Beth Hall, Pact An Adoption Alliance Executive Director Beth Hall is an adoption educator who, co-founded Pact, An Adoption Alliance, which is a multicultural adoption organization dedicated to addressing essential issues affecting adopted children of color. Pact offers lifelong support and placement services for birth and adoptive families with adopted kids of color. A national speaker, she is also the author of numerous articles and a book, Inside Transracial Adoption, which is filled with personal stories, practical suggestions, and theory, and delivers the message that race matters, racism is alive, and families built transracially can develop strong and binding ties.

Ms. Hall enjoyed a first career as a researcher in the fields of molecular genetics and blood chemistry research after receiving her BA from Reed College in Molecular Genetics. Commitment to family is a way of life for Beth. She is the white adoptive mom of two young adults: Sofia, Latina, and James, African American. Beth grew up a member of an adoptive family—her sister, Barbara, was adopted. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and sometimes her adult children, when they are home.

In 2010 she received the Outstanding Practitioner in Adoption Award from the Adoption Initiative at St. John's University. She currently serves as a contributing author and advisory board member for “Adoption Clubhouse,” a project promoting positive identity in transracially adopted children for the Evan B. Donaldson Institute for Adoption and as an Advisory Board Member for the On Your Feet Foundation, dedicated to supporting birth mothers of adopted children. She has previously served on President Clinton’s Race One America Conversation as a presenter. Under her leadership Pact has been awarded four Federal Grants from the Department of Children, Youth & Families; Children’s Bureau and been selected by the Brookings Institution as one of twenty-five exemplary, high performing non-profits in the US.


Publications

  1. Inside Transracial Adoption, by Gail Steinberg & Beth Hall, Second edition: ©2013, First edition: ©2000 a must-read book that pulls no punches that is already the classic guide to living Inside Transracial Adoption.
  2. Consultant for numerous films dealing with adoption, race and family diversity, including Adopted: We Can Do Better, Visible Differences, First Person Plural, Struggle for Identity, Outside Looking In and That’s A Family.
  3. Pact’s Multicultural BookSource, 1st & 2nd Editions, by Gail Steinberg & Beth Hall, © 2000, a comprehensive reference guide to books on adoption, race and family.
  4. Below The Surface, by Beth Hall & Gail Steinberg, current edition ©2011, original ©1998, a self-assessment guide for adoptive families parenting across racial or cultural lines.
  5. Trainer’s Guide for Transracial Adoption, by Beth Hall & Gail Steinberg, ©1999, a transracial curriculum guide for professional working with adoptive and foster families pre and post placement.
  6. Pact's quarterly magazine Point of View, Editors, Beth Hall & Michele Rabkin, is filled with provocative articles, essays, reviews and fiction about adoption and race by adopted adults and teens, adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoption professionals.
  7. Contributor to CALSWEC (California Social Work Education Curriculum) on Transracial Adoption, ©2004
  8. Numerous articles in related magazines and publication. Many of these articles can be downloaded from Pact's Resource Library.

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Speaking Engagements

When Beth Hall does a training, we expect the sponsoring organizations to provide transportation by mutual consent (one airline ticket to be provided prior to flight), accommodations, and a per diem provided to be made payable to Pact, An Adoption Alliance on the day of the event. For grassroots organizations whose budgets are less we offer some fee reductions each year, you are welcome to inquire if you are interested in having Beth as a speaker. Below are some topics/keynotes/workshops that she typically presents, but she can also address issues specific to your group upon request.
  1. Inside Transracial Adoption: Supporting children while they make sense of race can feel overwhelming, particularly for white parents. As young people experience both overt and subtle racism, how can adults learn to effectively support adoptees of color? How do white children in transracial families understand race? How do we have courageous conversations about racism that feel empowering rather than depressing? Come learn from an experienced adoptive parent and professional whose presentation is filled with real-life stories and practical strategies.
  2. Talking With (Not To) Your Adopted/Foster Child: This workshop is designed to assist parents in acknowledging the issues common to adoptive and foster families. The tone is empowering and upbeat. The strengths of being an adoptive or foster family will be discussed in terms of the closeness and connected-ness that results from acknowledging the losses that bring our families together. Practical ways to discuss adoption with children will be demonstrated.
  3. Interracial Families, Interwoven Cultures: Working With Pre-Adoptive or Foster Parents Who Are Considering or Already Parenting Children of Different Races Beth will focus on evaluation and assessment issues for professionals workings with families considering transracial adoption. She will discuss what works and what doesn’t for African American, Latino, Asian and multiracial children in need of adoptive families and how to evaluate what is sometimes misleading information from clients. Materials have been federally approved for post-MEPA training.
  4. Attachment: A Lifelong Journey to Promote Connection: Making a transition from one family to another makes attachment a sensitive issue throughout life. Some symptoms of attachment sensitivity in kids are being bossy and controlling, lying, resisting authority, low self-esteem, poor impulse control, and lack of trust. This workshop will describe a continuum of attachment issues and assist participants in understanding strategies that promote secure attachment for children from infancy through adulthood.
  5. Open Foster and Adoptive Placements: Recognizing that their are no cookie cutter approaches to building a positive triad relationship, this workshop will address the following kinds of questions and more: How can birth family members remain connected to a foster child without confusing the child? How can complex relationships between adoptive and birth parents be managed for the support of a child? What’s reasonable and how do decisions affect the child? When should a child meet his/her birth family?
  6. Finding the Balance: Attachment, Baggage, Behavior & Discipline: Finding the balance between teaching children how to behave in appropriate ways both at home and in public and giving them voice to express their feelings about adoption, race and family life presents real challenges for many of us as we seek to be both confidant and disciplinarian. Join Beth for an exploration of research-based insight and practical guidance for adoptive parents in ways that promote ongoing connection between parent and child, while giving parents clarity about how to set appropriate boundaries and guidelines for their children.

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Film Clips

To get a flavor of Beth’s presentation style and approach to adoption and race check out some film clips of her speaking on various related topics.

Meet Beth Hall

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Considering Transracial Adoption? Four Questions to Ask Yourself

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Secrecy Versus Privacy When Talking About Adoption

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Are We Parenting in a Post-Racial Society?

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Think Race Doesn't Matter? Why the Difference in Adoption Fees Based on a Child's Race?

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What is Pact Camp?

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