What is an adoption exchange?

edited March 8 in Affording Adoption
What is an adoption exchange?

Best Answer

  • Answer ✓
    There are over 100,000 kids in the US who are living in the foster care system but hoping to be adopted by forever families. Every year, 20,000 of these kids "age out" out of foster care. Outcomes for these kids are not the best. They are far LESS likely to obtain higher education and find gainful employment, and are far MORE likely to experience homelessness, incarceration, and unplanned pregnancies.

    Some important things to keep in mind when thinking about kids in foster care:

    -These are NOT bad kids! They were been placed in foster care because of the poor choices of their parents or other caregivers. They've been through a lot, and experienced some painful and traumatic losses in their lives. Because of that, parents do need to be prepared to help them process and overcome the challenges they've been dealt.

    -Teens need families too. They need a place to come home to on holidays and weekends. They need parents to call and ask for advice. They need parents to help them figure out how to navigate the challenges of adulthood.

    -Siblings want to stay together. There are many sibling groups in the foster care system who are hoping to be adopted into the same family. They've been each others' rock through ups and downs and they need each other!

    The Adoption Exchange is a non-profit organization that is aimed at helping kids in foster family find their forever families.

    There are three main areas of focus for the Adoption Exchange:


    Finding families to adopt children who have survived abuse and neglect and will not be reunited with their birth families.


    Guiding families through the adoption process, from the beginning through parenting challenges. This includes support groups and education.


    Helping train child welfare professionals, foster families, and adoptive families.

    The Adoption Exchange provides services in Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Check out their website! https://www.adoptex.org/learn-about-us/

    And here is some more info about adopting from foster care:
Sign In or Register to comment.