The Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE) was established in 1979 by the Department of Public Welfare to help County Children and Youth agencies find adoptive families for Pennsylvania’s waiting children. PAE is a major component of the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) as it serves the counties, SWAN affiliate agencies, the general public and interfaces with other state and national adoption exchanges. PAE is not an adoption agency, but serves to connect families who want to adopt with children waiting for a permanent home. Final decisions about adoption are the sole responsibility of the county agency with custody of the child.
What Do We Do?
As part of our service, this Web site helps to recruit and assist families who are interested in adopting or learning more about Pennsylvania’s waiting children.
Who Are These Children?
The children in our Photo Album are in the custody of a county children and youth agency or a private adoption agency. They are special children who require special families. Many have suffered from abuse or neglect. These children may be older, part of a minority group or a siblings group. Many may have one or more disabilities. Like all children, they will thrive in a family who accepts and nurtures them and helps them reach their full potential.
How Does PAE Connect Children and Families?
In addition to this Web site, PAE provides the following services to children, families and agencies:
For more information about PAE, contact us at:
Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange
P.O. Box 4469
Harrisburg, PA 17111-0469