About Us

The NWAE maintains a professional photo and profile gallery that spotlights children in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, who are waiting for adoptive homes. We offer resources and helpful tips for families who are seeking to adopt, and we facilitate their inquiries on waiting children. We also support the caseworkers who advocate on behalf of children—and the caseworkers who represent families—with information and guidance.

The NWAE oversees the following adoption and foster care programs:

Washington Adoption Resource Exchange (WARE) and the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE)
We host and coordinate these password-protected galleries. These listings are private and are intended for in-state use only. Learn more

Washington Specialized Recruitment Project (SRP)
This program provides enhanced, targeted recruitment for children. Learn more

Kids' Fest
Kids' Fest is a safe, festive party hosted by NWAE semiannually where legally free Washington children waiting in state foster care for adoption and eligible-to-adopt Washington parents can get acquainted. Learn more

Northwest Adoption Exchange has planned and managed Kids’ Fest for over 20 years.

Media outreach and partnerships
We maintain a comprehensive media network and coordinate Saturday's Child newspaper articles and various Wednesday's Child TV programs throughout the region. We partner with:

  • The Seattle Times for a weekly Saturday's Child column.
  • KIFI anchor Jay Hildebrandt in Idaho Falls, Idaho to produce and air weekly Wednesday's Child features for children in Washington and Idaho.
  • KXLY anchor Robyn Nance in Spokane, Washington to produce and air weekly Wednesday's Child features for children in Washington.

"Doing Wednesday's Child reports for the past 26 years with the help of organizations like the Northwest Adoption Exchange has been the most rewarding part of my broadcasting career. There's nothing better than working with dedicated professionals who care about children and using the power of the media to see those children placed in loving adoptive homes."

—Jay Hildebrandt, KIFI

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