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Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE)

The Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange provides suggested matches between approved adoptive familiess with children in the PA child welfare system who are waiting for permanency and: 

  • Who are legally free for 90 days and have no report of intent to adopt filed, and
  • For whom termination of parental rights is being pursued. 


Additional PAE services include:

  • Registering children and families in the database for electronic matching
  • Referring potential matches to the child’s and the family’s agencies 
  • Training workers and families at SWAN/Independent Living meetings and conferences  


The children served by PAE face many challenges, including:

  • Abuse and neglect
  • Multiple placements
  • Drug and alcohol exposure
  • Special education needs
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Mental retardation
  • Special medical care
  • Physical disability