Our History

Mission Statement:
Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington (AAAW) strives to enable adoptees to connect, share their stories and perspectives with each other, empower adoptees to explore their adoptee identity, serve as a resource for adoptees, and support adoptees wherever they are in their journey.

Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington was founded in December 1996. At the time, there wasn’t an organization that served as a resource for adoptees in the State of Washington. The focus was and has been primarily on resources for adoptees and a mentorship program specifically for adoptee teens. Since then, AAAW continues to provide a welcoming and safe community for all adoptees, plans events and programs that brings adoptees together, offers a Cultural Enrichment Grant for Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander adoptees to further explore their identity or assist them in attending adoptee conferences, distributes a monthly newsletter with the latest updates from AAAW and beyond, and allyship/collaboration with other like-minded adoptee organizations and communities.

Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington is an adoptee-led, all-volunteer federal 501(c)(3) status nonprofit organization. Our volunteers serve on the Board of Directors, Adoptee Mentorship Program, and Event Planning Committee.

There are thousands of adult adoptees that were raised in an environment void of the types of resources currently available. Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington exists as a result of a belief that together we share a common experience.

Milestones of AAAW

  • 2023 – IKAA Gathering 2023
  • 2023 – Adoptee Mentorship Program’s 10th-Year
  • 2021 – AAAW’s 25th Anniversary
  • 2019 – IKAA Gathering 2019
  • 2019 – Begins Allyship with Latin American Adoptees
  • 2019 – Shifts Focus Advocating for Adoptee Citizenship
  • 2018 – AAAW Korean Heritage Celebration
  • 2016 – 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner
  • 2016 – IKAA Gathering 2016
  • 2013 – IKAA Gathering 2013
  • 2013 – Adoptee Mentorship Program (AMP) Launched
  • 2011 – AAAW 15th Anniversary & Mini-Gathering
  • 2010 – IKAA Gathering 2010
  • 2008 – Las Vegas Mini-Gathering Hosted by IKAA & AAAW
  • 2007 – IKAA Gathering 2007

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