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Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington (AAAW) is a resource that provides mentoring, fellowship and educational opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander adoptees and their community. Based in Seattle, AAAW is a federal 501(c)(3) status nonprofit organization led by an all-volunteer board of directors.
On December 7, 1996, a group of adult adoptees met for dinner in Seattle and began discussing the potential for an adoptee organization. Although this was the first time some of the adoptees had met, they agreed that there was a need for camaraderie among adult adoptees. At that time, no networks existed for adult adoptees in Washington.
Thousands of adult adoptees have been raised in communities devoid of the types of resources available to the current generation of younger adoptees. However, there are many experiences unique to being adopted that many of us share, regardless of our generation. AAAW exists as a result of a belief that together, adoptees are a community.
- Information on upcoming adoptee-related and other Asian American and Pacific Islander community events taking place locally, nationally and internationally
- A social environment for adult adoptees to network and create lasting friendships
- Film screenings and discussions focusing on issues of interest to adult adoptees and their loved ones
- A youth mentorship program and activities for adopted Asian youth and teens
- Outreach events for community members who are interested in learning about the experiences of transnational and transracial adoptees