Exchange Services Resources

The following resources are provided courtesy of Family Design Resources, Inc. and the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE)

  • "Overcoming Barriers - Older Child Permanency" is a workshop delivered at the 2015 AEA Conference by presenters Jane Johnston, PAE Division Manager, and Jon Douglas, PAE Coordinator.

    Description: Matching and placing older, significant needs youth with prospective adoptive families represents one of the most challenging aspects of permanency casework. This workshop discusses outcomes from Pennsylvania’s Older Child Matching Initiative (OCMI), which provides child-specific recruitment services for children over age ten. OCMI employs techniques for harnessing a variety of services for children and families to overcome barriers to permanency. Framed as lessons learned, participants will discuss the trends and realities of permanency for older youth.

  • This resource developed by the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange outlines key considerations for caseworkers and youth in preparing youth to speak publicly at matching and other events.

  • Vincent W. Slaugh, Mustafa Akan, Onur Kesten
    Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    vslaugh@cmu.edu, akan@cmu.edu, okesten@andrew.cmu.edu

    M. Utku Unver
    Department of Economics, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467
    unver@bc.edu

    The Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE) helps case workers representing children in state custody by recommending prospective families for adoption. We describe PAE's operational challenges using case worker surveys. We analyze child outcomes through a regression analysis of data on child outcomes over multiple years and improve the implementation of a family match ranking algorithm through a spreadsheet tool. Using a discrete-event simulation of PAE, we justify the value of a statewide adoption network and demonstrate the importance of the family preference information quality on the percentage of children who successfully fi nd adoptive placements. Finally, we detail a series of simple improvements implemented by PAE to increase the adoptive placement rate through collecting more valuable information and aligning incentives for families to provide useful preference information.


To find out more about how our adoption exchange services support permanency, please contact the Program/Development office.