Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington (AAAW)


REGION SERVED: Washington State


IKAA MEMBER SINCE: Founding Member


Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington (AAAW) provides a welcoming community to new and current participants, a mentorship program for youth adoptees called the Adoptee Mentorship Program (AMP), educational opportunities for Asian/Pacific Islander adoptees, awareness of issues adoptees face, and allyship to adoptees of different nationalities and communities.


On December 7, 1996, a group of adult adoptees met for dinner in Seattle to discuss the potential for an adoptee organization. Although this was the first time some of the adoptees had met, they agreed there was a need for a community and support among adult adoptees. At the time, no groups like this existed in the State of Washington. 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 (AAAW) exists as a result of a belief that together we share a common experience.


  • Monthly dinners and quarterly events (Spring Potluck, Summer Family BBQ, and Holiday Cocktail Party) for adult adoptees to network, socialize, and connect with each other
  • An Adoptee Mentorship Program for youth/teen adoptees
  • In-depth dialogue series for adult adoptees to share our thoughts and experiences on a specific topic in a safe environment
  • Outreach and partnership with other adoptees and outside organizations (Seattle Asian American Film Festival) looking to highlight the adoptee community
  • Scholarship support for language classes, culture classes, heritage summer camps, and study abroad program opportunities