Who comes to Pact Family Camp? What are the benefits?
Youth Demographics (racial demographics include biracial youth)
Types of Adoption
Children: Pact Campers, from infants to teenagers on the verge of adulthood, spend their days at Pact Family Camp with other kids and camp counselors who are like them in very significant ways. For many kids, Pact Family Camp is the one place where they really feel they belong. From preschoolers to high school students, each group has many opportunities for sharing experiences, making meaningful connections--and having fun! Activities are carefully designed to be age-appropriate, with the older children given progressively more independence, both to spend time with their friends and to explore their emerging thoughts and feelings about adoption and race. Click here for more information about programming for children and youth ages:
Adoptive Parents: At Pact Family Camp, adoptive parents of children of color get a rare opportunity to take time out from the rush of everyday life to reflect thoughtfully—in a variety of formats, including keynote lectures, interactive workshops, film screenings, and facilitated group discussions—on parenting, adoption, and race, along with other parents who share their experiences, and expert professionals in the field. Extended family members and birth family members are also welcome to join in the Pact Family Camp experience.
At Pact Family Camp, we are particularly committed to ensuring a safe and positive space for adoptive parents of color and their families. We provide a supportive environment for parents of color—we are here to meet the needs of you and your family. We expect that between 25% and 35% of the families in attendance will include at least one adoptive parent of color; the percentage is increasing each year. If you are an adoptive parent of color, serving you and your family is at the core of Pact’s mission. We want to see you at Pact Family Camp and we are committed to making it an experience that will meet your needs.
Adult adoptees: Pact welcomes 30-50 adult adoptees of color each year to our Camp. At Camp we offer daily programming specific to adopted and fostered adults of color in addition to the programming available to all adult campers. Many adult adoptees and foster alum tell us that Pact Family Camp is the first time they have had the opportunity to be around so many other adults who share their experience. Adopted adults of color are an essential part of Camp, including 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. These adults play a crucial mentoring role for Pact campers of all ages.
Birth/first parents: A growing number of birth/first parents are attending Pact Family Camp; some come with their children’s adoptive families, others without. In keeping with Pact’s values, we include birth/first parents, often the most marginalized members of the adoption triad, not just as one-time guest speakers but as full program participants. We offer specific programing for first/birth parents in addition to the programing available to all adult campers. They also participate in discussions with adoptive parents and the older children. Opportunities for connection between adopted youth and first families are almost non-existent in the adoption world—Pact is paving the way.
Most participants have a lot of questions before they sign up for Pact Family Camp. “Is it worth the money? Is this how we want to spend our vacation? Will my kids enjoy it? Will I?” Families who attend once have a return rate of over eighty percent. The biggest reason is that children tell their parents that Pact Family Camp is like home for them, a place where they feel safe and strong, able to explore the issues that they are often afraid to talk about at home or with their friends.