Being adopted is not a one-time event: it is an experience that lasts a lifetime.

Pact is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color. We welcome all adopted people of color as collaborators in Pact's mission to serve children.

Too 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. Most of our services for adoptees focus on those who are under 18 years old and still living with their adoptive parents. We invite adult adoptees of color to serve as mentors to the youth with whom we work; we also seek adult adoptees of color to serve as educators for the adoptive parents who work with Pact, to help them better understand and support their children. We believe that same-race adoption is easier for children and that transracial adoption works if, and only if, white parents are willing to be honest about white privilege and racism and the impact it has on them and their children. Transracially adopted adults play a crucial role in getting this message across.

We believe adopted people deserve to know their full heritage and should have access to all of their records and birth history. We believe it is a violation of adopted people's civil rights that most states carry laws which make them the only group of adults prevented from having direct access to their original birth certificates. We support open records.

We'd love to hear from you: please contact us at adoptees@pactadopt.org or (510) 243-9460 and let us know how we can help.

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