AKA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) educational organization whose purpose is to foster understanding of adoption issues and to serve as a resource to people whose lives are touched by adoption, the professionals who work with them, and the general public. AKA is supported by membership dues and contributions.
Impact StatementAlthough only 2% of the U.S. population is adopted, 65% has a connection to adoption. Our services are integral to our cultural landscape and well-being.
Needs Statement50% of the money raised will go toward our conference production. The remainder will be used to improve our tech infrastructure (website, office equipment, etc.).
-Karen, Birth parent & Adoptee in reunion
"My heart is filled with gratitude to every volunteer educational speaker, every adoptee, every birth parent and every adoptive parent whose courage in sharing their stories at AKA has provided the knowledge I've needed to better manage my own. I've learned to be a more empathetic, more attuned parent with skills developed as a result of advice and information I may never have known existed. AKA blends the best evidence based science from leading experts with the power of peer-based, practical, firsthand experience to create a greater awareness of and appreciation for the ongoing and tender complexities adoption entails. AKA is a personal connection with real, sometimes critical resources to help at every turn, and friends who understand why it's challenging. The sense of unity that being part of a true community brings is invaluable to us. I owe you all a debt I can only repay by continuing to share your wisdom with my daughter, honoring and respecting her truth, and supporting her with love from every side of her family. Thank you to all the donors who make this forum possible! We are a stronger family because of you!"
-Dawn, Adoptive parent
"Each time I attend an AKA meeting, I'm wishing my colleagues were also gaining the awareness of just how profound these issues are for each party touched by adoption."
- Adoption professional
"When I was beginning to think about searching, it was so helpful to hear birth mothers at AKA talk about their feelings, through the years, about the children they had placed for adoption."
- Birth parent