2010).

Our staff's impeccably high work standards and ethical approach have created a far-reaching impact in the adoption field. We are one of the original five partners of the AdoptUSKids project and currently operate and headquarter their national website.

Since our founding, we have:

  • Recruited families for over 8,500 registered children.
  • Served approximately 700 children annually by the collective NWAE programs.
  • Helped over 80% of our featured children to be placed with adoptive families.
  • Responded to over 5,400 family inquiries during the last year alone.

Thirty years ago, we partnered with the Seattle Times to establish one of the first and only regular newspaper columns on waiting children, now called Saturday's Child. Read more

In August 2010 we were contacted by the White House to bring a small group of waiting foster children to meet President Obama and staff for a party aboard Air Force 1. Read more

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