Pact Teen & Tween ClubsTeen Club is a social group, not a support group, especially for adopted and fostered teens of color — although all adopted and or foster youth are invited to participate. The monthly meetings alternate between mentoring sessions that include facilitated discussions about race and being adopted, and social activities and projects. Some of the Teen Club coordinators, mentors, and chaperones are themselves adopted adults of color. Teen Club activities not only allow time for friendships to form and grow, but incorporate creative and expressive ways for youth to think about their lives as adopted and fostered people. The Tween group (ages 10 and up) meets at the same time as the Teen group, but has its own mentors and activities.
NorCal Drop-In Support Group for Adopted Adults of ColorPact is collaborating with PACER to offer a free, drop-in, peer-led support group specifically for adoptees of color. This group will be a safe space for adult adoptees of color to connect, listen and share their experiences of growing up in an adoptive family. Space will also be provided for participants to explore and share experiences around international adoption, foster care, transracial adoption, search and reunion.
Pact Family CampPact Family Camp is a weeklong summer camp specifically designed for adopted children of color of all ages — from infancy to adolescence — and their families. Camp allows them to spend time surrounded by other kids "just like them" — building community, sharing experiences, and having fun. Adult adoptees of color are an essential part of Camp, including many of the renowned adoption professionals, researchers, and authors who speak to and work with both children and parents, as well as many of the counselors in the children's program. Adult adoptees play a crucial mentoring role for Pact campers of all ages — and also have a chance to build their own community as they connect with one another during their week at Camp.
Pact's Point of ViewOur quarterly magazine on issues of adoption, parenting, and race, Pact's Point of View, includes contributions from all members of the adoption triad-adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. We are always seeking new voices if you are interested in writing a book or film review, or submitting a personal essay, feature article, poetry or fiction, please contact Editor Michele Rabkin.
Speaking Opportunities for Adult AdopteesWe believe that adult adoptees are the best experts on their own experience. We invite adopted adults to participate in our workshops and discussion groups to educate parents about the feelings and experiences that their own children are likely to have so they can become better adoptive parents. Speakers receive an honorarium because we want to acknowledge the importance of the adoptee voice in the world of adoption. Please contact us if you are interested in being involved as a parent educator.
Mentors, Counselors, and Chaperones for Pact YouthSpending time with adopted adults means so much to adopted kids. We are always looking for dedicated, energetic, compassionate adopted people to work with our kids as mentors, counselors, and chaperones at Pact Camp, Teen & Tween Clubs and other Pact events. There are a variety of volunteer and job opportunities for both adults and teenagers. If you share Pact's values (see Overview & Mission) and want to get involved, please contact us for more information about applying.
Advisory Board of Adoptee and Foster-Care Alum of ColorToo often in the adoption field, the adoptee perspective is subordinated to that of the adoptive parent. We believe that adult adoptees are the truest experts on their own experience. We welcome adoptee voices and support them as part of our mission. Members of Pact’s Adult Adoptee of Color Advisory Board are asked to give feedback and advice to the organization regarding programming and policies.
Informational ResourcesWhile most of Pact's services and programs focus on adoptees under 18 years of age, we do strive to connect adult adoptees with resources that will be useful to them.